Movies give us a great escape from every-day life. In just two hours, we find ourselves exploring ancient temples with Indiana Jones, run half-way across the United States with Forest Gump, feel the magic of the animated world of Bedknobs & Broomsticks, and swim with tigers in Life of Pie. By the time the credits roll up, we’re eager to pack our bags and embark on a real-life journey through these magical worlds – and that’s what we’re abHoliday Destination Film Location: Weekend Trips for Movie Nerds
out to do! Yes, believe it or not, you can actually visit some of these beautiful film locations! Here are the top five destinations for movie nerds!
Warner Bros Studio Tour, London
Do you solemnly swear you’re up to no good? In that case you’re invited to walk through the Forbidden Forest on the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London. Rubeus Hagrid’s original costume awaits you at the entrance, his lantern guiding the way into the forest his Hogwart students were prohibited from entering. Huge trees with a diameter of more than 12 feet will tower over you and test your courage as you move deeper into the home of the Buckbeak and the Aragog. If you’re not too sure you can handle the darkness of the Forbidden Forest, keep it stylish and head to the Wizarding Wardrobes instead: the exhibition starts on July 21st, 2017 and will be on all the way until September. Here you’ll be able to marvel over the incredible costumes you’ve seen some of your favourite characters wear, including Hermione’s striking Yule Ball gown.
Mini Hollywood Oasys, Almeria
During the 60s and 70s, Almeria’s desert-like landscapes established itself as one of the most popular film locations, especially for Westerns. This is where classics such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Lawrence of Arabia were filmed, but even modern films and shows such as Penny Dreadful continue to revisit this area and make use of the stunning natural light and impressive landscape. MiniHollywood Oasys offers you the opportunity to walk the same dusty streets as Angel Eyes, and to learn about all the movies that were shot here in the park’s own Cinema Museum, where 213 billboard cinema posters are on display. To round off the perfect Western experience, you are invited to The Yellow Rose Saloon, where Can Can dancers will put on a show for you while you sit back and sip on your whiskey.
Filmpark Babelsberg, Potsdam
You can’t really call yourself a movie buff until you’ve visited the world’s oldest film studio in Potsdam, Germany. This is the filming location of iconic movies like The Blue Angel, V for Vendetta, Inglorious Basterds and The Grand Budapest Hotel were filmed, and the park also offered the backdrop to some of Germany’s most famous children’s films such as Janosch’s Oh, wie schön ist Panama. The Filmpark Babelsberg is a fun outing for the whole family – while adults are invited to enjoy a dose of real, explosive action during the stunt-show in “Bartertown”, young film-enthusiasts can run off their energy in the jungle adventure playground. Once all these new impressions have sparked an appetite, the Prinz Eisenherz restaurant built on set of the 1997 Prince Valiant film with Katherine Heigl, offers an exciting dining experience for young and old.
Movie Locations Bus Tour, Los Angeles
There is plenty to see in Los Angeles, but if you’re a film fanatic, chances are you’ll be checking out all the sites wondering, “Wasn’t X filmed here?” To get these questions answered, your best bet is to book yourself a Movie Locations Bus Tour around the city – your tour guide will know everything there is to know about all the films that have been shot here. This 3-hour tour will stop at 50 movie scene locations, the scenes of which will be screened on a 65-inch television. You will stop at renowned locations such as Silverlake, Giffith and Echo Park, as well as Downtown LA to uncover some of the most iconic backdrops in films such as Iron Man, L.A Confidential and The Graduate. Don’t forget to bring a bucket of popcorn!
Mumbai Film City Tours
Have you always been fascinated by the colourful, musical world of Bollywood? If you’re answer is a loud and enthusiastic yes, then I’ll have you dancing around your living room with this next sentence: you can experience the true essence of Bollywood on a Mumbai Film City Tour! Spend up to three hours learning all there is to know about the history of Bollywood Cinema by ways of a documentary, a guided tour through a live shooting set, and a visit to the Bollywood Museum, which is home to a large variety of posters and photographs of famous actors and films. You will also be able to enjoy a live, Bollywood-style dance, snacks and refreshments, and a behind-the-scenes look at the world of movie making. To top it all off, you can have your picture taken with a Bollywood actor and get the chance to sing a song of your choice – so start lubricating those pipes people, you wouldn’t want to embarrass yourself now, would you?!