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5 locations Berlin has doubled as in films

Berlin has become a popular destination for filmmakers - even for movies that aren't set in Germany. Here are a handful of other locations that Berlin has been dressed up as on camera.

It practically seems like the makers of the Jason Bourne films starring Matt Damon rented out Berlin. The German capital on the River Spree is featured in nearly all the films in the series. However, some scenes that were filmed in Berlin are actually set elsewhere in the world.

The second part of the series, "The Bourne Supremacy," was mostly shot in Berlin. The assassin with amnesia, Jason Bourne, travels to a variety of European cities in the search for his true identity - even though in some cases star Matt Damon didn't even have to leave Germany.

Whether to save production costs or because Berlin is so visually diverse, the German capital managed to double as Naples, Amsterdam, Moscow - and, now and then, itself.

Some scenes were filmed in neutral-looking locations, like the Walther-Schreiber Square in the Schöneberg district, which is made to resemble Amsterdam. The modernistic ICC trade fair venue in Charlottenburg was costumed as a customs office in Naples and an airport in Moscow.

Berlin's Tempelhof airport turns up occasionally and is the site of the most likely short flight in film history in "The Bourne Supremacy." The corrupt CIA agent Ward Abott takes off in Amsterdam, which is filmed at Tempelhof, and lands in Berlin - in reality, at the very same airport.

Hollywood star Matt Damon seems to be a real Berlin fan. "It's not a real Bourne if it doesn't come from Berlin," he wrote in the guest book at the city's Babelsberg Film Studio.

Click through the gallery above to find out which other cities Berlin has doubled as.


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