Shoot your heart out in the northHamburg and Schleswig-Holstein in the Spotlight

The regions Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein have always been popular film shoot locations in Germany. Our film commission wants to share the diversity of the North and inspire all the creative folks with film ideas, so it created short video clips of locations in Hamburg and Schleswig Holstein—from unique classics to iconic corners and hidden treasures.

Northern Germany is the only region in the country where the pulse of big city life meets the vast expanse of not one but two roaring seas. The region offers world-renowned but also lesser known motives and undiscovered gems. We hope that all creative folks will be inspired by the diversity of the North. Because one thing's for sure: you can shoot your heart out in the North!

Hamburg’s Hafencity and Speicherstadt

The inner city development Hafencity is setting new standards in urban planning. This new district with a maritime vibe is growing on an area of 157 ha – that means Hamburg City is getting an incredible 40 % of extra space. It's a place where work, life, culture, recreation, tourism and retail stores co-exist, united by their commitment to sustainability. The Hafencity's modern architecture contrasts nicely with the historical red brick buildings of the adjacent Speicherstadt. Plazas, promenades and public green spaces provide unique perspectives and visual depths in an urban harbour setting. Countless bridges, cobblestone streets and historical details complete the picture. And in the middle of it all: Hamburg's landmark, the Elbphilharmonie. Film commissioner Alexandra Luetkens is proud to share the impressive complexity of this part of town in her location spot:

Filming Permit

The film commission provides all relevant information and contacts pertaining to filming permits in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.

Hamburg Jenfeld

Mümmelmannsberg and Jenfeld represent a different side of Hamburg. High-rises and concrete walls dominate this urban landscape. A rough but lively environment, populated by a whole spectrum of cultures, thrives surrounded by architecture from the 1960s and 1970s: It's a trove filled with an infinite number of untold stories. Film commissioner Christiane Dopp's location spot leads us through Jenfeld. She hopes to see more of this social diversity on film:

Production Guide

Are you looking for production companies, service providers or film freelancers for your projects? Check out our production guide. It also contains a list of film production friendly hotels in Hamburg that offer special rates and service packages customized for film crews.

The Bay of Lübeck

Diversity also abounds in the Bay of Lübeck. See the Baltic Sea at its most beautiful over in East Schleswig Holstein. Maritime coastal motives are perfect for beach, surf and sailing scenes. The many piers along the coast are an ideal location for panorama shots of the bay. The romantic coastal villages are a treasure chest of historical architecture and authentic characters. Drive just a few miles inland and you will find endless fields and landscapes with different vegetation. Anna Doig from the Film Commission Schleswig-Holstein put together the most charming fishing villages, the most dramatic cliffs and the most radiant rapeseed fields:

OffTEC Film Water Tank

Follow us to OffTEC in Enge-Sande (Schleswig-Holstein) where, at around 23 metres long and 5 metres deep, you will find the largest film pool of Germany. Normally, the pool serves as a training ground for rescue workers. But the water tank can also be converted into a film studio. In recent months, international productions such as "Without Remorse" with Michael B. Jordan or the end-time epic "Tides" by director Tim Fehlbaum have already filmed here. The area around the water tank is an old military base, which is ideally suited for further filming thanks to its seclusion. Among other things, part of the filming of the multi-award-winning drama "Under the Sand" took place here.

More Locations

Check our online Location Guide for additional location info, incl. photos and contacts. Here you can also find relevant information regarding the most current Corona regulations. Please contact the film commission if you have any questions.

We have prepared two best-of clips if you can't decide which location to view first:

Best of Shooting Locations Hamburg
Best of Shooting Locations Schleswig-Holstein

Alexandra Luetkens
Film Commission Hamburg
Christiane Dopp
Film Commission Hamburg
Dara Brexendorf
Film Commission Schleswig-Holstein