The 2014 'tour'....

Sunday, 3rd August 2014 met Claudia at the Bavaria Studios to work out the design structure of the camp. We used a hand written map of the camp (see below) to help in locating where the actors stood, walked and smiled. But there is an urgent need for the knowledge of the actual width and length of The Great Escape Huts....can anyone help?

The opening scene where Steve McQueen walks along then picks up some soil is approximately 16 'wooden posts'. Each post is 6 "McQueen Paces long."

The next scene is where McQueen walks along the 'Cooler' side of The Camp and turns the corner....

The corner is on the LEFT side of the photograph below with the HUT hidden on the RIGHT. This HUT is an 'Electric Substation' so it is the only building that survives from the 1962 filming !!

The space between the trees runs down into the distance and halfway down is where McQueen throws the baseball over the wire...

This scene is where McQueen throws the baseball over the trip wire. Interestingly McQueen moves across from "Mc1" to "Mc2" as seen in the different shapes of the huts when he moves away from them!!

The film crew cleverly moved the numbers 109 and 110 across to the other huts when the 'baseball' scene and dialogue were filmed...

Opening scene of McQueen (1) where he picks up some soil is located just down from the Pylon and just up from the Electric sub-station:

Cooler side of the camp with the 'Hut' in the 'cross road' corner to act as a reference point:

Hut in the corner.....walk 100 'McQueen' strides away from the hut to locate the 'cooler'.

The 'cooler' is situated here and the 'baseball' scene is half way down the tunnel of grass which runs between the line of trees situated to the left of the photograph below...

McQueen Scene (2):

This building can be viewed on the above map in the top RIGHT hand corner. It is an 'Electric Substation' so it could not be removed / knocked down. The other buildings were built around it when the Camp was constructed during The Great Escape camp structure..

 

 

(The Electric Substation can be seen in the background. Compare the 'slit' window in the film to the photograph of the hut to the left)

 

The 'Electric substation' hut in the corner below...

The compound contained 15 wooden huts raised about 2 feet above the ground so that the "ferrets", the security guards, could crawl underneath and search for tunnels.

 

 

 

On Sunday afternoon, Claudia and I drove to Deining in search of the opening scene where a convoy of lorries drove towards a tall tree with a church nearby...then onto Egling to take photographs of the 'winding road'....refer to the Munich page for details.

   
Later in the day the following locations were searched and found:

Location (1)...Grunwald Castle will be the first location visited on Sunday, 3rd August 2014 with a walk around the tower and a coffee on the terrace of the Schlosshotel.

Location (2)...Visit the opening scenes of the film where the convoy of lorries travelled through the small hamlet of Deining; passing the 'poppy field' with a building 'hidden' amongst the trees and onto the winding road with the small town of Egling in the distance...

Location (3)...Locate the 'Camp' site just north of Bavaria Studios and to estimate where the different scenes were acted out...

Location (4)...To travel down to Fussen on Monday, 4th August and then  locate the many known and hidden film locations around the surrounding countryside...

 

(Grunwalder Brucke)

 

(The McQueen's standing on the tower of Burg Grunwald {Grunwald Castle}, Bavaria, Munich)

(The McQueen's having a meal on the terrace of the Schlosshotel)

(McQueen meets Don...)

Stayed the night in Deininger Weiher where I treated Claudia to a meal for her intuitive advice and insight into the different locations found today before she drove through the driving rain back to where she lived. A superb guide...

The balcony on the left of the hotel was where I stayed for the night...

Monday, 4th August - Left the hotel and drove to Deining to take some photographs of the 'opening' scene. As I walked through the field I realised I was walking through a field of Poppies !! The 'Poppy Field' had been accidently located. Photos were taken...

 

Just down from the hut, which is hidden behind some trees, is where Steve McQueen picked up some soil in the opening scene of the film...the suggested location can be viewed below.

Visited the Bavaria Studios to take some photographs of the Camp and then met Marc, Frank and two other executives who worked at the Bavaria Studios to discuss The Great Escape film, my website and how they might organise a 'Great Escape' tour around the Bavaria Studios in the future...

Went onto Egling to take some photos of the 'winding road' which is now hidden by bushes and trees. A new road now skirts around this iconic location...

 

 

Monday, 4th August - arrived at the Hotel Guglhupf in Fussener Strasse 107, Schwangau just before 6.45pm.

At 7.00pm met the 'Fussen Railway' Group of enthusiasts for a meal at Gasthof Helmerhof in Schwangau-Horn. The guests included Mac, Joachim, Thomas and his band of followers; and a journalist, who was more interested in writing about my website than saving the Fussen Railway Station !!

One of the guests photocopied the original programme which was handed out in the cinema before the showing of the film...refer to the CONTENTS page which is on the homepage.

(Joachim, owner of the Alpina, holds The Great Escape baseball given to him by Steve McQueen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Berndt, the local Fussen journalist, was very keen to write about the website: www.thegreatescapelocations.com rather than about  the Fussen Railway station remaining open !!)

 

 

Tuesday, 5th August - Met Mac at breakfast along with Kevin and his wife (who were celebrating their wedding anniversary). At 11.00am drove over to the Alpina Hotel, Hopfen Am See to meet up with Joachim for coffee. Joachim and I drove over to the Museum in Old Fussen to meet up with Reed Miller who showed me around the building where The Great Escape Exhibition was from October 2013 to early January 2014.

At 2.00pm walked around Old Fussen with Kevin to show him some locations from TGE film. Kevin came along to last years 'Save Fussen Railway Station' and appears to visit Fussen each year to celebrate his wedding vows...

Met Kevin Payne at the Thai Restaurant in Pfronten and then went upstairs to have a coffee and was introduced to Kevin's wife and two children.

 
Wednesday, 6th August - Walked into Old Fussen to meet Bobo, owner of RUBY SOHO, to give him a copy of Cinema Retro. The journalist. Brian, arrived at 6.00pm to discuss his article on my website. Went next door to Monika's house to have a BBQ.
 
Thursday, 7th August - Christian arrived from Munich at 9.30am for breakfast. He wanted to view several TGE locations: Boat scene, Bike scene, Roof top scene, Good Luck ! scene, Cafe Suzanne scene.. We then drove over to Hopfen Am See to locate the 'trip wire' scene. The farmer living at the house (number 15), which appears in the 'trip wire' scene, cycled up the road with us and showed us exactly where the filming took place. Then went onto the Alpina, but Joachim was away in Munich.
   
Lunch was on the lakeside of Hopfen Am See, Hotel Am Hopfensee. Christian returned to Munich at 3.00pm and I went back for an afternoon nap...

 

Arranged a meal at Schlossbrauhaus, just down from the Hotel Guglhupf, where Jacob and his wife, Mac and his daughter, Reiner and Kevin Payne arrived at 7.00pm. Kevin gave me a poster advertising my website which cost 280euros and Reiner handed over a memory stick with TGE location images on it...

 

Friday, 8th August - My favourite waitress, Tina, worked today. Left at 10.30am and drove towards Munich. By chance located Penzing airport, west of Munich, where James Garner and Donald Pleasence stole an aircraft in TGE film.

 

(Penzing is where the aircraft was stolen by James Garner. The hired car is parked carefully off the road !!)

 

 

Arrived in the Schwabing region of Munich at 2.00pm and located both the La Bonne Auberge restaurants.

 

 

 One at 34 cnr Kardinal Doepfner Strasse in Oskar-Von-Miller-Ring

....and the other at 15 Roemerstrasse...

 A city guide from 1968 called "Münchner Bummelbuch" which lists the "Bon Auberge Centre" at Oskar von Miller Ring 34...

It goes along the lines of this:
Quite a few innkeepers have tried before to teach the people of Munich the eating of Oysters. Whilst even at the Bonne Auberge having oyster stalls outside the door did not work, nevertheless the owner has managed to grow his clientele for them. During the season regular customers are enjoying their "fine Belons" (0,95 DM/piece) or the "Claires" from Portugal (0,85 DM). They are accompanied by an exceptional Chablis or a nice dry Elsässer Edelzwicker. The "good hostel" at the Oskar von Miller-Ring has a good kitchen but also steep prices. Five kinds of Bouillabaisse between 10,50 to 19,- DM are on the menu, the Fondue Bourgignonne for two comes at 25,-DM.The Bonne Auberge has a long counter and cosy booths with straw backrestst. Affiches by Toulouse Lautrec and modern posters are part of the decoration of the establishment that on the outside already greets in the French colors.
Best Mario

 

Had lunch and drove to Munich Airport where the hired car was filled up with diesel and returned in perfect condition !! Flight delayed until 10.30pm,,,,,,,back to reality !!

 

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