Filming Locations Guide: Where was Grand Budapest Hotel filmed?

Posted by Ra Moon

The cities of Görlitz and Dresden in Germany, along with some other spots in Saxony, are the main filming locations where The Grand Budapest Hotel takes place.

Film director Wes Anderson took inspiration from a cocktail between Vienna, Prague, and Budapest to create the fictional city of Lutz, in the invented Republic of Zubrowka. The story shows clear references to the history of Central Europe and is somehow framed during the interwar period in the 20th century.

The cast at the elevator

The production team did a magnificent job recreating a fictional universe, that is at the same time familiar to the public.

The locations are not very difficult to recognize for those who have been there. Many films try to mask or hide the real filming locations. In The Grand Budapest Hotel, on many occasions, the camera was pointing at the same perspective as postcards do.

The hotel inspiration
Many elements of the movie are highly influenced by the style and the look of Karlovy Vary, the colorful spa town in the Czech Republic, including the Grandhotel Pupp.

The facade of the Grand Budapest Hotel, featured in the poster of the film, is actually the historic Bristol Palace Hotel.


The interior hall
Before the movie, Görlitz Warenhaus was a forgotten art nouveau building built in 1912 as a department store. It became the perfect setting for the scenes taking place at the elegant hall of the hotel. Image by Wolfgang Pichler


The deer mural restaurant
Also in Görlitz, the Stadthalle was an old concert hall that was used as the hotel’s restaurant. The romantic alpine scene in the background looks suspiciously like the emblematic statue Deer Leap (Jelení Skok) of Karlovy Vary. Image by CzechTourism


The cake shop
Mendl’s confectionery shop was set in Pfunds Molkerei, a historical creamery in Dresden over 100 years old, decorated in neo-Renaissance style. Image by Dresdner Molkerei Gebrüder Pfund



Lutz art museum
The rococo Zwinger palace, also in Dresden, was chosen for the brilliant scene of the Lutz art museum, where Deputy Kovacs tries to escape from a stalker. Image by Michael


Scene with secret agent
The pavilions of the Zwinger were rebuilt after WW2 and now hosts a picture gallery and a rather boring porcelain collection. Image by Michael



Car chase
This night scene shows one of the most famed streets in Dresden, with the 19th-century decorated wall Fürstenzug at the left.
This image and all the screenshots courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.


Fürstenzug wall
The Fürstenzug is a huge porcelain mural representing the rulers of Saxony, that wasn't damaged during the bombing of Dresden in 1945.
Image by Harald Selke


The fireman set
We are back to Görlitz, one of the most beautiful German cities not destroyed in WW2. The facade of the Silesian Museum, pictured, was featured in a very short scene.

Many productions have been recorded in the gorgeous Görlitz, including The Book Thief and Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.
Image by Schlesisches Museum zu Görlitz


Checkpoint 19
Kriebstein Castle was used as the outdoor of the prison Checkpoint 19. The indoor scenes were shot on location at the castle of Osterstein, in Zwickau. Image by Burg Kriebstein


Mountains observatory
The station of the cable car in the mountains is inspired by the Sphinx observatory, located in Jungfraujoch (Switzerland), at an altitude of 3,571 meters (11,716 ft). Image by Julius Silver


Funicular railway in Budapest
The mock-up of the funicular railway leading to the hotel is a reproduction inspired by the Budapest Castle Hill Funicular. Image by Ken Owen


Drehorte Grand Budapest Hotel
One of the most well-known landscapes of Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland) serves as the background for the wedding scene. Image by Fswerk


Akademie Zubrowka High Mountain Observatory
This handcrafted film is full of small jokes and Easter eggs. The name of the country where the action takes place, Zubrowka, is a popular brand of Polish vodka.

For further information, we recommend the awesome book The Grand Budapest Hotel, which will take you behind the scenes to understand the wide variety of sources that inspired the film. Also from the same editorial, The Wes Anderson Collection is an exceptional insight into the world of this extraordinary filmmaker.

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7 comments
  1. Thanks for posting this, Ra! I loved the movie, have watched it twice already and could easily watch it again.
    Great photos!

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  2. Hi, I just made a map featuring all the locations :) https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zYsstHEJSRJ0.kZNDqpmoHLbk

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  3. Thanks Livia, very interesting... The reviews in Trip Advisor are also very entertaining to read! :D
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g6840479-d6776131-Reviews-The_Grand_Budapest_Hotel-The_Republic_of_Zubrowka.html

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  4. I love this movie. It is full of creative ideas and the cinematography is just brilliant. Character of Zero is outstanding.
    Would definitely love to read the book.

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  5. There is an elevator from the river (Elbe) level to the plateau above Bad Schandau. It is shown in the movie.

    I stayed in a hotel across the river with view on the Elevator two years ago. Unfortunately it was closed when we wanted to use it to visit the plateau, where they keep several lynxes. I had to walk my way up.

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  6. forgot to add a link: https://bad-schandau.de/personenaufzug-2/

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