27 Fantastic Places Taken Straight Out of Fairy Tales
There are lots of beautiful places on Earth to visit. Among the lot, there are real places that look like they have been taken out of fairy tales. Among this exclusive list of fairytale-like places are:
1. Angel Falls, Venezuela
From the tabletop mountain known as Auyantepui, the waters of Angel Falls in Venezuela plunges at a height 15 times that of the Niagara Falls. Following the scattering of a U.S. aviator’s ashes over the falls in 1960, the site was named after him, Jimmy Angel. He was the first person to fly over this beautiful falls which resembles Paradise Falls from Disney’s movie, ‘Up’.
2. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Also known as the City of Temples, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Southeast Asia is a significant religious center. It has an ancient appeal and is often regarded as a symbol of Cambodia. This place is home to centuries of historical memories as its architecture, overgrown vines, and mossy residue portrays it as ancient.
3. Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Right within the Menabe region of Madagascar is an alley filled with towering baobab trees. This dirt road regularly receives tourists who visit the area.
4. Château de Versailles, France
With a mind-staggering 2,300 number of rooms, 5,210 pieces of furniture, and 67 staircases, the Château de Versailles remains a very famous palace. This royal château takes pride in its gardens which took 40 years to complete and its hall of mirrors.
5. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Located in the northwestern part of Morocco, Chefchaouen, also known as Chaouen, was established in 1471 as a small fortress (Kasbah). Some tourists have nicknamed it “the blue pearl of Morocco” because of its blue-washed buildings and striking blue alleyways. This popular tourist town is nestled in the Rif Mountains of Morocco and has plenty to offer.
6. Chocolate Hills, The Philippines
More than 1,260 hills spread across a land mass of over 31 square miles. The hills are famous because of their cone shapes and strange geological formation. It is difficult to believe that these symmetrically shaped conical mounds cover such a vast area.
7. Dark Hedges, Ireland
The Stuart family in Ireland planted the Dark Hedges in the 18th century to impress visitors who came to their home. This road is said to be haunted by the Grey Lady and has featured in Game of Thrones. The Grey Lady is said to appear at dusk along this fantasy-like avenue of beech trees.
8. Grindelwald, Switzerland
This Swiss village is popular because of the gateway it provides to the Jungfrau region where visitors ski in winter and hike in summer. The place is charming and perfect for a postcard. It features waterfalls, paths with interpretive signage, as well as striated limestone walls.
9. Hallstatt, Austria
Located at the western shore of Lake Hallstatt is a village which is home to 16th-century Alpine houses. Renowned for its production of salt, this spectacular place inspired the Chinese to create a copy of this ancient salt mine village. You can reach Skywalk Hallstatt viewing platform through a funicular railway.
10. Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam
Another name for this place is the Descending Dragon Bay. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is popular because of its isles of various shapes and sizes, turquoise waters, and limestone karts which it features. It is a popular tourist destination located in Quảng Ninh, Vietnam.
11. Lake Reschen Bell Tower, Italy
In South Tyrol of Italy lies a famous drowned city where a 14th-century church bell tower is the only visible object found in the middle of the lake above the waterline. Legend has it that during the dead of winter, the bell can still be heard as it sounds out its knell which has long been removed. It is said that the village of Graun was flooded as three lakes were unified following the creation of a large dam.
12. Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia
The wondrous basilica church found in Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia was built between 1916 and 1949. The gorgeous structure is surrounded by a pool of green on a canyon. The image it creates is both striking and mystical.
13. Mont Saint-Michel, France
Over 3 million visitors come to this place also known as the Wonder of the West annually. Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France inspired Disney to create The Kingdom of Corona in the movie ‘Tangled’. It is a very magical place to visit.
14. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
The Neuschwanstein Castle was built in 1868 by Ludwig II of Bavaria when he sought to withdraw from public life. Visitors continuously throng this European castle since it opened to the paying public seven weeks after Ludwig II died in 1886. Its magical structure inspired Disney once again in the creation of Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland.
15. Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan
The Taktsang Palphug Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest, is renowned as a Himalayan Buddhist Sacred Site. It is uniquely located on the Cliffside of the Upper Paro Valley. Though the location might be alarming, it is worth visiting.
16. Petra, Jordan
The tourist town of Petra in Jordan was built into the mountains by the Nabataeans over 2,000 years ago. The town is also known as the Rose City following the color of the stone out of which it was carved.
17. Peyto Lake, Canada
Located in the Banff National Park of the Canadian Rockies is this glacier-fed lake. You can easily access it from the Icefields Parkway. It is named after a Banff area trail guide and trapper, Bill Peyto.
18. Reichsburg Castle, Cochem, Germany
King Konrad III occupied this castle in the year 1151. It is a visually impressive castle that represents a landmark of the city of Cochem in Germany. This castle is a nice place where history comes to life.
19. Reine, Norway
Reine is a tiny fishing village in Norway nestled in the Lofoten Islands. The beauty of this place keeps visitors constantly in awe. Enjoy yourself by driving around the islands and taking photos of scenic views as you please.
20. Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Russia
This church and museum located in Moscow used to be a church known as the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed. It is famous for its range of bright colors as well as the quirky architecture which defines it. Take time to visit this famous spot.
21. San Gimignano, Italy
This town of Fine Towers as it is also known, has a hilltop setting and is located in the province of Siena. The small-walled medieval hill town preserves dozens of tower houses and attracts lots of tourists.
22. Sintra, Portugal
What easily strikes visitors to the charming town of Sintra is its easily recognizable 19th-century romantic architecture as well its royal estates and castles. On a clear day, it is easy to see the Pena National Palace which sits on a hilltop above the city from Lisbon.
23. Skagit Valley Tulip Fields, USA
Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock this beautiful place located in Washington from April 1 to 30. The fields are home to gorgeous flowers which can be admired as you take a driving tour during the festival.
24. Taj Mahal, India
Regarded as the jewel of Muslim art, this white-marbled mausoleum of Agra in India is the inspiration behind the Sultan’s Palace in ‘Aladdin’, another work by Disney. Built between 1632 and 1653 in memory of the third wife of Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor, Taj Mahal has become a world heritage site which has drawn lots of admirers universally.
25. Tulip fields, The Netherlands
During Spring, the bright red, yellow, and pink colors of the flowering tulip bulbs are overwhelmingly beautiful to behold. It is a must-see sight in The Netherlands that starts around the middle of March and runs until the middle of May.
26. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China
This must-see destination located in the Hunan Province of China used to be considered as remote and inaccessible during the ancient times. Its mountains are unique and beautiful to behold.
27. Zhangye Danxia Landform, China
The rainbow formation of this range of mountains resembles a canvas of extraordinary colors. It results from the red sandstone and mineral deposits laid down for many centuries.