We visited the Bavaria Filmstadt on a summer weekend. First we thought that there would be long queues but then we could purchase our tickets quite quickly. It is true that they are not cheap; our family with two adults and three children spent almost 100 Euros on it. But it was quite entertaining: first we visited the Bullyversum, where we saw a show mimicking Star Wars and in which several volunteers from among the visitors could participate. It was really funny, especially the woman leading the show. Too bad my children do not speak German – they would have loved to take part! It was also useful to understand German to really enjoy this show. Then we saw a 3D movie in the Bullyversum about a ghost, which was fine but not too exciting. By the way all the movies were in German.
Then our guided tour started (they schedule it when you buy the entrance ticket and you lose the tour if you do not show up in time). Tours are offered in English or German. Our guide was a German girl that explained very well. Visitors are brought by a small electric train from one set to another, and the tour guide explains what movies the sets are used for. You also get off the train to walk around the sets and can take pictures.
There were some other chances for the public to participate and have some fun: as the weatherman/ woman; as a hotel receptionist; as a cop or thief; or, for children, riding on Momo’s dragon. Our children (nine/ ten years old) liked this. However what they liked most, and what was probably most impressive of the tour, was the 4D movie, which had us screaming and reacting almost all the time. You move in a kind of roller coaster from one dangerous place to another – well, it seemed so. It did not take long, but was enough!
We also walked through the submarine used for the film “das Boot”, saw some sets for Asterix and Obelix and for Wickie, among others.
And for those who like to experiment taking pictures, there are some interesting 2D-sets right after the entrance, usually ignored by visitors: painted walls that imitate for example a hotel room, a ship, a movie theater or the Wild West…Have somebody stand in front, take a picture and see at home how real it looks. All in all we had a nice afternoon with our family, and our children definitely enjoyed it.
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