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For decades, the Mission: Impossible film series has been one of the most action-packed and exciting media franchises, rivaled only by the James Bond films. The American action spy films, loosely based on the television series of the same name, take place all around the world and even beyond it. To follow the Tom Cruise The Mission: Impossible films will send a viewer to every continent across eight movies. Travelers who want to capture some of the action will come across historic landmarks, breathtaking desolation, and a globe-hopping trip to remember.

The main filming locations of the Mission Impossible film series

Map of Mission: Impossible tourism

Mission: Impossible (1996)


The initial Mission: Impossible film starts in the Czech Republic, with a job gone wrong that takes hero Ethan Hunt to London and back home to the CIA headquarters to uncover a mole in his agency. In addition to the real-world locations and the fictional sets, a thrilling train scene from the climax of the film was shot along the Glasgow South Western Line, so while you are in England, you may wish to head north and take the rails from Kilmarnock to Glasgow.

London, United Kingdom

Prague, Czech Republic

Charles Bridge
  • 3 Charles Bridge (Karlův Most).
  • 4 National Museum (Národní muzeum).
  • 5 Wenceslas Square.
  • 6 Liechtenstein Palace Ledeburk, Malostranské nám. 258/13, 118 00 Malá Strana, +420 605 025 559.
  • 7 Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí). Sadly, the explosive scene set at a restaurant surrounded by large aquariums was filmed on set, but the exterior shots surrounding it were in the Old Town Square. On the plus side, you are less likely to be drowned by 32,000 pounds (15,000 kg) of water.
  • 8 Na Příkopě.
  • 9 Hotel Europa, Václavské nám. 25.

Virginia, United States

  • 10 Old CIA Headquarters, Langley, Virginia. Commit cyber-espionage at your own expense and see the Wikimedia Foundation terms of service for use of these materials to perform treason.

Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)


The first M:I sequel starts off with a gorgeous and expansive view of our hero free solo climbing in America and playing a seductive game of cat-and-mouse with a thief in Spain before spending time in rural and urban Australia. Australian settings were used as stand-ins for Seville.

Moab, Utah, United States

Dead Horse Point State Park

Additionally, a plane crashes in the scenic Rocky Mountains, which are convenient to travel to from Dead Horse, but try to stay in one piece.

New South Wales, Australia

  • 12 Boora Point. The road where the motorcycle chase was filmed
  • 13 Bare Island fort.
  • 15 Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia, +61 2 9240 1601.

Mission: Impossible III (2006)


The third installment begins in a domestic scene set somewhere in the United States before setting off on a rescue mission in Berlin, infiltration of Vatican City, and a violent chase in northern Jiaxing and Shanghai.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)


After a brief killing in Budapest, global war is risked when the Kremlin is rocked by a mammoth explosion. IMF agents must follow a nuclear weapon to Dubai's Burj Khalifa, Mumbai, and some last-minute heroics to save American lives in San Francisco along with a brief reunion in Seattle. Additional shooting happened on Vancouver soundstages and exteriors in Bangalore and Chennai.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)


A rival spy agency fights our heroes across Casablanca, Havana, Kuala Lumpur, Langley/Washington, D.C., London and Oxfordshire, Minsk, Paris, and Vienna. While filming in Cuba was not possible and some scenes shot in Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, anyone looking for the authentic shooting locations will have a global trek ahead of them.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)


Nihilist terrorist Solomon Lane is looking to wreak havoc around the world, so the IMF must return to familiar locations Berlin, London, and Paris, but they also head to Belfast and rural Kashmir (the latter location could not be filmed, so Queenstown substituted). The finale features a death-defying plane chase filmed in New Zealand and Norway's Rogaland.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part One (2023)


In a story too big to be contained in one film, a malevolent artificial intelligence traverses cyberspace and our human protagonists must travel through Abu Dhabi, the Swiss Alps, Amsterdam, Rome and Venice, Washington, D.C., and an undisclosed location in Yemen, with an additional scene taking place in the most remote M:I location yet: the Arctic Circle. As before, the Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden site and some surrounding English villages in Surrey and the town of Levisham serve for some of the European locations and the Grand Central, Birmingham also supplemented shots of the Abu Dhabi airport, alongside Møre og Romsdal and a bridge in rural Poland's Lower Silesia that showcase the train explosion set piece.

Eighth film (2025)


Originally entitled Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part Two, this direct sequel is planned for a 2025 release, with shooting locations overlapping the last installment, as well as Malta and South Africa.

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