In 1969, as a 13 year old, I stayed in the Gasthaus Hohenwerfen, in Werfen, along with others from schools all over England. It was an experience I will never forget, and before I knew about 'Where Eagles Dare'. I visited the castle and crossed the bridge many times. It was subsequently great to see the film and know that I had been to this memorable location.
Was the castle not called Schloss Adler?
Yes, the castle was called Schloss Adler -> Translated from German, it means Eagle Castle, thus "Where Eagles Dare"
Our Top Agent (2008-08-12)
The Castle also appears in the back ground of the film: "The Sound of Music" filmed in 1964, during one of the songs.
Tanja G. (2009-07-06)
Hey guys, I live at the bottom of the castle, in the town called Werfen. My husband provided the screenshots and photo story of the places the movie was shot on this website. I read that some of you have fond memories of travelling to Austria and seeing the fortress. We\'ve recently been thinking of offering organized tours to the spots \"Where Eagles Dare\" was shot, including Hohenwerfen castle and others. Is there any interest in this? Would you book such a trip? Feedback appreciated, Tanja
The best location movie set of all time!
Yes, Tanja, I'm sure that there would be a reasonable amount of interest in seeing where the scenes were shot. Sadly, despite once being an (British) Army ski instructor on the German/Austrian border, I've fled to where Schaeffer came from (so my personal ability to visit Hohenwerfen is limited).
Tanja, can we talk about this off forum? I run a tour company in Munich and have the same idea....perhaps we can help each other on this?
what month in 1969 did this movie premier in sydney
Morten Sagen (2010-10-31)
The castle was also used as the exterior location for the 1960s Agatha Christie film, And Then There Were None.
Giovanni La Guardia (2011-06-17)
Scusate, qualcuno sa dove è la cattedrale di Dusseldorf?
Ernesto Cefis (2011-06-17)
Anche io ho due cicatrici parallele ai polsi. Me le ha fatte mia moglie
I`m hoping to do a complete "Eagles" location visit sometime in the near future, covering all areas used in the film.. Lofer, Ebensee, etc...
Our Top Agent (2011-10-03)
Neil, I would recommend staying in Lofer, lovely village. This has the Zum Wilden Hirsch which has recently been renovated and is now a nice restaurant and B & B. Also where the team start there escape on the bus and drive through the village.
Lovely place, only half an hour from Salzburg too.
Håkan Johansson (2011-10-09)
In the movie, when the german troops have retaken the cable car control room, and the officer tries to stop the cable car by the controls, there is a sign in the background "XXXkommando Hohenwerfen" (possibly Militärkommando) and below it "Festungskommandant" and a red right arrow below it.
Since there is no cable car at the real Burg Hohenwerfen and this must be a stage scene, this would be the german name of the installation. Codename(?) "Schloss Adler" is then bad english intelligence :-)
Chris J (2012-08-15)
I might visit in early Sept 2012. . I would love to visit the castle and check out the movie scenes. How do We connect
"In 1938, the Federal State of Salzburg assumed the management over Hohenwerfen. During WWII it was used by the nazis as a district training camp.."
One comment, I think its unfair that all Germans during WW2 are called Nazis. I have studied and read about this. The actual number of fanatical, longtime and passionate nazis was a small percentage of the population. We should stop labeling them all, its offensive to the Germans, I think.