These real places and landmarks that look like they’re straight out of a Wes Anderson film will fuel your wanderlust

The New Windsor Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona, captured by Instagram user @johnnyhifi.

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The New Windsor Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona, captured by Instagram user @johnnyhifi.
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Retro feels, pastel hues, and symmetrical buildings are just some of the recurring themes in the works of cult filmmaker Wes Anderson – and it turns out similar places exist in real life.

Brooklyn-based die-hard Anderson fan Wally Koval originally created his Instagram account @AccidentallyWesAnderson after being inspired by a Reddit forum called “Accidental Wes Anderson.”

His account is a space dedicated to sharing photos of buildings and landmarks around the world that look like they could be straight out of one of his films.

Koval told Business Insider: “I have always been a big fan of Wes Anderson’s work, developing a bit of a fascination for the extraordinary aesthetic he brings to the locations and settings portrayed in his films. When I started seeing real-life Anderson-esque locations pop up on the Subreddit, I became intrigued to know more about the history and background behind the facades, so I started digging.”

Now, he manages the Instagram account with his fiancée Amanda, whom he calls their “chief location scout.”

“@AccidentallyWesAnderson is a community, an inspiration, and an adventure – we explore the intersection of distinctive design and the unique narratives that typically follow. We hope to contribute to an unending bucket list of travel destinations, and perhaps help someone put a new pin in their own map,” he said.

Ahead of the release of Anderson’s new film “Isle of Dogs” later this month, Koval shared a selection of photos from the account with Business Insider. From palaces in Jaipur to Berlin’s “gritty” rapid transit systems and dreamy Art Deco buildings in Downtown LA, scroll down for some Wes Anderson-inspired travel inspiration – bucket lists at the ready.

*Photographers are listed by their Instagram usernames along with the year each landmark was built.


Lake Shore Place, Chicago, c. 1926 — @HasoTaso

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Instagram/@HasoTaso

Stadtbad Lichtenberg, Berlin, Germany, c. 1928 — @Berlinstagram

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Instagram/@Berlinstagram

Eastern Columbia House, Los Angeles, California, c. 1930 — @ElizabethDaniels01

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Instagram/@ElizabethDaniels01

Jane Station, Toronto, Canada, c. 1968 — @CailenSpeers

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Instagram/@CailenSpeers

New Windsor Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona, c. 1893 — @johnnyhifi

The New Windsor Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona, captured by Instagram user @johnnyhifi.

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Instagram/@johnnyhifi

Gold Crest Motel Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, c. 1967 — @TylerHaughey

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Instagram/@TylerHaughey

Grand Hotel Europa, Prague, Czech Republic, c. 1889 — @__andreaRossi__

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Instagram/@__andreaRossi__

Flam Line, Aurland, Norway, c. 1941 — @MonicaMCoyle

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Instagram/@MonicaMCoyle

Husavik Light, Husavik, Iceland, c. 1956 — @Matthijsvmierlo

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Instagram/@Matthijsvmierlo

Corfe Castle Station, Dorset, England, c. 1885 — @cat_gericke

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Instagram/@cat_gericke

Gartenstadt Falkenberg, Berlin, Germany, c. 1913 — @Ariangora

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Instagram/@Ariangora

Little Chalet Motel, Manitoba, Canada, c. 1950s — @zachdriftwood

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Instagram/@zachdriftwood

Central University Library, Bucharest, Romania, c. 1895 — @RaidenBucharest

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Instagram/@RaidenBucharest

National Tobacco Company, Napier, New Zealand, c. 1931 — @Dan_Fossy

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Instagram/@Dan_Fossy

Washington State Ferry, Southworth, Washington, c. 1951 — @kimakimberlin

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Instagram/@kimakimberlin

C14 Metro Car, Stockholm, Sweden, c. 1989 — @Teklan

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Instagram/@Teklan

Central Fire Station, Marfa, Texas, c. 1938 — @Emprestridge

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Instagram/@Emprestridge

Norourgaroi Lighthouse, Reykjavik, Iceland, c. 1945 — @WalkInMoccasins

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Instagram/@WalkInMoccasins

Bastei Building, Cologne, Germany, c. 1924 — @GeliKlein

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Instagram/@GeliKlein

Tramway Car, Lisbon, Portugal, c. 1873 — @JackSpicerAdams

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Instagram/@JackSpicerAdams

S Bahn Train, Berlin, Germany, c. 1930 — @sivad_ekim

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Instagram/@sivad_ekim

Tower Theatre, Roseville, California, c. 1940 — @BadBadisnotGoodGood

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Instagram/@BadBadisnotGoodGood

Malmo Latin School, Malmo, Sweden, c. 1878 — @MeanwhileinNowhere

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Instagram/@MeanwhileinNowhere

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, India, c. 1799 — @WinnieAriane

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Instagram/@WinnieAriane

Hotel Opera, Prague, Czech Republic, c. 1891 — @ValentinaJacks

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Instagram/@ValentinaJacks

The Princess Hotel, Pembroke, Bermuda, c. 1885 — @AlishyLishy

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Instagram/@AlishyLishy