openingscene where the musician flees to West Berlin with the help of
Kreutzman was filmed between Einsteinufer and the Marchstrasse. It is
now the campus-area of the Technische Universitat of Berlin. The white
building in the back is the Heinrich Hertz Institut (Einsteinufer 25)
and the building in front is the Werner von Siemens Bau (Einsteinufer
37). I think they also used this area for the final scene where
Kreutzmann is shot by the Israeli secret service. There is nothing left
of the old buildings surrounding this site, only the Campus Cafe.
Location of the house of Ross found! I'll give you the explanation as Geoff Dodd has mailed it to me:
As Palmer gets off the bus we can see a wall at an angle to the road on the pavement to the right:
This is the wall now, although it's partially obscured by a new road sign:
Here the exact spot where Harry getss off the bus:
We also see Palmer standing next to one of the cars on the driveway with
a house visible in the background with a distinctive gable:
Now this house has been altered considerably but thankfully the gable is
still intact and can just about be seen to the right of this aerial
shot. The long driveway in the centre is the one leading to the house:
Due to a trick with the editing it appears as though the house is very
close to the gate when in fact there is quite a long driveway before you
get to it. As Palmer approaches the house we see this:
As you can see, it has a distinctive roof line and chimney to the right
and skylights and windows on the left aspect. These can be seen in the
aerial shot here:
The left of this shot also shows the block of flats seen in the background as Palmer approaches the gates:
And the gates as they are now:
Thanks to Geoff Dodd!
has to go to the house of Ross to pick up information about his next
assignment in Berlin, the house with its garden full of weed ("Yeah,
it's easy to grow").
In a magazine it was stated that the actual address was at 395
Upper Richmond Road in Putney, London, but Geoff Dodd proved this
information incorrect and provided the evidence. The real location of
the house/villa is Henleighs, Kingston Hill,
Kingston KT2 in London and it still exists but the location isn't open to the public.
arrives in Berlin on Berlin Tempelhof Airport. You can still recognize
a lot of the movie on that airport. You can see the main hall where he
arrives and where his baggage is checked . In the movie you can see the
letters Restaurant in yellow light in the back of
the hall. This restaurant sign is still there (see photo below right,
under the clock). Customs were no longer working in this hall although
there is still some equipment for handling the baggage. This hall is
now closed due the close-down of the airport but can still be visited
when you take the official tour.
car was on the parking lot in front of the airport (see top right
photo). The Israeli secret agent in the taxi is waiting there as well.
Not a lot has changed there since the movie was filmed. When Palmer and
Vulkan leave the building, you can see the words "Zentral Flughafen",
these words are still there as you can see. Despite numerous protests
the airport was closed down on 30 October 2008. Its future is still
uncertain. You can book guided tours (in German)
Vulkan's Clothes/lingerie shop (the cover of the British Secret Service
in Berlin) where Harry is brought when he first arrives in Berlin, was
located in the Fasanenstraße 73 in Berlin. In the back of the shot you
can see the Kempinski Bristol Hotel on the Kurfurstendamm. The shop was
located opposite the Kathe Kollwitz Museum. The entrance they used in
the film is next to the Schauder & Jundef shop, now David
Goldberg (updated 2012), as can be seen on the picture.
2012: The Schauder & Jundef shop is now called
David Goldberg, as you can see in the 2012 photo.
the fall of the Berlin wall you had to cross the border of East and
West Berlin at Checkpoint Charlie in the Friedrich Strasse. Harry has
to cross the border here to meet with Colonel Stok. In a distant shot
you see Harry walk towards this Checkpoint (now House at Checkpoint
Charlie, a memorial museum about the Wall is located there). The
Russians tried to stop the crew filming by mirroring the sunlight into
the cameralenses. Checkpoint Charlie has almost dissappeared although
they resurrected one of the old guardhouses. You can find Checkpoint
Charlie on the Friedrichstraße next to Kochstraße.
|A difficult location to find in
Berlin was "Marx Engels Platz 59", the meeting point for Harry and
Kolonel Stok in East Berlin. Thanks to the great research of Peter
Hegenbarth this location was found as well. The building where they
meet isn't there anymore (an old railway station) but the church in the
background is still there.
information by Peter Hegenbarth:
"Marx-Engels-Platz 59" really is the Spreewaldplatz. The building, the
former Görlitzer Bahnhof was ruined during the war and broken down
between 1961 and 1967. See also the photo above of the Görlitzer
Bahnhof in 1931. You can clearly recognise the archways Harry stands in
front of. The area of the station was transformed into the Görlitzer
Park, which you can find on any Berlin street map.
The whole site has changed. At the camera position there is now a
public bath, the so-called "Spaßbad am Spreeplatz". My pictures were
taken about 50 to 60 meters too close to the church and about 6 to 8
meters too high, as an artificial hill was erected in the park.
The church is the Emmaus Kirche, www.emmaus.de,
Lausitzer Platz 8, 10997 Berlin. You can also identify the buildings in
the background, which have survived with minor changes."
|When Harry is arrested by the
East German Police he is taken for a ride... Most of this is filmed in
the Kreuzberg quarter in Berlin. One of the shots along the bank of a
river was filmed on the
Gröbenufer, opposite the O2 centre, close to the
famous Oberbaumbrücke. You can still recognise the building in the
back, it is cleaner and completely renovated.
|After Harry is arrested in East
Berlin, he is brought to Colonel Stok's Headquarters. This building
still exists and is located in the Lindenstrasse in the Kreuzberg
quarter in Berlin as well.
Again it was Peter Hegenbarth who found this location. His additional
former administration building of the Victoria- Versicherung can be
found at the Lindenstraße 19 – 25, 10969 Berlin (Kreuzberg). Build
between 1906 and 1913 by Wilhelm Walther. In the background you see the
resurrection of the former Kammergericht, which became the (West)
Berlin-Museum and is now part of the Jewish museum. The street ended at
Mehringplatz, but had been relocated in the meantime. The house hasn't
changed much, obviously except for the trees. But even the dirty
patches on a lot of the stones are still the same pattern.
think the shot of the court was done somewhere else, perhaps at the
Amtsgericht Tiergarten, which doubled as the interior of the
Police-Station. It looks like the inner court at Amtsgericht
Charlottenburg and Amtsgericht Mitte. The floor plan of the building
Friedrichstraße is more open and contains no such courts.The list of
the listed buildings for Kreuzberg says:
Lindenstraße 20-25, Viktoria-Versicherung, 1906-13 (D)
on the spot where the car enters the building (as you can see on the
picture below), you can see a big door. Behind the door is now a
restaurant (the Victoria Restaurant)!
this behind this building is NOT the court where Harry is pushed out of
the car and into the building. This location is yet unknown.
Palmer meets Vulkan in the Berlin Hilton after meeting Colonel Stok.
This was filmed in the (former) Berlin Hilton (on the former Westside
of Berlin). It was the same place where Samantha Steel "picks up"
Harry. The hotel still exists but is now called the Inter-Continental.
The bar and entrance have been renovated, relocated and rebuilt so
there's nothing familiar left there. It is now called the Marlene
Dietrich bar. They still have some the woodwork with the painting where
Harry and Vulkan discuss Kreutzmann but whether that's original... The
place where Samantha picked up Harry (the reception) is now part of the
bar (see picture below right). The place where they both get into a
taxi is now the reception under the glass pyramid (behind the red car
you can see on the photo on the left). You can find the
Inter-Continental Hotel at Budapeßter Straße 2 in Berlin.
Steel's apartment was situated on the Lietzenseeufer. It's still there,
you can find the building on the Lietzenseeufer 10, next to the Hotel
Seehof. Only the doorbells (Harry warns his hired burglar) have changed
Update: There is now a small hotel in the building, so in case you want
a real Palmer night, check out this hotel: Hotel
& Pension Belle Etage am Lietzensee.
beautiful police station where Harry Palmer meets inspector Reinhardt
and asks him about Otto Ruckel and other crooks is situated in the Criminal Court of Berlin, the
91 in Berlin. Unfortunately you can only enter the hall and have a look
at the beautiful stairs but you are not allowed to make any pictures.
The exterior (top photos) is seen briefly
when Harry visits the inspector for the second time, but this exterior
shot is filmed somewhere else! This is filmed at a real police station,
the Polizeidirektion 2 - Abschnitt 24,
located at Kaiserdamm 1, Berlin. (U-Bahn Sophie-Charlotte-Platz).
These locations have been found by Peter Hegenbarth from Germany, many
thanks for all your research.
Tiergarten interior shots)
Abschnitt 24 exterior
Palmer stays (most of the time) in the Hotel Am Zoo in Berlin during
his Berlin visits. It's the place where he "hides" the death
certificate and where the Israeli Secret Service "burgles" his room. He
interrogates Hallam in the bathroom there and it's where Harry receives
the film of Samantha's safe by the German burglar. The hotel is still
there and almost nothing has changed. The lift and reception are almost
identical. Harry slept in room 607 but I think they have changed the
numbering. They did change the front of the hotel a little (letters Am
Zoo have moved to the roof of the hotel) but you can still stand on the
spot where Colonel Stok talks to Harry ("Colonel Stok, if ever I need
to defect..."-"Ask Vulkan, he knows the way!") in West Berlin . They
have changed the name Hotel Am Zoo into Hotel Zoo Berlin. You can find
the hotel on the Kurfürstendamm 25 in Berlin. Hotel Zoo Berlin
the building was completely renovated in 2014 and the frontlobby has
dissappeared in and is made into a shop (Boss). So the
lift (right) and reception have gone I'm afraid... Also the
gold-coloured overhang before the entrance on the street has gone. The
hotel will a new
entrance on the right side and will reopen November 2014. Same counts
for the original rooms which still
had a lot of original details and art-deco furniture. See 2014 pictures.
Vulkan calls Harry to say that he has made contact with Kreutzman ("he
has to come to the Chez Nou nightclub"). Vulkan calls from a place near
to a big roundabout called the Ernst-Reuter Platz. Behind the
roundabout is the 'Strasse des 17.Juni'
Chez Nous nightclub which is used in Funeral in Berlin (Harry meets the
"man with the green carnation"), can be found at the Marburger Straße
14 in Berlin. The club has been running until 2008 and there were two
shows every day.
Harry Palmer leaves the Chez Nous after "the man with the green
carnation", he dissappears in an alley next to the Chez Nous. The alley
was still there until 2001 when the building next to the Chez Nous was
renovated. This alley is now closed of and used as entrance to
parkingspots. This block next to the Chez Nous has been renovated and
can be seen on the 2009 and 2010 photo.
it was closed in 2008 the interior was still the same as it was in
1966. Above this text on the left photo you can see the bar as it was
in 2001. In a room next to the main entrance you can find another bar
where "the man with the green carnation" was seated (barstool photo on
the right). Harry was given the "telefon" in that room. Again:
incredible, nothing except the stage in Chez Nous had changed since the
(site offline at the moment) It is said that the owner is looking for
another location. In 2010 the club has unfortunately been renovated
completely and divided and transformed into two
meets with Kreutzman to discuss all arrangements in the Europa Center
in the centre of Berlin. It is still there. First (after the shot of
the icerink) they meet on the outside of the now closed of first floor
(changed into shops) of the shoppingcentre, next to the Tauentzien
Straße. The floor they are on is now closed and turned into a
coffeeshop with big 'Esprit' sticker on it. You can see a part of that
location on the photo on the right. Their second meeting is on the roof
of the officebuilding (the building with the big Mercedes sign on top),
which is now office of the Commerzbank. Unfortunately the rooftop of
that building is closed nowadays, but you can reach the first mentioned
location I mentioned quite easily. The Europa Center can be found on
the Tauentzien Straße, next to the famous Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtnis
2014 situation added now a Nike shop.
bridge where the coffin crosses the border between East and West Berlin
in Funeral in Berlin is the 'Swinemünder Brücke' in Berlin.
'Swinemünder Brücke' is located in Berlin-Wedding. It can be found
easily from the S-trainstation 'Gesundbrunnen'. The bridge makes a 230m
long connection between the Swinemünder Strasse and the
Bellermannstrasse. It was constructed in 1905 and because its
incredible high costs many Berliners know the bridge as the
"Millionenbrücke". In the fifties the Swinemünder Brücke was
refurbished (and this century again) . The bridge is protected under a
monumentlaw so it won't dissappear in the near future. It was hard to
find the bridge because you expect it to be over water... Many
thanks to Lars Förster, Germany.
location where the hired old lady leaves the car and gets her money for
'acting' at the exchange on the bridge is located at the
Holtzendorffstraße in Berlin.
it was Peter Hegenbarth who found this Berlin location:
"The Street on which the hearse drives is the Holtzendorffstraße. The
camera looks under the bridge to the south to Holtzendorffplatz and
In front of the petrol-station is the Heilbronnerstraße, in front of
the new building is the Gerviniusstraße.
First: a typical S-Bahn or U-Bahn „overground“-bridge. Must be
West-Berlin, due to political restrictions in early 1966. No leaves on
the trees, no leaves on the ground. So it must be late march to late
april.In the last shot in the background behind the widow we see a
„Neubau“ (building build after the war). In the first shot we see a
petrol-station in the background, to the right-hand side.
petrol-station? These things happened to get broken down in the past.
But the new building still had to be present. Again – where is an old
petrol-station opposite such a new house?
And it must be more inner-city, as the more rural areas below S- and
U-Bahn-bridges do look different."
again to Peter Hegenbarth.
bridge has been renovated but the fundaments and big poles are still
the same as in the Sixties!