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Enjoy One Day in Vienna: Film Route

By Ana Torres |

Follow this route to discover the  film locations of two famous movies in Vienna and learn about an incredible Viennese woman who conquered Hollywood and invented WiFi.  

Cinema and travel are two great hobbies! DINKtravelers, your world travel guide, brings together filmmaking and tourism, so you can enjoy both at the same time. We have already told you about  the film locations at the Old Royal Naval College in London, and Santa Monica Pier, a very popular location in the USA. This time, we’re visiting Vienna to discover two famous film locations. Ready? Lights, camera, action!

Enjoying a movie is traveling with your imagination.  

Movies Shot in Vienna  

The city of Vienna is rich in history: it was very important during World War II, and it was home to famous historical figures such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Sigmund Freud. Although many of its constructions were rebuilt after the Nazi occupation, their beauty has inspired many world-renowned film-makers. Next, we’ll introduce you to two movies that immortalized the grandeur of Austria and its capital on the big screen.

#1 The Third Man in Vienna 

The Third Man is a classic British cinema film. It was directed by Carol Reed in 1949, and written by Graham Greene. It tells the story of Holly Martins, a writer who arrives in Vienna by invitation of her friend Harry Lime. However, when Holly arrives she discovers it’s the day of Harry’s funeral, who died run over by a car. Holly meets her friend’s former girlfriend, Anna. After learning more details about the accident, she discovers a series of contradictions that lead her to think Harry’s death could have been a murder.

Palais Pallavicini in Movies  

The movie’s crime story is captivating. One of the first scenes of the movie was shot at the Palais Pallavicini. That’s where Holly Martins finds out that her friend was run over by a car. When you visit Vienna you’ll have the chance to visit this palace, which is located in Josefsplatz 5. The nearest subway stations are U3 Herrengasse and U1/U4/U2 Karlsplatz. Although the building is not open to the public, its iconic façade is perfect for a travel selfie.

The Third Man Museum 

Another important scene in the movie is the underground persecution of Holly Martins when she finds out that her friend’s death could be related with the black market. There’s a tour that follows the route of this persecution scene in The Third Man.  It lasts 45 minutes and you can reserve your tickets here. If you want to learn more, go to The Third Man Museum (Dritte Mann Museum), which is full of props from the film. It’s located at Pressgass 25, and the nearest subway station is U4 Kettenbrückengasse. Consider that the museum only opens on Saturdays. After your visit, take a walk around the neighborhood and visit the State Opera House, home to one of the most prestigious opera companies in the world.

#2 007: The Living Daylights Vienna Locations

One of the classic James Bond films, starred by Timothy Dalton, was filmed in Vienna in 1987. Even though the movie’s plot is supposed to be set in Bratislava,  the political situation related with the Berlin Wall  in that time made it difficult to film in eastern cities . That’s why they filmed The Living Daylights in Austria’s capital. One of the most appealing locations was Prater Park, with its 65-meter-tall Ferris wheel. Ride it and enjoy the view of the city from above! DINKtravelers recommends you buy the Vienna City Card to get a discount on your ride ticket, as well as many other benefits in shops around the city.

The Most Famous Actress of Vienna  

Another quality of Vienna is its cultural importance. This city was the birthplace of a woman who marked the history of Hollywood cinema in the 1930s. Back then, she was considered the most beautiful woman in the world, but that’s not all. Decades later, she became very famous for her contributions to modern science. Do you know who we’re talking about?

Austrian Actress Hedy Lamarr in Hollywood  

We’re talking about Hedy Lamarr, who was born in Vienna in 1913 in a family of Jewish bankers. In 1933 she starred in her first film, which was shot  in her hometown. Having a heavy erotic load, the film Ecstasy made her the first woman in the history of filmmaking to appear naked on the big screen. In her early youth, given the warlike situation in Europe, Lammar fled to the United States, where she conquered the stages with her beauty and natural talent. She arrived in North America not speaking the language. She learned English on several movie sets,  playing roles such as the exotic Tondelayo in White Cargo (1942), and the seductive Dalila in Sanson and Dalila (1949).

Hedy Lamarr and Wireless Technology 

Lamarr was not only important in filmmaking. During World War II, she created a system that guided ships and torpedoes without being detected by the Nazis. Lamarr’s idea, based on frequency hopping, led to today’s Wifi, GPS and Bluetooth systems. This invention is so relevant for the history of humanity that Inventor’s Day is celebrated on Lamarr’s birthday, November 9th.

Hedy Lammarr’s Grave

Finish the film route in Vienna in the Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof), located at Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, 1110 Wien. Here you can visit the grave of  Hedy Lamarr and of other great musicians and celebrities from Vienna such as Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Falco, and Boltzmann.

The Viennale Festival in Vienna  

Vienna celebrates the Vienna International Film Festival, also known as the Viennale, in October. The Austrian Film Museum (Österreichisches Filmmuseum) receives hundreds of cinephiles that get to enjoy the special programme prepared for each edition. Now you know all the things you can’t miss, book a flight to Vienna next fall and discover its famous locations and movie stars.