The world we live in is full of beauty, from natural landscapes to modern cities. However, an all-time favorite are those quaint locations that make you feel as though you’ve been transferred to a parallel world and into your favourite childhood fairytales. We’ve handpicked a list of our personal favourites to give you ideas for your next vacations! In no particular order, here is our list:
Built during the 13th century, this alluring castle was constructed atop a hill, not for defense purposes, but for a romantic setting. Neuschwanstein Castle served as the inspiration for the famous fairytale, the Sleeping Beauty.
Located three hours away from the Bohemian capital, Prague, Cesky Krumlov is a true eye-candy with its narrow streets, its quaint buildings and its ravishing castle. Divided in two by the Vtlava River, this picturesque town is the host to annual medieval festivals for those lucky enough to be around the area during the season.
It doesn’t get more romantic than Bled Castle. Located on a hill overlooking the lush Bled Lake and Bled Island with its striking architecture just an hour drive away from Slovenia’s capital.
You wouldn’t expect to find a medieval-looking town in Mexico, would you? Well, there is and it’s called Peña de Bernal. This colorful town is a favorite among Mexicans for weekend trips as well as weddings. The background of the village is the third largest monolith in the world, creating truly unique scenery.
The Dark Hedges is an idyllic and mystic-looking is a road located in Northern Ireland that leads to a mansion. Decorated by twisted beech trees that intertwine to form an arch and add up to the eerie feeling. Fun fact: It was used as a filming location for a Game of Thrones Episode.
Follow the steps of Gandalf the Grey by coming to the filming location of the movie itself in New Zealand. While “OZ” is famous for its breath-taking natural landscapes, Hobbiton is a place you won’t want to miss during your visit (or perhaps it might be the main reason you decided to book that flight!)
A village in Germany famous for its intact medieval architecture and its surrounding walls that make its visitors feel as though they’ve travelled back in time. Even though the main castle was destroyed by a shattering earthquake, its gardens still remain and are open for you to visit.
Better known as The Tiger’s Nest, this Buddhist sacred temple located in the Himalayas in Bhutan is full of history and legends. Today, it acts as a monastery open to visitors. During spring, an annual festival is held in the valley to honor Guru Rinpoche, who is said to have meditated for three years straight inside the temple.
Bran Castle is located in Romania and is better known as Dracula’s Castle, even though there is no proof that Dracula’s author ever even knew of the existence of this place. Still, the castle is full of history as it was used for many different purposes including the setting of a hospital during World War II. Today, it is a museum showcasing top-notch furniture and art collections.
Have you visited any of these sites? Is there a place you think should be included on the list? Leave us your thoughts on the comment section below!
Updated: April 30, 2015