Switzerland has been favorite shooting destination of Bollywood movies. Over the years several Bollywood movies have been filmed in destinations across Switzerland.
Here are some memorable Bollywood movie destinations that Indian tourists should visit on their trip to Switzerland. It took a lot of research to find these destinations especially DDLJ Church and bridge. After online research and several emails I have finally come across several Bollywood movie locations in Switzerland.
DDLJ Church - In the Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Shahrukh and Kajol aka Raj and Simran prays in a church. Two churches were used in the movie for that particular scene. Both churches are in Montbovon. In the movie interior was shown of the Church of St. Grat in Montbovon. If you have seen the movie you will definitely recognize the interior. Romantic couples and honeymooners especially from India will definitely enjoy visiting this church.
Flickr Photo By Keepps
Flickr Photo By Keepps
Saanen Bridge - Saanen Bridge is quite simple looking. It was made famous in the movie Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaaynge. Some people recogise it as DDLJ Bridge. Its the same bridge where Shahrukh Khan finds out that Kajol loves him when she turns around just before boarding in the train. It may not seem the same one from the movie because of the development in the area.
Apart from the bridge Sannen Railway Station was also featured in the movie. In a scene of DDLJ, Shahrukh Khan is shown racing against the airplane. That scene was shot in the Saanen Airport.
Lake Lungerer - The Lake Lungerer was shown in the song Tujhe Dekha To Yeh from the movie DDLJ. Shahrukh and Kajol are shown fishing in the Lake Lungerer and catches a shoe.
Gstaad - Most of the song from the movie Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayne in which Kajol is drunk was shot in Gstaad. An chocolate shop in Gstaad, Early Beck Shop has featured in DDLJ as well Bachna Ae Haseeno. On the Gstaad Bus Station Kajol predents to look at the church.The song Aahista Aahista featuring Manisha Lamba and Ranbir Kapoor in the movie Bachna Ae Haseeno was shot in Glacier 3000 in Gstaad.
Gstaad - The Promenade - Manisha Lamba sees Ranbir for the first time here in the movie Bachna Ae Haseeno and falls in love. Ranbir Kapoor was playing DDLJ music at that time. At the end of the song "Zara sa jhoomlu main" in DDLJ, Shahrukh takes drunk Kajol in a horse-carriage to hotel along the Gstaad Promenade in Switzerland.
>Zweisimmen - In the movie DDLJ, Kajol misses her train in Zweisimmen. She has been shown running on the platform where in reality she was running on a parking lot nearby. Kajol also made the booking enquiry about the next train to Zurich in Zweisimmen Railway Station.
Grand Hotel Giessbach - The hotel was featured in the classic Bollywood movie Sangam. Raj Kapoor and Vyjayantimala stayed in this hotel for their honeymoon in the movie Sangam. Although most of the hotel's locations featured in the movie have been renovated.
Trummelbach Falls - This is the location where all three lead actors in the movie Sangam meets in Switzerland. Rajendra Kumar aka Gopal comes to Switzerland during the honeymoon trip of Vyjayantimala aka Radha and Raj Kapoor aka Sunder.
The Chopra Lake - The Chopra Lake has been named in honor of Yash Chopra by the Swiss Officials. The real name of the lake is Alpenrausch. These days even locals refers Alpenrausch as Chopra lake. This lake however has not been used in any Bollywood movie.