Interlaken and the Jungfrau region are famous for their natural beauty and scenic landscapes. They have attracted many filmmakers and producers who wanted to capture the charm and majesty of the Swiss Alps. Here are some examples of the movies, films and tv series that were filmed in Interlaken, the Jungfrau region and the greater Swiss Alps. Check out our Swiss movie location guide below for all the magical movie details.
Swiss Movie Location Guide for Hollywood & Bollywood Film Lovers
Let’s start this ultimate Interlaken & Swiss movie location guide for Hollywood & Bollywood film lovers with the Netflix sensation that got shot in 7 different locations around Switzerland and which has made the number of Korean visitors in Interlaken surge…..
Crash Landing on You (2019-2020)
This is a popular Korean Netflix series that tells the story of a South Korean heiress who accidentally paraglides into North Korea and falls in love with a North Korean army officer. With paragliding as a main theme running through the entire Series it makes complete sense that a lot of it was filmed in Interlaken, the paragliding capital of the world. The series features many locations in the Jungfrau region, such as the Jungfraujoch, Grindelwald-First, Eiger Glacier, Kleine Scheidegg, Iseltwald, Giessbach, Lake Brienz, Lake Lungern, and the Panorama Bridge Sigriswil. The series was praised for its cinematography and romantic scenes in Switzerland and it became Netflix best ever non-English Series with a global hype following its debut screening in 2019.
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
This is the third installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy that depicts the rise of Darth Vader and the fall of the Jedi Order. The film used digital footage of the mountains around Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland as the backdrop for the planet Alderaan, which is Princess Leia’s home planet. The film was a huge box office success and received positive reviews from critics and fans.
Touching the Void (2003)
This is a British documentary film that recounts the true story of a climbing accident in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. The film used reenactments and interviews to portray the harrowing ordeal of two mountaineers who faced death and survival. The film was mostly shot in Switzerland, in the Jungfrau region, where the filmmakers recreated the Peruvian mountainscape. The film won several awards, including a BAFTA for Best British Film.
Band of Brothers (2001)
This American award winning war drama miniseries based on the book by Stephen E. Ambrose was filmed in both the Interlaken and Unterseen centre, at the shore of the lake of Thun and at the Grand Hotel Giessbach (just like Crash landing on you) . It follows the exploits of the Easy Company, a unit of the 101st Airborne Division, during World War II. The series features several scenes in Switzerland, especially in the Bernese Oberland, where the filmmakers recreated the area around the Obersalzberg, Hitler’s mountain retreat. The series used locations such as the Grimsel Pass, Interlaken in the Weissenau nature reserve, Schwanden bei Brienz, and the Grandhotel Giessbach and the historical Unteseen centre. The series was critically acclaimed and won several awards, including six Emmys and a Golden Globe.
The Eiger Sanction (1975) – Clint Eastwood
This is an American action thriller directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. It is based on the novel by Trevanian. It tells the story of Jonathan Hemlock, a former assassin and art professor, who is hired to kill one of his fellow climbers on an expedition to the Eiger. The film features many scenes of mountain climbing and stunts on the Eiger’s north face. The film was a commercial success and received mixed reviews from critics.
This is an Italian comedy-drama film that explores the themes of aging, memory, and art. The film stars Michael Caine and Jane Fonda as two old friends who reflect on their lives while staying at a luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps. The film was shot in various locations in Graubünden, including the Waldhaus Flims hotel in Flims and the Berghotel Schatzalp in Davos. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and won several awards at international film festivals.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
This is an American adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson that follows a journalist and a hacker who investigate a 40-year-old murder case. The film features some scenes in Zurich, where Rooney Mara’s character Lisbeth Salander conducts her banking transactions and stays at the Dolder Grand Hotel, which is one of the most expensive hotels in Switzerland. The film was well-received by critics and audiences and earned five Academy Award nominations, winning one for Best Film Editing.
Interlaken and the Jungfrau region have been very popular with Bollywood filmmakers since the 1960s. Many romantic songs and scenes have been shot in the Swiss Alps, showcasing the natural beauty and charm of Switzerland. Some of the most famous Bollywood films that were filmed in this area are:
- Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995): This is a romantic comedy-drama that tells the story of Raj and Simran, two young Indians who fall in love during a trip to Europe. The film features many scenes in Switzerland, such as Interlaken, Jungfraujoch, Saanen, Gstaad, Zweisimmen, and Lauterbrunnen. The film is one of the most successful and influential Bollywood films of all time and has a cult following among fans.
- Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998): This is a romantic drama that follows the love triangle between Rahul, Anjali, and Tina. The film has several scenes in Switzerland, such as Interlaken, Jungfraujoch, Bernese Oberland Railway, Lake Thun, and St. Beatus Caves. The film was a blockbuster hit and won many awards, including eight Filmfare Awards.
- Dhoom 3 (2013): This is an action thriller that revolves around a circus performer who turns into a thief to avenge his father’s death. The film has some scenes in Switzerland, such as Zurich Airport, Uetliberg, Verzasca Dam, Ticino, and Grimsel Pass . The film was one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time and received mixed reviews from critics.
These are just some of the movies, films and tv series that were filmed in Interlaken and the Jungfrau region. There are many more that showcase the beauty and diversity of this area. If you are interested in visiting these locations yourself, you can check out some of the travel packages and offers that are available online. I hope you enjoyed learning about these films and I wish you all the best with your article. 😊