See which movies were shot in Prague and the Czech Republic
Prague has always been a popular location for filmmakers. It’s gorgeous and varied architecture means it’s a great backdrop for films in itself, and it can also be crafted to look like dozens of other world cities.
In addition, Czech crews are highly regarded as talented and hard working, and the government has been making the country attractive to filmmakers since the fall of Communism with tax breaks and other incentives.
If you’re a movie buff yourself and would like to know which famous movies were shot in Prague, then read on.
Mission Impossible (1996)
One of the most memorable films to shoot in Prague was the Tom Cruise epic Mission Impossible – the city had barely featured in Hollywood films prior to this. As well as shooting actual locations, like character Phelp’s fall from Charles Bridge, some swap-outs were involved. For example, the films first doomed mission in the US Embassy was in fact shot in the Natural History Museum.
Casino Royale (2006)
The Bond classic had some stunning interior and exterior shots, and you might be surprised to find out that Prague filled in for many of them. For example, shots in Miami International were, in fact, Václav Havel Airport, while Army Museum Žižkov was transformed into Miami’s Body World. Meanwhile the imposing shots the UK’s House of Commons were in fact taken in Strahov Monastery, and Karlovy Vary and Loket became Montenegro for the purposes of the film.
Operation: Daybreak (1975)
Reinhard Heydrich was a high-ranking Nazi officer who was assassinated in Prague in 1942. Lewis Gilbert’s film is a detailed retelling of the story and, true to life, scenes were shot where they unfolded in real life – like Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, where the film’s protagonists take refuge at one point, and Libeň where the killing was carried out.
Eli Roth’s gore-filled blood fest was set in a hostel in Slovakia – much to the consternation of the tourism board there – however, the film was in fact mostly shot in the Czech Republic, mostly in and around the charming Český Krumlov.
Despite a chaotic adventure that takes the films stars to places such as London, Rome, Amsterdam, Bratislava and Berlin – the filmmakers were confined just to Prague where all the films scenes were in fact shot.
Many scenes were shot around the charming Rudolfinum, while the opening scenes in Ohio were in fact shot at the International School of Prague. When the characters are seen boarding a train in Paris, they were in fact on the platform of Prague’s Hlavní Nádraží, and interior shots of the Vatican were in fact taken in Prague’s National Museum.