Combine your guided bus tour of Munich with a behind-the-scenes walk at one of Europe's biggest working film studios – the Bavaria Film Studios. From the submarine in Oscar-nominated German classic Das Boot to the messy classroom of Germany’s recent comedy smash hit Fack Ju Göhte, a tour through the Bavaria Film Studios is sure to be a film fan experience to remember…
How do I get there?
For English speakers, the best way to see the Bavaria Film Studios (Bavaria Filmstadt in German) is the guided bus combo tour, which includes a sightseeing tour of Munich and an English guided tour through the studios.
If you would like to go there by yourself, you need to take Tram 25 towards Grünwald and get off get off at Bavariafilmplatz. Bear in mind there is about a 10 minute walk from the tram stop to the studios.
For more information, check out the Bavaria Filmstadt website.
When to go?
It's important to remember that the Munich Sightseeing + Bavaria Film Studios combo tour can only be booked from April to October.
If you're coming on your own, bear in mind that English guided tours through the studio grounds are only offered during the high season, which runs from the end of March to the beginning of November each year.
During the this time, the 4 D action cinema experience will be available at 1 pm in English followed by an English language tour.
It may also be worthwhile to note that much of the guided film studios tour takes place outside, so make sure you dress according to the weather.
What’s there to see?
The combo tour by bus starts with a drive around the city. A guide on board of the bus will introduce you to all sightseeing highlights of Munich, such as the Marienplatz with its famous Glockenspiel, or the Pinakotheks with their renowned art collections.
Afterwards, the bus will drop you off at the film studios. On a guided tour in English, you will see several film locations from national and international blockbusters and learn more about modern filming techniques.
Read more about what you can do in Munich in my Quick Guide to Munich
Here are six highlights from the tour:
1. Step into the king's royal chambers from Ludwig II (2012)
In 2012, a new German feature film was released about the life of Ludwig II – the King of Bavaria who built Neuschwanstein Castle and was also occasionally called "The Fairytale King" or the "the Mad King".
On the tour, you will see the film locations for the inside of Ludwig's palaces as well as a replica of the king's golden carriage made especially for the film.
2. Walk through the submarine from Das Boot (1981)
At the section for Oscar-nominated international film hit Das Boot, you can walk through the submarine replica that was used for filming.
There is light at the end of the tunnel…
3. Explore the fantasy world of NeverEndingStory (1984)
The NeverEndingStory is a 1984 English-language epic fantasy film (later followed by two sequels) that was entirely produced and filmed in West Germany.
Many years before Game of Thrones, there was already a flying dragon on the loose. Here, you can sit on Falkor – the fluffy fella from the movies.
4. Sit behind the teacher's desk in the messy classroom from Fack Ju Göhte (2013, 2015 and 2017)
The Fack ju Göhte films were a huge success and are among the highest grossing German films ever.
I personally wasn't that impressed and think there are many other German comedies that are a lot better. Nevertheless, it was kind of cool to step into the classroom that was used as one of the main filming locations for the three films released in 2013, 2015 and 2017 respectively.
5. Visit the Gaelic village from Asterix and Obelix Take on Caesar (1999)
In 1999, the first of fours films based on the successful comic book series Asterix and Obelix was shot here at the Bavaria Filmstadt. Relive the adventures of Asterix (Christian Clavier) and Obelix (Gérard Depardieu) – two Gauls that manage to resist the mighty Roman Empire – with a walk through their cute little village.
6. Board the Air Force One from Big Game (2014)
In Big Game, the Air Force One is shot down by terrorists leaving a fictitious President of the United States played by Samuel L. Jackson stranded in the wilderness of Finland. Although set in Finland, the film was shot in Germany, for example here at the Bavaria Filmstadt in Munich, where you can enter the film's Air Force One.
In addition to these six highlights, you will pass by a few other film sets, including those from films that are currently being shot.
With a normal entry ticket you will also get access to the Bullyversum – an interactive entertainment hall about the films and TV sketches by German comedian Michael "Bully" Herbig. Everything here is in German though, so this may not be of interest to you if you are an English speaker.
How much does it cost and how can I book?
The combo tour including a guided drive around the city, transport to the studios and a guided tour through the Bavaria Film Studios currently costs 30 € per person and can be booked via GetYourGuide.com.
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"Viking ship" at the Bavaria Film Studios
Unless otherwise credited, all photos by © Sonja Irani | filmfantravel.com
Disclosure: This blog post includes affiliate links to GetYourGuide.com. If you click on any of these links and make a booking through this link, I will receive a small affiliate fee. In order to write my review, I received a complimentary ticket for the Bavaria Film Studios. The views expressed in this blog post, however, are entirely my own and thus reflect my honest option.