Visiting these real-world places is like jumping into the pages of a story book. From medieval castles, whimsical forests to picturesque villages and lanterns that light up the sky. Discover 15 places that are straight out of fairy tales!
When I think of small, charming villages, there is one that always comes to mind: Colmar. Its old town has cobblestone streets lined with half-timbered medieval and early Renaissance buildings.
Ashikaga Flower Park, Ashikaga, Japan
Ashikaga’s wisteria trees bloom brilliantly for a few weeks every spring, turning the park into a vision of pastel pinks and purples. Visiting Japan during cherry blossom season would surely be a dream.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
The best time to visit Rothenburg? Any time. Although I have a soft spot for it during winter when it comes alive for its Christmas markets. It is a well-preserved medieval town and you’ll find it on the German Fairy Tale Route.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
As the castle used in Cinderella, it would be impossible to write this list without mentioning the awe-inspiring 19th century Neuschwanstein castle. If you have the chance to visit, you absolutely must! Quite possibly the most beautiful castle in the world.
Hot air ballooning over Cappadocia in the early hours of the morning is right at the top of my bucket list. It’s as if it was plucked from a whimsical fairytale and set down upon the stark Anatolian plains.
Rakotz Bridge, Kromlau, Germany
Nestled among the verdant foliage in Kromlau, Germany’s Kromlauer Park, is a delicately arched devil’s bridge known as the Rakotzbrücke which was specifically built to create a circle when it is reflected in the waters beneath it.
Greenland might not come to mind when you think of fairy tale destinations, but I can assure you it is nothing less of magical! The waterfront is dotted with brightly coloured houses against the gorgeous backdrop of Sermitsiaq mountain. Its large fjord system is also known for it’s waterfalls, humpback whales and icebergs.
Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, China
The Reed Flute Cave is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years (and you can probably see why).
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock. Stepping into this city is like stepping into a storybook.
Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine
Located near the town of Kleven, this luscious green train tunnel is a popular spot for lovers’ promises. How beautiful!
Hallstatt is truly one of the most picturesque villages in the world. It is such an unbelievably spectacular place that even the Chinese have created a copy of the ancient salt mine village (but of course nothing compares to the original).
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Every year Chiang Mai people release thousand of lighted lanterns in the sky while making a wish. It’s known as Yi Peng or Festival of the lights. However, it is not just this festival that makes Chiang Mai a fairy tale, it’s also the city itself.
Bled Castle, Lake Bled, Slovenia
Perched atop a steep cliff more than 100m above the lake, Bled Castle is how most people imagine a medieval fortress to be. The town features a little white church on an island in the center of an emerald green mountain lake.
St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia
Located next to the Kremlin in Moscow, St Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most recognisable symbols of Russia. According to legend, the builder of this cathedral was blinded so that such a beautiful structure could never be built again. The cathedral is vividly colorful and contains redbrick towers that add to its beauty.
Hallerbos Forest, Halle, Belgium
Believe it or not, the mystical and fairy tale-like forest portrayed in these beautiful photos actually exists. Visit this Belgian forest at just the right time in the spring, and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a dream. Visitors can stroll the winding paths, and watch for rabbits and deer that wander through the green and azure woods.