Filming in Berlin

TV teams planning to film in Berlin will find some basic information below.

Berlin is a popular backdrop – for video clips, films, TV series, advertising and other formats. Even small journalistic film and photo teams, that carry out photo or film work on public streets in Berlin and Brandenburg, require a filming permit. Filming permits are provided by the relevant district offices and must be requested there.

The filming permit can be requested with this document

Prior filming permits must also be obtained for all indoor filming or for filming on private property.

Public streets and places include the following:

  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Reichstag (only external recordings are permitted here)
  • Berlin Wall
  • Gendarmenmarkt
  • Alexanderplatz

Filming with drones

You also need a permit to film with drones, which you must obtain from the aviation authority. The following form must be completed and submitted to the aviation authority: FOR_UAS_GEO_REV11.pdf ( (only in German). Filming with a drone within a radius of 5.6 km around the government district is strictly prohibited.

Further details here(in English) and at Unmanned aircraft - Joint Higher Aviation Authority Berlin-Brandenburg (only in German).


Detailed information on contact persons, suitable filming locations and motives can be found on the page of the Berlin Brandenburg Filmcommission. Further clues for filming in mini-teams are elaborated here.

Contact for the film industry in Berlin/Brandenburg:
Berlin Brandenburg Film Commissions
c/o Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
August-Bebel-Straße 26-53
14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg / Germany
T: +49 (0) 331 743 87 31
F: +49 (0) 331 743 87 99