Prague's period architecture has been the main draw for foreign filmmakers since the 1980s. The city has one of the best preserved historical centres in Europe — a unique mixture of architectural styles: medieval castles and stone bridges, Gothic cathedrals, Baroque churches, Renaissance palaces, and Modernist buildings of the 20th century.
Prague has appeared in many films, and not just as the Czech capital. Often filmmakers have come to Prague to shoot sights and scenery that no longer exist in Berlin, London, Paris and Vienna — at a fraction of what it would cost to shoot in those cities. Not only does the Czech Republic offer producers a considerable savings over other locations, it also provides the convenience of exteriors and stages all in one place.
A number of large-scale film productions have also taken advantage of the Czech Republic's picturesque countryside and historical landmarks. Within easy reach of Prague, you'll find the highest density of period castles and chateaux in Europe. The beautiful lakes, rolling hills, deep forests, and snow-capped mountains of the Czech countryside go through four distinct seasons, so you can capture any time of year.
The Czech Republic is a film friendly country. Our municipal authorities nationwide gladly welcome filmmakers with an air of hospitality and cooperation. For more information about the necessary requirements for filming throughout the country, please visit the filming permits section, where you will find more relevant information. To see what the Czech Republic has to offer, please check out the locations sampler. You can also contact one of the nation's experienced location scouts, who will be happy to answer your questions and assist in your search for an appropriate locale for your project.