On the set of BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON, Arlberg Region
An abundant variety of film locations in Austria
The enchanting architecture of the city of Salzburg and the idyllic landscapes of its surroundings served as the set and backdrop for the world’s most successful movie musical of all time, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, starring Julie Andrews. Orson Welles‘, THE THIRD MAN, another classic in international film history and crowned “Best Film of the 20th Century“ by the British Film Institute, was set in unforgettable locations in the city of Vienna.
Austria’s compact size boasts a cornucopia of distinct and diverse film locations rarely matched anywhere else in the world. Ice-blue glaciers, unusual ice landscapes, and majestic mountain ranges stun visitors in dwindling altitudes. Vast pastures, sun-drenched rolling hills, forests of all types imaginable descending into colorful meadows and fields have impressed many film crews in the past. The world of water stretches from crystal-clear Alpine lakes, roaring mountain streams and waterfalls to ruggedly romantic gorges and ravines all the way to long, calm rivers and swimming lakes. Quite a few lake districts exude a Mediterranean flair and double as a Southern European landscape. Historic castles and ruins, imposing monasteries, stately manors, and rustic farmhouses, all attractive motifs for international film productions, are sprinkled throughout this breathtaking setting. Urban centers featuring modern architecture and internationally renowned avantgarde design stand in juxtaposition to these rural locations.
Trace Austria’s legendary film history:
The Sound of Music Tour
The Third Man Tour
Clips from The Third Man
Location Databases, Archives and Libraries
Our Location Database offers an overview of the great variety of film motifs in Austria. The photo archives of the Austrian National Tourist Office, regional film commissions, and regional tourist offices provide further assistance in finding the perfect location. These archives contain thousands of categorized images of landscapes, villages, cities, art, culture, folk, architecture, people, etc.
Wild.Media offers an online-portal to the Austrian Federal Forests (ÖBf) featuring a wide spectrum of nature locations in Austria (currently in German only).
Several archives and libraries contain hundreds of thousands of art objects, portraits, and copper plates, useful for researching historical film projects:
Austrian National Library
Vienna Theater Museum