We have all read the stories of magical places, of kings and princesses, impressive castles, dense forests, blue lakes and horses running in the fields. And what if we tell you that this is not just a fantasy and there really are towns and cities that look like they came out of fairy tales? Moments after the sky opened, we set out on a tour around Europe, discovering places where magic happens all year round and not just at Christmas festivities.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
It is probably the most famous fairytale castle in the world. Neuschwanstein in Germany, was built by the “crazy” King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who unfortunately did not get to see his castle ready. It is said that Neuschwanstein is the inspiration behind the castle of Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, and it’s not hard to see the resemblance!
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There used to be a magical island, which was only accessible during low tide. It may look like a fairytale castle, but Mont-Saint-Michel in France is completely real. This impressive rocky island, rising from the sea, holds a magnetic attraction for travelers from around the world with its dramatic structures and picturesque design.
Ronda|Photo: Sean Pavone, shutterstock
Ronda is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Spain, and is also the third most visited city in the province of Andalusia. The most famous place in Ronda is a bridge New bridge At 98 meters high and is definitely one of the leading photo spots in the area and one of the most popular Spanish landmarks.
Colmar|Photo: fokke baarssen, shutterstock
Colmar is an ideal fairytale village, nestled between vineyards and mountains. With its unique architecture, cobbled streets and colorful houses, Colmar looks like it belongs in a Disney movie. Indeed, he was the inspiration for Belle’s picturesque hometown from the movie “Beauty and the Beast.”
Hallstatt|Photo: Rasto SK, shutterstock
The tiny alpine village of Alstadt in Austria, with only 860 inhabitants, sits on the edge of a clear lake of the same name, with breathtaking mountains that provide dramatic scenery. The entire village looks like it belongs in a fairy tale, and some believe it inspired the Kingdom of Arendal in a Disney frozen film.
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Dark Hedges Avenue, Ireland
This picturesque tree-lined walkway was actually part of the scenery used to film HBO’s Game of Thrones’ hit series as the venue gained massive appeal over the years. But no need to be afraid, the Irish Forest is absolutely safe and charming – there are no dragons or white walks here.
Alcazar|צילום: Songquan Deng, shutterstock
Alcazar Castle, Spain
It is said that the Alcazar Palace in Segovia, Spain, was the inspiration for the castle of Cinderella, the eternal symbol of Disney. Unlike many other Spanish castles that simply served as forts, Alcazar de Segovia was home to the Spanish monarchy and was never defeated.
Rothenburg|Photo: Sina Ettmer Photography, shutterstock
The village Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber is better described as a postcard destination, and is among the most charming villages in Germany and of course, a magical destination. The walled city from the Middle Ages is still small and looks like a three-dimensional version of a book with real fairytale houses. Did you know that the town inspired the village of Walt Disney’s Pinocchio?
Bled|םילום: Nadezhda Kharitonova, shutterstock
Lake Bled in Slovenia is one of those places that seem to have come straight out of a book. This small Slovenian town is perfect for nature lovers, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, boating and camping nearby.
Eltz|Photo: leoks, shutterstock
Elts Castle, Germany
The castle looks like it came from one of the legends of Hans Christian Anderson, Elts Castle is located near the Rhine and the Moselle River in Germany, and is still owned by part of the family who conquered it in the 12th century.
Sozopol|Photo: Denis Martynov, shutterstock
Rabadinovo Castle, Bulgaria
The newest castle on the list, Rabadinovo Castle in Bulgaria, was built only about 20 years ago. Architect and entrepreneur George Tomplov expressed his childhood dream in a modern fairytale palace. The official name of the castle is ‘In Love with the Wind’, and it is perfect for a romantic tour.