When a film is shot in an amazing location, we all end up dreaming about being there ourselves. Whether it’s wandering the lush land of The Shire, or dancing in the Austrian mountains singing “the hills are alive!” — admit it; you’ve always wanted to do it.
Sound of Music – filmed in Salzburg, Austria
If there’s one film that has truly stood the test of time, it’s The Sound of Music. You can embark on a bus tour dedicated to The Sound of Music through the charming city of Salzburg to visit many locations featured in the film. These include both Mirabell Gardens and Pegasus Fountain, where Maria sang and danced with the Von Trapp children during the iconic ‘Do-Re-Mi’ number. Thanks to The Sound of Music, so many people still visit the city each year. Although since 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film’s release, any trip to Salzburg will be extra special this year.
Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit – both filmed in New Zealand
New Zealand’s dramatic landscape was the perfect setting for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Both were filmed entirely in New Zealand, and super-fans will be delighted to know that many of the film’s locations are accessible to the general public. You can experience the real Middle Earth with a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, which was the setting for The Shire that featured in both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Schindler’s List – filmed in Krakow, Poland
Steven Spielberg’s moving 1993 Holocaust drama is based on the life of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman born in 1908. He became an unlikely hero after turning his factory into a safe haven for Jewish people during the Second World War, which saved thousands of lives. The film not only won critical acclaim and a plethora of Academy Awards, but also had a huge impact in Krakow following its release. Many Schindler’s List tours are still available around the city, while Schindler’s factory is now a museum and a must-see for any visitor.
The Beach – Phi Phi Island, Thailand
If one place is a prime example of paradise, it’s Phi Phi Island. The Beach, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, is about a group of young travellers that abandon society to live in a hidden lagoon in southern Thailand. Maya Bay on Phi Phi Island was the perfect location for the film. The island is surrounded by stunning turquoise waters and dramatic cliffs that plunge into the ocean; you can even visit Maya Bay and see first-hand why this stunning paradise was selected to be the backdrop for this 2000 film.
Mamma Mia – filmed in Skopelos, Greece
Skopelos is one of the most picturesque islands in Greece and a veritable feast for the eyes in the film adaption of the Abba-inspired musical. Part of the success of Mamma Mia was down to the beautiful Greek landscape that featured heavily in the film. The church that hosted Sophie’s wedding was filmed at Agios Ioannis Prodromos Monastery, which is located high up a cliff overlooking the tranquil waters of Skopelos. The harbour scene in Mamma Mia was actually filmed on the beautiful Greek isle of Skiathos, around one hour away from Skopelos by boat.
Frozen – inspired by Norwegian fjords
The world has gone Frozen-mad thanks to Disney’s wildly popular animation film, released in 2013. Cruises to Norway, the destination that inspired the smash-hit, have become increasing popular in recent years due to parents wanting to give their children an unforgettable ‘real life’ Frozen experience. Cruises are a fantastic way to experience the dramatic and stunning landscape of Norway. Whether you’re a Disney fan or just enjoy natural beauty, you’ll be in awe of the magnificent fjords, which were the inspiration behind this phenomenal film.
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