Do you know some of your favorite movies have been filmed in Prague? Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic and the definition of culture, is worldwide known for many things like unbelievable architecture, unique beer, and the beautiful river Vltava. But many people aren’t aware of the fact that Prague was, still is, and will be a top destination for film shooting. Just imagine how would you feel if you stepped in the same room where your favorite movie character James Bond drank his “shaken, not stirred” martini or where Ethan Hunt made the “Mission: Impossible” totally possible!
One would be surprised by the number of famous movies filmed in Prague and if you are a film lover, this is a unique opportunity for you to visit authentic places that were home for filming top-rated classics and that will live in those films eternally.
For all of you film fanatics visiting Prague, I made a specific list of places where all the exciting movie scenes were made and the ones I think you shouldn’t miss while staying there.
You should consider yourself lucky if you find a person who knows that one of the most beautiful sights in Prague, Prague Castle, was also an important place where “The Illusionist” was filmed. It was a phenomenal film with Edward Norton and Jessica Biel as leading actors. Since the Prague Castle is still in an excellent state of preservation, it perfectly pictured 19th-century architecture and made a great impression on the film audience. Don’t even think about avoiding this phenomenal place while staying in Prague!
Charles Bridge is probably one of the most popular places that made Prague famous all around the globe and it is not likely for you to miss it if you are in Prague. But, the fact that actor Vin Diesel performed a crazy car chase over Charles Bridge full of tourists in the film called “xXx” might make this bridge even more interesting to you. It is safe to say that you will have questions about his amazing driving abilities when you see how narrow the bridge with hundreds of tourists can be!
Old Town Square
The Old Town Square is the central location of the city of Prague. A place where all tourists go and where you can see all the vividness of this city. However, a very small number of people know that the film called “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”, starring Tom Cruise was one of the first-ever films that took place in Prague. We are sure that it would be great to run along the Square as a globally known fugitive spy Ethan Hunt, also known as brilliant Tom Cruise.
Have you ever seen a place so mesmerizing that it influenced you from the very first moment you saw it? The definition of mesmerizing place is called Strahov Monastery, a gorgeous place that was built in the 12th century. The fact that it was a part of the legendary film James Bond: Casino Royale proves how important and classy this monastery is. Don’t miss it for the world!
National Monument, Vitkov Hill
If you ever watched Guillermo del Torro’s film “Hellboy”, you should definitely visit this impressive place located on Vitkov Hill, Prague. It represented Hellboy’s residence and it is probably the most striking location from this film also known as the “Squeaky Clean Waste Management Plant” in “New Jersey”.
Would you take a chance to see a location where a movie that got 8 Oscar awards was filmed? We hope your answer is yes because Estates Theatre was one of the crucial locations for Milos Forman, director of the impressive film about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart called “Amadeus”. It is not the first time that the city of Prague plays the role of other cities like in this movie. Because of its phenomenally preserved architecture and authenticity, Prague is actually playing Vienna, the capital of Austria, where the whole story about Mozart took place in real life.
Another specific location that you just wouldn’t want to miss in Prague is Hradčany Square. Not only because of the beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral surrounded by this square but because it was one of few Prague locations in the film called “A Knight’s Tale” with the late Heath Ledger as the leading actor. I’m sure that visiting Hradčany Square will definitely bring back the memories of this fantastic movie.
The Troja Castle is one of the most beautiful properties that we have ever seen and it is crucial to emphasize its importance in the making of the film called “Les Miserables”, starring Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, and Uma Thurman. This huge property was a court in this film and it is one of the nicest places you can see in Prague, without any doubt!
This interesting building was a place for filming many famous movies and it is definitely worth visiting for several reasons. First, some scenes of “James Bond: Casino Royale” were filmed there. Secondly, if you are a fan of horror movies, it might be interesting to you that Danube House was one of the locations for filming “Omen”. We surely recommend this urban building as one of the coolest places to visit in Prague!
Now that you have read a little about the most famous movies that were filmed in Prague, it is the right time for you to start planning your trip to the crib of European culture and experience all the scenarios that your favorite actors went through in this picturesque city.
Afterward, you can feel like you are in a fairytale of your own with a trip to the medieval town and castle Cesky Krumlov. Read more about Cesky Krumlov here. (Written by Patti from luggageandlipstick.com)
When you are there you can’t miss seeing the 600-year old Astronomical Clock. My favorite hotel is the Klarov Hotel. Read about my stay at the Klarov Hotel here. Check availability here. Pack your bag because you are setting off on a phenomenal adventure!