Fairytale Destinations

Is it a dream or is it for real? These places will make you wonder whether you step into the land of magic and fantasy or still firmly stand on the ground. With unearthly nature, unreal landscapes or fairy tale architecture, these destinations will take you far away from your humdrum reality.

COLMAR, FRANCE

 By Fr Antunes
By Fr Antunes

Picturesque Colmar in France, considered the most beautiful city in Europe, looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale. This tiny town in Alsace is famous not only for its magically colourful old town. Colmar, situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, is called the “Capital of Alsatian Wine” – it boasts a sunny microclimate and is the second driest city in France, making it ideal for wine growing.

As if being the wine capital was not enough, Colmar, with its pretty squares, fountains and canals, is also called the “little Venice” (la Petite Venise). It is also the home town of Frédéric Bartholdi, who designed the Statue of Liberty, and the painter Martin Schongauer.

Colmar, France. By Nikkodem
Colmar, France. By Nikkodem

 FAROE ISLANDS

Faroe Islands. By webmax.it
Faroe Islands. By webax.it

The Lord of the Rings’ scenery of Faroe Islands truly makes you believe the archipelago is inhabited by hobbits and elves. Located halfway between Iceland and Norway, in the heart of the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic, the 18-island archipelago is home to beautiful dramatic landscapes of volcanic peaks and oceanic waves hitting against the rocky shoreline. The islands’ magical and mysterious scenery seems to be much closer to the fantasy world than to reality.

Saksun, Faroe Islands. By T.K.V
Saksun, Faroe Islands. By T.K.V

 

NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, GERMANY

Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, Germany in autumn. By gerdragon
Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, Germany in autumn. By gerdragon

It is not a sugary Disneyland construction, although it looks like a fairy tale palace occupied by some capricious princess. In fact, despite its magical look, the Neuschwanstein Castle is more firmly rooted in reality than one could imagine. Constructed on a rugged hill in the 19th century for Ludwig II, the castle’s fixtures were revolutionary at that time: the building had running water and toilets with automatic flushing on every floor as well as a heating system. Today, the Neuschwanstein is the main stop on the Romantic Road, the Bavarian trail of ancient towns and castles.

Dramatic look of Neuschwanstein. By Nataraj Metz
Dramatic look of Neuschwanstein. By Nataraj Metz

CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY

Capadoccia. By Emre Ersahin
Cappadocia. By Emre Ersahin

If there was a fairy tale about the enchanted land of clay, its setting would look like Cappadocia. This fabulous region located in central Turkey is famed for its pottery and unique rock formation in which the ancient people carved out their houses and churches. The region is also home to the odd-looking rock formations called “fairy chimneys” that can be found in various shapes such as cones, mushroom-like forms, columns and pointed rocks. The tradition of pottery and ceramics in Turkey is one of the world’s oldest crafts, dating back to the 8th century.

By Emre
By Emre Ersahin

 HOI AN, VIETNAM

Hoi An. By jmhullot
Hoi An. By jmhullot

Hoi An is a place that cannot be missed while in Vietnam. This colourful, magical and beautiful little town is home to more silk lanterns than people. Situated on the coast of the South China Sea, the town used to be an important port and trading centre.  Today it is a fairy tale spot visited by thousands of travellers and backpackers that cannot resist its charm. Hoi An’s fabulous atmosphere blended with captivating hospitality and fairytale architecture make the town one of the most rewarding destination in South-East Asia.

Lattern shop. By Nikkodem
Lattern shop. By Nikkodem

GREENLAND

Tasiilaq Greenland. By chrissy575
Tasiilaq Greenland. By chrissy575

Unspoiled, remote and untraveled, Greenland is a land of wilderness, unbeaten tracks, raw landscapes and jaw-dropping vistas. With virtually no trees, no roads and almost no people, the island seems to be inhabited by mythological dwarves rather than humans. Though cold and rugged, Greenland is a place of unforgettable atmosphere warmed up by the magical aurora borealis and colourfully painted houses.

winter in Greenland. By noukorama
Winter in Greenland. By noukorama

 

 VENICE, ITALY

Venice. By MorBCN
Venice. By MorBCN

Venice is hard to rival. Its admirable architecture, unique canals, the abundance of fantastic sights and extraordinary atmosphere are one of a kind. Venice seems to be imported from another dimension, t
hough the New York Times described it as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man”. Stretched across 117 small islands, Venice boasts 455 bridges, hundreds of canals where romantic gondolas wind their way through the city, and is home to the famed Carnival of Venice, Venice Biennale and the Venice Film Festival.

Venice. By MorBCN
Venice. By MorBCN

 

KATHMANDU, NEPAL

Kathmandu. Nepal. By dwrawwlinson
Kathmandu. Nepal. By dwrawwlinson

Beautiful and spiritual, Nepal‘s vibrant capital, Kathmandu, is truly a magical place. Surrounded by mighty mountains, the city is filled with enchanting atmosphere, exotic sounds, smells and fascinating temples. Although Kathmandu is the largest city in the country, it has preserved its fantasy-like charm of ancient temples, shrines and traditional architecture. Called “the Land of Gods”, Kathmandu seems to be a slightly unearthly destination.

inside Tharlam Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, Kathamndu. By Wonderlane
Inside Tharlam Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, Kathamndu. By Wonderlane

BAMBOO FOREST, JAPAN

Kyoto's Bamboo Forest. By Stuck in Customs
Kyoto’s Bamboo Forest. By Stuck in Customs

Though located in Kyoto, Japan and unrelated with the movies, the landscape of the Bamboo Forest resembles the scenery of the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or House of Flying Daggers. Is only one example of hundreds of amazing forests covering the region of South-East Asia. Bamboo plays a significant role in many Asian cultures- it is a symbol of longevity in China, a symbol of friendship in India, and in Japan many Shinto shrines are surrounded by a bamboo forest which is considered a sacred barrier against the evil.

Bamboo Forest. By ebergcanada
Bamboo Forest. By ebergcanada

SINTRA, PORTUGAL

Sintra. Palacio de. By szeke
Palacio de Sintra. By szeke

No wonder Sintra inspired Lord Byron to write Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage that celebrates the beauty of the town. Anyone visiting this magical spot, located not far from Lisbon, could feel encouraged to create a sublime poem in honour of Sintra’s graces. Pena Palace, the Castelo dos Mouros, and Palácio Nacional de Sintra are the town’s three amazing palaces, and the Sintra Mountain Range, one of the largest parks in the Lisbon area, only adds more charm and enigma.

Castelo dos Mouros (Mourish Castle), Sintra. By WaveCult
Castelo dos Mouros (Mourish Castle), Sintra. By WaveCult

 

And the best thing about those places, notwithstanding their magical qualities, is that they’re all as real as it gets. Accessible, safe and inviting, they’re just waiting for you to pack your bags and reach for that bit of fantasy on Earth. Been there? Seen that? Please tell as a story…



Comments

  1. Jo he visitat el castell NEUSCHWANSTEIN. Ja fa uns quants anys, però la visió d’aquest paisatge no s’oblida. La nostra visita també va ser a la tardor, finals d’octubre, amb una temperatura molt agradable i un dia meravellós.

  2. artist. Invariably someone will make a decoaratiln of the person’s demise, whether or not that is the case There are about a dozen comics in my Following list which have not updated in many moons. One of them even said See you next year! back in August (and has not yet resumed updates ) A few of them, though, have lost their sites (there are Registrar placeholder sites currently showing) and a couple of let their domain registrations lapse. While I do tend to worry any time an artist misses their expected next posting date by more than a week, and have occasionally contacted an artist with an Are you okay? e-mail, it’s the ones that languish long enough to vanish that actually leave me truly wondering if the person has met an untimely end.(Of course, then there are the ones that are deliberately taken down by the creators. A falling out with a host, for example, or a I’m starting over, and I’m wiping out the old version so that only the new version is there. , or in one case, a I got a publishing deal, but I have to take the comic offline or they’ll back out. )

  3. Went to the bamboo forest in Kyoto this summer, and it’s even more magical in person! Can’t wait to check some of these other places off on my bucket list…thanks!

  4. This is the best post ever!!! I’ve been to a few of these places and they were truly magical. I could do a RTW trip just based on this list and love it. Thanks for creating it.

  5. Aquest article és digne de marcar en la meva opinió. Val la pena estalviar per a futures referències. És una lectura fascinant, amb molts punts vàlids per a la contemplació. He de coincidir en gairebé tots els punts fets en aquest article.

  6. Uhh…you do realize “Clay” that when talking about dwarfs in Greenland they are referring to mythical dwarfs like in the Lord of the Rings, with the beards and everything. Not humans with dwarfism!

  7. to Traveller and tnguyen:
    We don’t have any ritual like that…
    It’s true that we are know for killing whales, but we don’t hunt the wales. We simply wait for the whale to swim close to the islands, and then we make them swim on to land. I’ve been living here for 11 years, and i have only seen 5 or 6 whale killings. We eat whales, and i don’t see the problem.

  8. Does everyone really believe all of the stuff that’s on the internet about animal slaughter and PETA? Lady from Faroe who posted about the whale killing being humane is probably right because she actually has witnessed it. As for the caged pigs during pregnancy it is so they don’t lay on their piglets and kill them. Don’t believe everything PETA says because a lot of the time there is context and reasons for why people do what they do.

  9. The most fairy-tale like place I have ever been was this little town in the Czech republic called Cesky Krumlov…we just couldn’t believe it was a real place. Beautiful.

  10. hahahahahahaah, this is so hilarious!!
    Every year Americans kill thousands of turkeys on Thanksgiving. And who gives a shit about that!?
    God has made the human. The human is God’s greatest creature! The animals are our food!

  11. I lived in Venice for 20 years. It is not magical, it is a real city with a lot of problems that are not faced due to the fact that people have un-realistic views of it. Stop idealising it. It is impossible to live in Venice because people forget it is a real city with needs not just another Disneyland.
    @ Caro: it isn’t just the tourists that are disrespectful; so are the locals and the students. We need tourism to survive but not in masses like we get it now.

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