Fairy tale destinations own its name for a reason. Unique, unusual, amazing – these locations make you wonder at every step you make around them.Visiting these real-world places is like jumping into the pages of a story book, where castles sit on clouds and forests are carpeted with flowers. Check out these pictures and start planning your next vacation!
Greenland, an autonomous nation within the Kingdom of Denmark, can truly be said to be a world apart.Icebergs and glaciers are probably the most famous features of the environment. Colossal fantastic shapes of blue and white float on a sea of deepest azure. The inland ice, kilometers thick, appears static, but cracks and creaks as it shifts and expands.
Less than an hour’s drive from Luxembourg City you will find the fairy-tale-like town of Vianden. This charming village features winding cobblestone streets leading up a hill to the impressive Vianden Castle overlooking the valley and River Our below. In summer, the cafes next to the river are a lovely spot to relax, and the entrance fee for the castle is well worth it purely for the stunning views from the battlements.
Bojnice Castle: Bojnice, Slovakia
Originally built as a wooden fort in the 12th century, Bojnice Castle has since become one of the most beautiful castles in central Europe—and one of the most visited sites in Slovakia. With its steep, turquoise roofs and stalactite cave hidden underground, one almost expects to see storybook characters tucked amongst the tourists.
Rakotzbrücke (Rakotz Bridge): Kromlau, Germany
Rakotzbrücke, also called the Devil’s Bridge, looks like something that belongs in a fairytale.This unique looking bridge is tucked away in a small park in Saxony, Germany. Getting here can be a challenge, since Rakotzbrücke is not located near any major city. However, if you combine a trip here with other nearby destinations, you can turn this visit into a wonderful day trip.
Noyers-sur-Serein is a quaint medieval village on the banks of the River Serein in the Burgundy region of France. It is listed as a ‘most beautiful village of France’, because it is. In Noyers-sur-Serein there is a lovely 15th-century medieval centre, half-timbered old houses and a small farmer’s market on every Wednesday. The village has 19 of the original 23 fortified gates, and meandering cobble stoned streets with window boxes cascading with brightly coloured flowers.
Bamboo forest, Kyoto, Japan
The plant is so popular in Asia, that it even has many symbolical meanings. In China it stands for longevity, in India – for friendship. And in Japan it is believed that bamboos save against evil. Therefore, many forests and hiking tracks are found there.
A historic town in Portugal, posited not far from capital Lisbon. Lord Byron was inspired to write Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage after visiting the city. The 19th-century’s Romantic architecture and beautiful nature makes Sintra a beautiful destination. Pena Palace attracts visitors as it is a real treat for your eyes. The place is preserved by UNESCO.
Tunnel of Love: Klevan, Ukraine
Ukraine’s “Tunnel of Love” puts all theme park rides to shame, with vibrant green leaves covering every surface.The name was given by local people because it looks like a fairytale track. It is not everyday you get in the train and find yourself surrounded by natural green arches.
In the North-East of the Netherlands about 120 km from Amsterdam is the beautiful water village of Giethoorn. Often called “The Little Venice of the North” it’s covered with over 90 km of canals and canoe trails. There are almost no roads, which gives the village a calm and peaceful atmosphere that is almost unknown in today’s modern world. The most important thing to do in Giethoorn is to rent a boat and explore this stunning village at a nice leisurely pace. If you are feeling a little more energetic you can even rent an inflatable ball and literally walk your way around the village’s waterway’s. The best time to visit is in the Spring, when the flowers across the village start blooming and cover the village in colour.
Cappadocia, Central Anatolia, Turkey
It is considered to be a natural wonder, as well as a historic and cultural place. It is famous for the hoodoos – the fairy chimneys that have formed from the rocks. Moreover, the houses are carved in these hoodoos. The oldest carvings have been made in the 8th century.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a beautiful waterfall along the southern coast. It cascades over steep cliffs, which makes it possible for people to walk behind the waterfall, offer a spectacular view of the waterfall itself and the surroundings.Those visiting in the summer should witness the many different wildflowers that seem to bloom and thrive around the waterfall, possibly because of the mist it gives off. This is also an ideal place for those who want, or have time for, a more leisurely visit.
Batu Caves, Malaysia
The Batu Caves are a series of chambers beneath limestone hills and date back to as many as 400 million years ago. At the base of the caves lies a giant 140-foot golden statue of Lord Murugan, the Hindu god of war, victory, wisdom, and love. Visitors reach the caves by stairs, a total of 272 steps, and enter an area filled with Hindu shrines where worshippers pay their respects.
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.
Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island, Maldives
What appears as a mirror image of the stars above, the bioluminescence in the water is actually due to marine microbes called phytoplankton. The effect it has on the shore is absolutely breathtaking and it encapsulates everything you’d imagine to be in a fairy tale. You can also experience this magical effect in Vieques.
Palace of Versailles, France
This royal château in France has a whopping 2,300 rooms, 67 staircases, and 5,210 pieces of furniture. The palace is famous for its hall of mirrors and the gardens, the latter of which took 40 years to complete.