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20 Fairy Tale Locations

20 Fairy Tale Locations

“Fairy stories loosen the chains of the imagination. They give you things to think with – images to think with – and the senses that all kinds of things are possible” – Philip Pullman  
Fortunately, the real world does hold a number of mysterious and spectacular sights, from the caves in Mexico, to the Chocolate Hills of the Philippines. The world is simply magnificent.  It’s brimming with dream like castles, palaces, and fortified cities that look like they jumped right out of the pages of a magical book. In fact, several of them are rumored to have inspired the castles that appear in Walt Disney’s animated films, including Château de Chambord which inspired the classic fairytale story The Beauty and The Beast.  Albeit the Castle is what most would consider nothing but beauty. The Alcazar of Segovia Castle in Spain inspired the romantic tale of Cinderella, a fairytale surrounding a beautiful princess who won the heart of her beloved prince and the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany which brought to life the dramatic tale between good and evil and the power of love Sleeping Beauty.

View these wondrous locations and let yourself be swept away by reverie. Inspiration awaits.

Where would you run away to if you could live out your Fairy Tale dreams?

20 Fairy Tale Locations -

A cherry blossom stands beside an ancient Chinese pagoda at the Yuyuan Tan Park during the start of the blossom season in Beijing in March. Thousands of Beijingers flock to parks around the city during the one-month blossom season

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20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comDunure Castle is located on the west coast of Scotland, in South Ayrshire, about 5 miles (8.0 km)south of Ayr and close to the village of Dunure. Today the castle stands in ruins on a rocky promontory on the Carrick coast, overlooking the small harbour of Dunure Dunure Castle - Scotland Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comThe Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland is a railway viaduct spanning 1,000 feet. The train track runs 100 feet above the ground. The viaduct is famous for being one of the film sets of second and third Harry Potter movies. Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comThis is an open fresh water cenote that is great for swimming and snorkeling. Divers can arrange a trip with a local dive center. Car wash also known by its Mayan name Aktun Ha, is filled with fresh water fish – cenote mollys – and vegetation. Car Wash Cenote, Mexico Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comAn incredible waterfall which makes you believe in a magical fountain of youth. Little Switzerland, Luxembourg Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comThe Kuha Karuhas pavilion in the Phraya Nakhon cave, located in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park in Parchuap Khiri Khan Province, Thailand. The cave is open, allowing light to shine through and illuminate the interior. Phraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comLocated on the rugged, beautiful Lizard Peninsula, Cadgwith is a tiny fishing village full of thatched-cottage houses. There are two small beaches nearby. Cadgwith, England Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comThe first reference of Flossenbürg’s existence was in 948. Flossenbürg belonged to the duchy of Neuburg-Sulzbach and came to the regional court of Floß in the Electorate of Bavaria in 1777. Castle Flossenburg, Bavaria, Germany Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comThis beautiful bridge spans over Latefossen Waterfall in Odda, Norway. The unique waterfall is 165 meters tall. Bridge over Latefossen Waterfall, Norway Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comBled, a Slovenian resort town in the foothills of the Julian Alps, is set along the glacial Lake Bled. On a cliff overlooking the lake is the 11th-century Bled Castle, which houses a museum, chapel and printing press. Bled, Slovenia Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comA view of the old church of Budir, a small hamlet in lava fields in the Snaefellsnes peninsula, western Iceland. The region is known for its fjords, volcanic peaks, sheer sea cliffs, sweeping golden beaches and lava flows. Budir, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comThe famous Dark Hedges avenue of trees in Antrim, Northern Ireland. This famous tunnel-liked avenue of intertwined beech trees was planted in the 18th-century. Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comPeyto Lake is a glacier-fed lake located in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake a bright, turquoise color. Peyto Lake, Canada Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comYakushima is a Japanese island eco-paradise, filled with moss-covered granite boulders, cedar forests, macaques and loggerhead turtles Yakushima, Japan Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comMont St-Michel in France was built between the 11th and 16th centuries and is known as the Wonder of the West for its towers and turrets. Just as astonishing as the architecture is the natural environment around the rocky island, which has one of the largest tides in Europe. Mont St. Michel, France Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comReichsburg Castle in Cochem, Germany is a former Imperial castle. The high towers overlook the Moselle valley and the rest of the town. Couples can even be married by the registry officer in the Chapel of the castle. Reichsburg Castle, Cochem, Germany Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comA small town overlooking the Lake Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut, in Austria, Hallstatt is spectacularly picturesque, due to its location on a narrow rocky west bank of the lake with the sheer rising mountains behind it. The town is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Hallstatt, Austria Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comView of the Sanctuary de Las Lajas in Ipiales, Colombia. The Sanctuary de Las Lajas, built in the early 20th century, is located in the canyon of the river Guaitara, 10 km from the border with Ecuador and is visited daily by hundreds of people. Sanctuary de Las Lajas in Ipiales, Colombia Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comPetra is a famous archaeological site in Jordan's southwestern desert. Dating to around 300 B.C., it was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. Accessed via a narrow canyon called Al Siq, it contains tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs, earning its nickname, the "Rose City." Perhaps its most famous structure is 45m-high Al Khazneh, a temple with an ornate, Greek-style facade, and known as The Treasury. Petra, Jordan Book The Magic 20 Fairy Tale Locations - FlightGurus.comTourists visit a large snow sculpture that is 117 meters long and 26 meters high at the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Sun Island Park in Harbin, China. Harbin Ice Sculpture Festival is one of the highlights of the tour and attracts domestic and foreign tourists. Harbin, China Book The Magic