Spoiler Alert: You Can’t Really Stay at the Real Grand Budapest Hotel (But We Can Tell You Everything About It)

Wes Anderson’s latest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is a fictional murder-mystery-adventure-love story set in a sumptuous pink Eastern European hotel on the eve of World War II. Unfortunately for moviegoers who’d like to visit, the Grand Budapest Hotel doesn’t actually exist. It’s a miniature model. The hotel’s home base is also imaginary: the Republic of Zubrowka took its name from a Polish bison grass vodka.

Yet while neither country nor hotel is real, they look very … real. National Geographic interviewed set designer Adam Stockhausen to see how he went about creating the Grand Budapest Hotel and other locations in the movie, drawing from various European sites.

Read the full story on the National Geographic blog.