7 Film Scenes in Europe You Can Relive on Your Trip
Most movie buffs know that there are dozens of famous film locations throughout Europe. Everything from the Godfather to Mamma Mia has been shot on location on the continent. Some places have been made up, other remain as-is. If you’re looking to relive certain iconic film scenes in Europe, then read on.
Film scenes in Europe
The Danish Girl – Copenhagen, Denmark
The movie: The Danish Girl is a moving true-life film shot in 2016. It chronicles the story about the first man to undergo a sex-change operation, in 1931. It stars Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander and picked up several awards, including an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
The scene: Relive the scene when the young couple walks down the scenic cobblestone street after the private art viewing and party in Old Town Copenhagen. Make your way to Magstræde and you’ll recognize several houses from the scene.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains to Copenhagen from throughout Denmark. There are also daily trains from neighboring countries Switzerland and Germany.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
The movie: The Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona tracks two young Americans (Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson) on a holiday to a friend’s home in Barcelona. It quickly earned a cult following and picked up an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2009.
The scene: Fans of the film will find it hard not to relive several scenes from the movie when visiting Barcelona, including visits to the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. But it’s the restaurant scene that many fans will want to experience, where Juan Antonio, played by Javier Bardem, introduces himself to the two women. The restaurant, Els Quatre Gats, is still a thriving Barcelona establishment.
How to get there by train: Barcelona is a major rail hub in Spain, and there are regular trains to the city from throughout the country. There are also daily trains from select destinations in France.
The Talented Mr Ripley – Ischia, Italy
The movie: The Talented Mr Ripley is a late-90s psychological thriller. It follows a young man recruited to travel to Italy, who must complete the task of persuading a young man to return to New York. The movie starred several high profile actors, including Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and also garnered favor with the critics.
The scene: Head to the island of Ischia Porto, where Ripley arrived in the chaotic square and encountered his target for the first time on Bagno Antonio beach.
How to get there by train: You can reach the island of Ischia by ferry from Naples. There are several daily trains between Rome and Naples.
In Bruges – Bruges, Belgium
The movie: Two hitmen decide to hide out in the Belgium town of Bruges until things back home calm down. The two men, played by Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell, share different opinions on the city and get wrapped up in more complex matters.
The scene: You’ll experience strange feelings of déjà vu throughout your stay in Bruges, but few scenes were as real, and alarming, as the one that took place on the belltower. Head to the top of the Belfry of Bruges on a misty evening if you dare. Just be sure to scatter if you hear coins falling around your feet as you gawk up.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains between Brussels and Bruges that take just over an hour.
Before Sunrise – Vienna, Austria
The movie: Before Sunrise is a romantic drama starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. It’s an iconic train movie to watch before or after a Eurail journey. It tracks two strangers who meet on the train, make a connection, and then choose to explore Vienna together for 24 hours.
The scene: There are many scenes to relive in Vienna from Before Sunrise. You could head to the Ferris wheel at the Prater where the two shared their first kiss. But the most immersive and charming scene to relive would be the one in Cafe Sperl, where the two pretended to call their friends.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains to Vienna from throughout Europe. If you want to relive the full Before Sunrise experience, take the train from Budapest. It runs regularly and takes approximately 2.5 hours.
Moulin Rouge! – Paris, France
The movie: Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 movie Moulin Rouge!, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, follows the story of a young British writer suffering from depression. He falls in love with the star of Paris’s Moulin Rouge and recounts the fantastical tale. It was the first musical to be nominated for Best Picture Oscar in 10 years.
The scene: While much of the movie shows various regions of Montmartre and Paris, you’ll want to venture inside the Moulin Rouge. Just keep in mind that the shows inside are not as PG as the movie portrays.
How to get there by train: There are several train stations in Paris, fielding trains from across the country.
The Sound of Music – Salzburg, Austria
The movie: The 1965 musical drama, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, tells the story of a former nun who leaves the convent to become a governess in Austria. What follows is a heartwarming story about love, life, and the joy of music.
The scene: The Sound of Music has some of the most recognizable film scenes in Europe. If you’re a fan of the catchy tune Do-Re-Mi, then head to Mirabell Palace and the attached gardens. There you’ll find the famous fountain that Maria and the children danced around.
How to get there by train: Trains between Vienna and Salzburg run regularly and take 2.5 hours.
There’s something magical about taking a particular journey to relive a favorite movie scene. With a Eurail Global Pass, true movie fans can tick off many of these film scenes in Europe.