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Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' is Actually a Classic German Department Store

March 7, 2014 at 1:19 PM | by | ()

This weekend Wes Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, opens in theaters, but this is one resort you can't actually check into.

The movie is set in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka in the 1930s and, true to Anderson's style, takes viewers along on a whimsical caper involving a stolen painting and a group of wealthy and eclectic Zubrowkans.

To create the Eastern European feel of Zubrowka, Anderson headed to Görlitz, the easternmost town in Germany and no stranger to the big screen. It has also been used as the backdrop in Inglorious Bastards and The Book Thief.

The cast and crew checked into the real Hotel Börse in Untermarkt while turning the once glamorous Görlitzer Warenhaus department store building into the Grand Budapest Hotel for the movie.

According to Grand Budapest production designer Adam Stockhausen, they knew right away the abandoned department store was meant for the film. "When I first saw the building, I thought: It's perfect, just perfect," he explained. "The columns, the staircases, that really magnificent window and that huge chandelier, that was already there, that's all original."

Anderson loved the building so much he considered buying it himself to save it but, luckily, a private investor stepped in and plans to reopen it next year.

[Photo: IMDb]

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