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5 Blockbuster Movies Filmed in Switzerland

Contrary to popular belief, the hills are not alive in Switzerland. However, what is alive is this fine selection of Hollywood blockbusters which were partly filmed in Switzerland. So, in the spirit of this weekend's Academy Awards, here are the nominees:

The Informant! (2009)

The Informant Matt Damon ZurichA scene in this hit movie starring Matt Damon as whistleblower Mark Whitacre was filmed at the Limmatquai in downtown Zurich. Damon is seen walking past City Hall, and filming of this scene apparently required some 50 technicians and 90 extras!

The Informant Matt Damon Zurich

James Bond: GoldenEye (1995)

Verzasca Dam James Bond GoldeneyeIn the opening sequence of GoldenEye, James Bond plummets from a "Russian" dam with the concrete wall appearing just feet away from his body. Actually, the Verzasca dam used in the movie is located in the southern part of Switzerland...

Verzasca Dam James Bond Goldeneye

James Bond: Goldfinger (1964)

James Bond Goldfinger SwitzerlandIn this action-packed James Bond flick, our favorite British spy chases Goldfinger's Rolls Royce through the Swiss Alps near Andermatt, which is a located close to the capital of Berne.

Ever since, Hotel Belvédère on the Furka passover has been a popular hotspot for Bond fans from all over the world!

James Bond Goldfinger Hotel Belvedere Switzerland

Syriana (2005)

Syriana in Geneva
This rather complex story contains a scene at the Hotel President Wilson, which was filmed in downtown Geneva. Syriana is yet another movie featuring Matt Damon! Apart from the "Bourne" trilogy and The Informant!, this is at least the third of Damon's movies with scenes filmed in Switzerland!

Syriana in Geneva

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

For the backdrops on planet Alderaan, actual photography of the mountains of Grindelwald was digitally enhanced. Cool, huh?

Star Wars - Alderaan Mountains(Pictures courtesy of FOX Warner Switzerland,, Tom Portschy/Panoramio,, Wookieepedia)

Dimitri Burkhard

As the founder, editor, and community manager of Newly Swissed, Dimitri owns the strategic vision. He is passionate about storytelling and is a member of Swiss Travel Communicators. Dimitri loves discovering new trends and covers architecture, design, start-ups and tourism.


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