True-To-Life Places That Look Like They’re From Fairy Tales


If you love to travel and love fairy tales in equal portions, you might want to go to these places!  But before you leave, check out these brilliant travel infographics you should know by now.

#1 Petra, Jordan

The Nabataeans built more than 2,000 years ago, the town of Petra into the mountains of Jordan.  Also known as the Rose City because of the color of the stone where it was built from, this gives us a glimpse of a magical ancient civilization.

Petra, Jordan

#2 Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

If this castle looks familiar, this is actually the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle!  Ludwig II of Bavaria built this ostentatious castle in 1868 to seek refuge, away from the public eye.  After his death in 1886, the castle was opened to the public and is one of the most frequented castles in Europe, for very obvious reasons!

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

#3 Zhangye Danxia Landform, China

These range of mountains in China was formed from red mineral sandstone and mineral deposits being on the earth for more than 24 million years.  Wow!

Zhangye Danxia Landform, China

#4 Glowworm Grotto, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Glowworm Grotto, a place in Waitomo Caves in New Zealand, is a spectacular place where glowworms create a starry scene on the walls and ceilings.  You’re sure to feel a little like inside a fairy tale here!

Glowworm Caves, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

#5 Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France

Mont Saint-Michel, also known as the “Wonder of the West” is an island commune in Normandy, France.  Attracting 3 million visitors each year, the kingdom from Disney’s Tangled was modeled after this magical tourist attraction.

Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France

#6 Colmar, France

Perhaps one of the most quaint and charming towns in France, Colmar will remind any visitor of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.  This is also home to the Animated Museum of Toys and Modeled Trains.

Colmar, France

#7 Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, called the “Cotton Castle” is a natural site located in southwestern Turkey, home to travertines (carbonate mineral terraces left by flowing water) and hot springs.  Although people can relax on the pools, the terraces are restricted for preservation purposes.

Pamukkale, Turkey

#8 The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, Moscow, Russia

This cathedral, also called Saint Basil’s Cathedral, can be found in Moscow, Russia.  Although originally a church, it is now a museum, featuring funky architecture and spectacularly bright colors.

The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, Moscow, Russia

#9 Sea of Stars, Vaadhoo Island, Maldives

You might think this is a mirror image of the stars in the night sky, but the bioluminescence in the sea is because of the phytoplankton (marine microbes).  You will definitely find the wonder in you when you see this.

Sea of Stars, Vaadhoo Island, Maldives

#10 Wisteria Tunnel, Kitakyushu, Japan

Found at the Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu, Japan, you will be breathless with these beautiful tunnel of flowers.  You should walk through this tunnel from late April to the middle of May—you’ll feel just like you’re inside a Monet painting!

Wisteria Tunnel, Kitakyushu, Japan

#11 Avenue of the Baobabs, Menabe, Madagascar

This group of tall baobab trees lines a dirt road in Menabe, Madagascar.  This is actually one of the most popular areas for tourists in the area.

Avenue of the Baobabs, Menabe, Madagascar

#12 Cave of the Crystals, Mexico

Found 980 feet below the Chihuahua Desert in Mexico, this Cave of the Crystals has the largest crystals anywhere on Earth thus far.  Unfortunately, tourists cannot just visit, since atmosphere conditions are only tolerable for just around 10 minutes, at least without the right protection and equipment.

Cave of the Crystals, Mexico

#13 Peleș Castle, Romania

Located in the Carpathian Mountains, the Peleș Castle, a neo-Renaissance castle, was built between 1873 to 1914 by the initiative of King Charles I as a summer home.

Peleș Castle, Romania

#14 Angel Falls, Venezuela

Angel Falls in Venezuela has 15 times the height of Niagara falls, streaming from the tabletop mountain, Auyantepui.  This is the inspiration of the Disney film, Up.

Angel Falls, Venezuela

#15 Palace of Versailles, France

In France, the Palace of Versailles has 2,300 rooms, 67 staircases, and 5,210 furniture pieces.  The palace, featured in a couple of films already, is popular for its hall of mirrors and gardens.  Its gardens actually took 40 years to finish!

Palace of Versailles, France