The enchanting landscapes of Tirol have provided the setting for many a cinematic performance. The region is a much sought after location for both national and international productions, with the first films made back in the 1950s and 1960s.
Tirol was a popular film location right from the very onset of the television and film era. Many film productions, including television series, movies and feature films continue this tradition and find their perfect setting in Tirol. The diversity of its landscapes is reflected in varied film genres – from thrillers and dramas to literary adaptations, diverse series and romantic films. The Heart of the Alps boasts of great versatility and always takes the “leading role”.
On the international scene, Tirol is particularly appreciated by Indian filmmakers. Bollywood is one of the world’s largest film industries and has used Tirol’s landscapes as a backdrop and film location for over 70 films. Austrian film director Hans Weingartner loves the advantages Tirol offers as a film nation and filmed "The Educators" here. The film proved to be one of his most successful, attracting great interest in Cannes and receiving the Bavarian Film Prize.
Following in the filmstars' footsteps
Tirol offers visitors the opportunity to have a peek behind the scenes, visit the various filming locations and discover all the exciting anecdotes at first hand. During a 5-hour guided film hike with Peter Moser, fans of the "Bergdoktor" TV series visit, amongst others, the doctor’s on-set house and can find out lots of interesting facts on this popular series. "Das doppelte Lottchen" (known in English as "Lottie and Lisa") was filmed at Thiersee lake, where visitors can discover more on the film and the twins that star in it. The 4km Wilbach Walk leads past various locations of the "Wildbach" series, some of which can be viewed from the inside. Once at Hafelekar, various sets for the "Geierwally" series and the original Geierwally Hut are only a few minutes away. The Arlberg Kandahar museum of local history is open to visitors in Arlberg and was used as family quarters in the film "Chalet Girl".