Seemingly every aspect of a Wes Anderson movie—from the set to the wardrobe choices to the color palette—are simultaneously whimsical and meticulously curated. The atmosphere of Anderson’s movies cultivate a sense of playfulness and wonder. The signature quirks are in the details—from the distinctive font choices, to the texture and colors that dress each set—and, of course, the writing, with his characteristic off-kilter dialogue and rye humor.
You can search the globe for Wes Anderson aesthetics, and come up with a wealth of locations (many sourced from the @accidentallywesanderson Instagram, no doubt). But you may as well start with the actual Wes Anderson filming locations. From The Royal Tenenbaums to Grand Budapest Hotel, here are nine must-visit Wes Anderson filming locations.
Conanicut Point Lighthouse, Rhode Island (Moonrise Kingdom)
A coming-of-age camp story, Moonrise Kingdom is a boy-meets-girl flick that takes place in the 1960s. At a camp in New England, two odd-ball-out kids run off together to a beach hideaway. You can run off to that same beach hideaway: it’s on Conanicut Island, just a quick walk from Fort Wetherill State Park. While on Conanicut Island, visit the iconic Conanicut Point Lighthouse, which doubles as the exterior of Suzy Bishop’s family home; the house is called Summer’s End in the movie.
Pfunds Dairy, Dresden, Germany (Grand Budapest Hotel)
Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s famed 2014 film, is a story within a story within a story set in the 1930s. Anderson essentially builds a fictional European country where he tells an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery set against the backdrop of rising facism. In short, there’s a lot going on, Ralph Fiennes is at his peak, and it’s a gift to all movie-goers. Filmed in Germany, the movie’s iconic cake shop (Mendl’s) is, in fact, a real-life bakery and dairy shop with hand-painted frescoes and endless European charm. Founded in 1880 by the Pfund brothers, Pfunds Dairy shop sells pastries, cheeses, confitures, and the like. There are a few other Dresden hotspots the Grand Budapest Hotel team filmed at, like the town’s Zwinger Museum.
Angoulême, France (The French Dispatch)
Wes Anderson’s highly anticipated new movie, The French Dispatch, has yet to be released, but fans are already counting down the days until Timothée Chalamet’s thin mustache graces the big screen on October 16. Much of the movie—depicting the satellite campus of an American newspaper in a fictional ‘50s French city—was filmed in the western French town of Angoulême. The French Dispatch made use of an abandoned Cofpa felt factory in Gond-Pontouvre, just north of Angoulême, and filmed in the small plaza framing Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, among other quiet small-town corners of Angoulême.
Görlitzer Warenhaus, Görlitz, Germany (Grand Budapest Hotel)
Görlitzer Warenhaus, a German department store, was one of the primary sets of Grand Budapest Hotel—it’s where most of the hotel’s interior shots came from. While Anderson and the production design team originally wanted to use a hotel for the interiors, Görlitzer’s art nouveau department store—with its storied walls, historic architecture, and brilliantly designed staircases and atriums—was too spot-on to resist. Fans of Grand Budapest Hotel will be truly overwhelmed when they walk into this massive German warenhaus—from the iconic chandelier to the resolute pillars and fantastical ceiling—it’s Wes Anderson to a tee.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Rajasthan, India (The Darjeeling Limited)
A year after the death of their father, three brothers—Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman—reunite for a train trip around India wearing ill-fitting suits. (That’s perhaps not quite how IMDB would recap it, but the wardrobe really is purposefully off-kilter.) The train—called The Darjeeling Limited—is fictional, but they shot on Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, which was in operation until 2017. It can still be visited as part of the Palace on Wheels Tour Circuit. Much of the film was shot in Rajasthan—a region of India that encompasses major tourist cities like Jaipur and Udaipur. The views of the Himalayas in the movie were shot in Udaipur, and a retired terminal at Udaipur Airport makes an appearance in the film, as do the bustling streets of Jodhpur.
Hotel Raphaël, Paris, France (Hotel Chevalier)
A short film starring Natalie Portman and Jason Schwatrzman, Hotel Chevalier is a 13-minute love story that plays out in a Paris hotel room. And wait, it gets better: you can visit that Paris hotel room. The real-life Hotel Chevalier is actually Hotel Raphaël, a five-star hotel in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Built in 1925, the hotel features hand-painted murals, intricate wooden carvings worked into the interior paneling, and a remarkable stone facade.
339 Convent Avenue, Harlem, New York City (The Royal Tenenbaums)
A dysfunctional rich family with a domineering, semi-absent patriarch, The Royal Tenenbaums is one of Wes Anderson’s best known films. It walks the line between emotionally raw and bitingly hilarious, in true Wes Anderson fashion. The Tenenbaum’s New York City family home—on the fictitious Archer Avenue in the movie—is at the corner of 144th and Convent Avenue in Harlem in real life. The 8,000-square-foot Harlem brownstone was purchased out of foreclosure for less than $500,000.
Grand Prospect Hall, Park Slope, New York City (The Royal Tenenbaums)
If you’re at all familiar with Park Slope’s Grand Prospect Hall, you know it as either a Victorian relic in Brooklyn, or the spot where Gwenyth Paltrow and Gene Hackman dig into a butterscotch sundae in The Royal Tenenbaums. You can’t actually pop in for sundae, but the four-story Grand Prospect Hall—now used as a banquet hall or wedding and events venue—is filled with ornate gold fixtures and relics from a forgotten era of New York grandeur. Even if you can’t venture into the ballroom where Wes Anderson shot, it’s worth passing by just to see the exterior.
Quirinal Palace, Rome, Italy (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou)
An homage to Jacques Cousteau, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a 2004 film about an eccentric oceanographer—aka Bill Murray. The final scene of Life Aquatic shows Murray on the steps of Quirinal Palace; the audience sees a full shot of the palace’s back entrance. Quirinal Palace—or Palazzo del Quirinale in Italian—is not only an historic landmark that’s open to the public, it’s also the Italian president’s official Roman residence. That wasn’t what drew Anderson to the building, though—supposedly, he just rode his bike by the palazzo one day while on the hunt for gelato.