My Selection: 0

Most spy films have a special type of dark atmosphere, that creates that specific genre. Budapest has been the backdrop for dozens of spy films over the decades, which is not coincidental. The Hungarian capital is home to countless historical buildings maked by time and left in their edgy, aging state to slowly deteriorate. These places have the faded grandeur of Eastern Europe after being defeated in the Second World War. The original bullet holes still cover many buildings in the city center from the 1956 revolution during the Cold War, which was a significant period in Hungarian history. The Soviet atmosphere still hangs around the untouched and abandoned nooks and crannies of the city. What makes these eerie locations unique is that they can offer truly authentic features of the period, such as designs and materials. The following streets, warehouses, museums, courtyards, rooftops and abandoned military establishments are ideal for a Cold War movie. Budapest has already starred in spy productions such as Spy Game (2001), I Spy (2002), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Spy (2015), Atomic Blonde (2017) and Red Sparrow (2018).