Bavaria Film Sudios

(photo credit Alexander Z.)

Founded in 1919, Bavaria Film is one of Europe's biggest film production companies, and its vast 356,000m2 location in Geiselgasteig in the southern district of Grünwald has been home to some of the industry's biggest names producing films. 

This is where Alfred Hitchcock shot his first film, The Pleasure Garden. Stanley Kubrick (Paths of Glory), Orson Welles (The Deep) and Oliver Stone (The Snowdon Files) are just some other world famous directors who have produced work at the Bavaria Film Studios. The German versions of Monty Python's Flying Circus were also recorded here, and Munich's strong presence as a location for TV crime thrillers (as opposed to its real image as a safe city) is due to the location of the studios.

The Bavaria Film Studios tour is a popular attraction for all the family, including watching real live filming and walking through some famous sets. As the official website describes it:

"The Bavaria Filmstadt – Home of your movie stars. Walk through one of Europe’s biggest film-making facilities with (its) daily shootings. Experience the development of popular cinema- and TV-highlights and become part of a fascinating world of almost unlimited possibilities.

"Be taken away by spectacular film-making techniques and gain behind the scenes insights of real adventure movies. Travel through exciting decades of German and international film history.

Experience the Filmstadt’s diversity at a convenient all-inclusive price. That means a 90 minutes guided tour with exciting background information and breathtaking moments in the 4D motion simulation cinema. A friendly Filmstadt Tourguide leads you from set to set and provides you with all the important information about the highlights of the German and international world of acting. A variety of interactive movie sets and a funny as well as informative adventureworld – the Bullyversum – is also included in the Filmstadt Complete offer. Enjoy your special day on the set. Your advantage: everything at an all-inclusive price!"

Ticket prices are for Filmstadt Complete (27.50 for adults, 21.50 for kids aged 7-17, family ticket available only on Sunday 42 euro), which includes the guided tour, Bullyversum, and 4D motion cinema, although these can all be bought separately much cheaper. See the price list here.

Opening times:

March 28 - November 8, 2015 - 09:00 - 18:00, with last entrance for Filmstadt Complete at 14:30, for the guided tour at 16:30

November 9 - March 18, 2016 - 10:00 - 17:00, with last entrance for Filmstadt Complete at 13:00, for the guided tour at 15:30

 The studios are open 363 days a year, only closing on December 24 and 25.

To reach it by public transport, take tram 25 to Grünwald, exit at Bavariafilmplatz. From there it’s a 10minute walk.

Bavaria Film GmbH
Bavariafilmplatz 7
82031 Geiselgasteig in Munich

Phone: +49 89 6499-2000
Fax: +49 89 6499-3152
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

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