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.