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Five places like in the movies

Wesley "Wes" Anderson was born in Houston in 1969 and is a film producer, screenwriter and director. He studied philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where he met actor Owen Wilson. The two co-wrote the screenplay for The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), for which they received an Oscar nomination. Wes Anderson is best known for the films Darjeeling Limited (2007), Moonrise Kingdom (2011) and Grand Budapest Hotel (2013). The latter was partly filmed in Görlitz. The Art Nouveau department store there served as the backdrop for some interior shots of the hotel. The historic outdoor pool was turned into a hotel bathing facility and some exterior shots were shot in front of the Görlitz town hall.

Wes Anderson's films are cult.

Wes Anderson's films are cult. His trademarks are intense colors, fascinating figures, unusual objects and very symmetrical camera settings. His films often play with the charm of bygone times and his style is often quoted. For example, Gwyneth Paltrow's costume as "Margot" in The Royal Tenenbaums - a fur coat, light blue tennis dress, black-rimmed eyes and a blonde pageboy cut - has become iconic and is often copied at costume parties or fashion spreads. The Italian restaurant "Coccodrillo' could also be a setting in an Anderson film. Tomato-red walls, tulip chairs of the same color and XNUMXs lamps dominate the interior here. Garnished with a few quirky finds and colorful pop art, you get a craving for color – and pasta.

The director's imagery is also a popular topic on the internet. Under the motto "Accidentally Wes Anderson," people post photos of places and buildings that look like they're from one of his films. An illustrated book has now even been published. Following this motto, we want to put together five accommodations that are equally appealing to cineastes, color therapists and foodies.

1. 1477 Reichshalter in Lana, Italy

This hotel is housed in a building that dates back to 1477 and was stylishly renovated a few years ago. In addition to the modern conveniences of a hotel, there are many historical detailsthat would delight any movie prop master. The earlier room keys and the old china are still in use. And during the renovation, old chairs, tables, cupboards and stoves were restored. In some places, the original plaster is intentionally shown to give an idea of ​​how the house used to look. In order to achieve this so-called "patina" - a surface created by natural or artificial aging - in the film, different wiping, coloring and painting techniques are used. The patina is intended to give objects, clothing or surfaces a certain authenticity and liveliness, as would be the case with real wear and tear. However, the old floorboards in the hotel squeak all by themselves.

Incidentally, the patisserie is excellent and is reminiscent of the character of the confectioner Mendl in “Grand Budapest Hotel”. His feat, the so-called “Courtesan au Chocolat”, plays a central role in the film. Incidentally, the design idea for the colorful dessert came from a confectioner from Görlitz, with whom Wes Anderson worked intensively on the cinematic calorie bomb.

Martina and Andreas Heinrich from the 1477 Reichhalter restaurant tell us the recipe for their famous Reichhalter cake

1477 Reichshalter
Tart Reichhalter
Cups Reichhalter
rich holder
1477 Reichshalter

Single rooms from 143 euros per night. 
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2. Rössli Mogelsberg in Mogelsberg, Switzerland

The house is over 300 years old and has a really cinematic facade. A so-called Toggenburger Strickbau, which was built entirely of wood. Both the outer and all inner walls are constructed of thick wooden beams. But also inside there is one or the other exciting eye-catcher. In addition to lots of wood and classic hut charm, there are colorful walls and ceilings in bright blue with integrated star lights or wonderfully surprising breaks in style such as carpets with an ikat pattern in cheerful red. In snowy winters, the traditional house looks like a motif from a historic snow globe.

Rössli Mogelsberg
Rooms in the Rössli

Single rooms from 120 euros per night.

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3. Renthof Kassel in Kassel, Germany

The hotel is housed in a former monastery from the 13th century. The rather rough stone facade stands in interesting contrast to the fine interior. A striking and successful pattern and material mix floral wallpaper, cozy velvet furniture, colorful walls, graphic tiles and kilim carpets paired with humorous pictures and a wide variety of lamps. All very opulent and very individual. The renowned bar of the boutique hotel has certainly witnessed one or the other film-worthy scene.

Renthof Kassel
Fireplace room Renthof Kassel
Rooms in the Renthof Kassel
Foyer Renthof Kassel

Single rooms from 99 euros per night.

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4. Faro Punta Cumplida on La Palma, Spain

Lighthouses are a motif that runs through very different films. But the seclusion of the place always does something to the protagonists who live there. In the love story "The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife" (2004), Sandrine Bonnaire, who plays a married woman, falls in love with the new lighthouse keeper in the early 60s and begins a passionate and momentous affair with him. In the melodrama “Love between the Seas” (2016) with Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender, the lighthouse keeper couple takes in a washed-up baby without looking for its mother. After a few attempts, the couple had given up hope of having a child of their own. On the day of the baby's christening on the mainland, the man accidentally sees the grieving mother and his guilty conscience almost costs him his life. In the black-and-white horror film The Lighthouse (2019), starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, the remoteness of the lighthouse becomes their undoing. The story is inspired by Edgar Ellen Poe and is correspondingly dark, as the two men increasingly lose their minds in isolation. That can be fortunately this beautiful Lighthouse Hotel not happen. The stylish and minimalist furnishings ensure peace and well-being. The sea view from all rooms ensures balance. The great pool over the sea triggers feelings of happiness, even if you don't see any dolphins. Speaking of sighting, a good place for a nice movie night - with or without the lighthouse.

Faro Punta Cumplida
View from the window Faro Punta Cumplida
Pool Faro Punta Cumplida
Faro Punta Cumplida from above

Suite from 280 euros per night.

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5. Kjobing Manor in Ærøskøbing, Denmark

This manor house from the 17th century is almost like a picture gallery. Color-coordinated expressionist portraits hang here on royal blue walls or black-and-white engravings on a rust-red background. The checkerboard bathroom floor is boldly and skillfully paired with graphic bedspreads. Incidentally, most of the pictures were painted by the hotel owner's father-in-law, and both obviously share a sense of beautiful color compositions. The successful play of colors and patterns would certainly appeal to Wes Anderson's set designer and perhaps inspire him to come up with new ideas.

Kjobing Manor
Kjobing Manor
Kjobing Manor inside

Double rooms from 130 euros per night.

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Incidentally, in 2016 the BBC selected three of Wes Anderson's films (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Grand Budapest Hotel) as one of the hundred most important films of the 21st century. Maybe a nice program for the winter...



© Photos: 1477 Reichhalter, Rössli Mogelsberg, Renthof Kassel, Florian Holl, Faro Cumplida, Kjobing Manor

Geraldine works as a freelance writer for Good Travel and has just completed training as a sustainability manager. After twenty exciting years in film, she now devotes herself full-time to her other passions - travel, food and design.


  • Elisabeth Klein-Altstedde

    A very nice post.
    I always look forward to wonderful reporting.
    By Geraldine Voss.

  • Michael Otto

    Great path you've taken there. Interesting choice.
    I am sending you greetings from Salalah, Oman. I also like to travel so much 😉

    • Geraldine Voss
      Geraldine Voss

      How nice to hear from you and thank you for your lovely feedback. Your trips always sound very exciting! Kind regards, Geraldine


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