Hollywood loves Switzerland

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schilthornWith the Zurich Film Festival approaching, what better time than now to take a close up look at Switzerland’s Love Affair with film. Whether the location of the filming, the inspiration of the setting, or just a great place for a movie star to call home, Switzerland has it all. Zuri Girl shares her favorites below and encourages you to re-create the movie magic yourself by visiting these hotspots!

The Perfect Setting

Switzerland really does make a perfect backdrop and both Bond & Bollywood have used this to their advantage.

Schilthorn had the honor to host one of James Bond’s magnificent feets during the filming “On her Majesty’s Secret Service”. Visitors to the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria can view the action shots at a permanent exhibition. (plus have a great view yourself…after all it is 2,790 meters high!). If you are as daredevilis as Bond himself, since June 2013, you can experience the BOND WORLD 007 at the top of the Schilthorn. Board the helicopter, photograph yourself in a famous Bond pose and get lost in the interactive displays. Check out Zuri Girl’s friends from Newly Swissed and their video of the BOND WORLD 007 exhibition. Other Bond films shot in Switzerland include: “Goldfinger” and “The Spy Who Loved Me”.

Although not as big of hot spot nowadays, Bollywood had a HUGE influence from Switzerland over the past 30 years. Hundreds of Indian movies have been filmed in areas such as the Jungfrau, Bernese Alps and Gstaad areas. So many to the point that scenes have been referenced as a “Cut to Switzerland” as many movies have famous mountain-top moments.  Hits include “Chadni” and “Faasle”.

The Stars

Switzerland offered peace to Hollywood icons, Audrey Hephurn & Charlie Chaplin.

Audrey Hepburn Tolochenaz, the Holywood actress famous as equally famous for oscar winning talents and roles in  “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) and “My Fair Lady” (1964) as she was for her beauty, appreciated Switzerland for allowing her to escape the parparzzi’s in Hollywood and peacefully raise her 2 sons. She spent much of her life in a small village near Lausanne. My Switzerland offers an Audrey Hepburn themed weekend – sounds like the perfect trip when mom comes to visit!

An intricate componant to film development, Charlie Chaplin, the actor, screenwriter and film producer also used Switzerland as his hideaway when he was denied re-entry into the United States due to political affairs. He and his wife resided in the French Region and you can currently visit his status by the Manoir de Ban Lake in Vevey and a museum opening is planned for 2015.

We Know There’s More

Conspiracy theorists might raise their eyebrows, but Switzerland is also excited to prove J.R.R. Tolkein was inspired by the Lauterbrunnen Valley when creating “Middle Earth”. The verdict is not confirmed yet, but here’s a glimpse at the proof (minute 13 of the video).

And for Zurich?

Well the whole city is a film from 26 September through 6 October during the Zurich Film Festival. Check out our Guide here.


LisaCArticle created in collaboration with Zuri Girl: Lisa Christen. Lisa’s blog The Honeymoon Life chronicles her attempt to spend every day living a life as fun, happy, exciting, and loving as her honeymoon was! Lisa is an expat originally from the US who moved here to join her Swiss husband (whom she often embarrasses in her posts).   


Photo courtesy of Newly Swissed, one of Zuri Girl’s favorite Switzerland bloggers