The Austrian Alps as Film & Photo Shoot Destination

Located in the Austrian Alps, Tyrol, Salzburg and Vorarlberg are realms of magnificent mountains with over 200 snowy peaks stretching above 3000 m. But besides their scenic beauty, there are many other reasons that make these places top locations for shooting. Since a big portion of the income of Austria is coming from tourism, they built up and maintain an unrivalled infrastructure even at the most remote spots that makes it easy and quick to access almost any spot in the country. In addition, one can always find convenient hotels even at places that seems to be in the middle of nowhere. Featuring over 7,200 kilometers of ski slopes and five glaciers with snow all year round, the Austrian Alps is home to some of the top ski resorts in the world, such as Sölden, Kitzbühel or the Arlberg region. These beautiful resorts offer excellent mountain facilities and are well experienced with action filming on their slopes.

Austrians are well connected with their Alpine surroundings, thus there are many local mountaineers providing invaluable guidance and security. Rescue teams are also well trained and can deliver immediate rescue with helicopters, even in badly accessible areas. Because of so many productions coming to Austria, the country offers great access to production facilities and there is also a great number of experienced English speaking local crew available. Since large production hubs like Vienna and Munich are located within short distances, special equipments can also be sourced efficiently. With regional film commissions dedicated to support film productions, Austria is a truly film friendly country. The world class conditions, great infrastructure and the basic closeness of different locations take away all hard factors that would normally come with shooting in mountains, making the Austrian Alps so popular among filmmakers and photographers.

Tyrol is famous for its generally clear, sunny weather that also makes it perfect for filming
Austria is home to some of the most exclusive ski resorts in the world
Thanks to its perfect infrastructure, almost any corner of the Austrian Alps is within maximum two hours drive from its three international airports
Austria features five ski resorts located on glaciers where there is snow all year round

Probably the most famous movie that was shot in the Austrian Alps is the 2016 blockbuster, James Bond: Spectre but the Alpine world of Austria has been location to many other movies as well. To name a few, Help, the popular movie starring The Beatles was filmed in Obertauern, Salzburg while Eddie the Eagle featuring Hugh Jackman and the 2012 sci-fi Snowpiercer with Tilda Swinton were shot in Seefeld and on the Hintertux glacier in Tyrol. In 2019, Progressive provided production and location services for Google’s commercial for their Emergency Location Service application, for which drones and two helicopters were used to reenact a paraglider’s emergency rescue by the Schneeberg mountain.

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