Step right into your favorite storybook place with these stunning and completely real life places across the world.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
This is what vanity project King Ludwig II used to outshine his childhood home. The results were so good that it became the inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella Castle. On the top of snow-covered mountains in the winter, we can imagine it as the perfect home for Frozen’s Queen Elsa.
Come to “Little Venice,” as it’s popularly known in the Alsace region of France. It’s a quiet village and undeniably the perfect place for a good stroll. Lining its beautiful canal which is just begging for a lazy boat ride are colorful buildings and cobblestone streets.
Rakotz Bridge, Germany
Passing under Rakotz Bridge in Kromlau, Germany, you just might feel like you’re on your way to sell your soul. Just like many other ancient bridges, it’s fitting that it’s known as “devil’s bridges.” When reflected in the water, the structure makes a perfect circle.
Italy’s Cinque Terre is made up of five picturesque villages, but Manarola is among the most dramatic. The brightly hued homes seem to be hanging precariously onto the cliffs, but they’ve managed to keep from crashing into the sea for almost 700 years. Could it be magic?
Artist William Morris deemed Bibury “the most beautiful village in England” when he visited in the 1800s, and nothing much has changed. The enchanting town still has the quaint homes and rustic charm that any fairy tale should start in. When you live in a town like this, you have no reason to be unhappy.
Multnomah Falls, United States
Envision a theatrical fairy tale fight between knights on this bridge stretching dramatically over this waterfall in the heart of the United States. Take a road trip to the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon for your own fairy tale moment.
Hohenschwangau Castle, Germany
This gorgeous German castle is the real-life version of a Polly Pocket palace. Crown Prince Maximilian—who would later become King Max II built it to replace its decaying 12th-century predecessor. King Ludwig II grew up spending time in this beautiful castle too.
In the middle of this old town sits a surprisingly new clock tower. Puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze gathered pieces from abandoned and ruined buildings from Tbilisi, Georgia, to build the higgledy-piggledy landmark. Quirky as it is, it still tells time.
Bojnice Castle, Slovakia
If we had to pick a castle for our princess dreams, this would be it. It has everything we’ve always wanted, from tall spires to a moat. We’ll stay here for our happily ever after. You could also go to this place if you want a perfect getaway.
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
This medieval city is another place which can make the perfect backdrop for a fairy tale. It’s sprinkled with charming red brick roofs, and the castle perched on a rock by the river, it’s magnificent.
The one place with bright colored magical views throughout the twists and turns of the “blue city.” Beyond its walls you’ll find epic mountains towering overhead and below, with goats grazing on its green pastures.
It’s not just about the stunning architecture of this historic neighborhood in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. The bright colors of the buildings accent its beautiful stucco work. It was the country’s capital between 1549 and 1763, when native cultures blended with European and African ones. A place credited with so much diversity.
In this port city, houses are nestled right next to the canal. It sits pretty much between Brussels and Bruges but this slice of medieval times doesn’t come with the same droves of tourists.
Château de Chenonceau, France
If you think Versailles is the extent of France’s palaces, you ain’t seen nothing yet. This gorgeous manor stretches over River Cher and has stunning gardens open to the public. You need to visit this palace soon.
The next time you plan to visit a fairy tale place, don’t miss to experience these beautiful places. And yes, these places are real.#Rewordit