Jump right into your favorite storybook as you visit these amazing locations around the world.
It’s easy to see why this French city is referred to as ‘Little Venice’. Along the canal – a real invitation to take a boat trip – there are pretty colorful buildings and streets made of cobblestones. Feel free to wander the streets thinking of Belle crossing her “village” in Beauty and the Beast.
When he visited it in the 1880s, artist William Morris called Bibury the “prettiest village in England”. Nothing has really changed since. This enchanting little town is full of quaint homes and has so much rustic charm that you could easily imagine a fairy tale beginning here.
Hohenschwangau Castle, Germany
This magnificent castle seems to come straight out of the world of Polly Pocket, this range of small plastic dolls and accessories from the 1980s intended for children. It was built by Crown Prince Maximilian II of Bavaria to replace that of his predecessor, which dated from the 12th century and was falling into disrepair. King Ludwig II, who grew up there and spent part of his life there, always dreamed of building an even more beautiful castle when he was older.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
This delirious castle was built by Louis II to surpass the one he grew up in. The result is so spectacular that Neuschwanstein Castle inspired Disney’s Cinderella Castle. Seen from the snow-capped peaks that surround it, you can perfectly imagine the home of Queen Elsa of Arendelle, also known as the Snow Queen.
Of the five superb villages that make up the Cinque Terre, in Italy, Manarola is one of the most spectacular. The brightly colored houses seem to hang precariously on the cliffs, but they haven’t moved for almost 700 years. Could there be some magic in there?
The Rakotz Bridge, Germany
Going under the Rakotz Bridge in Kromlau, Germany can feel like you’re on your way to selling your soul. It must be said that this bridge, like many other old bridges, is also called “Devil’s Bridge”. When you look at its reflection in the water from a distance, you can see an almost perfect circle.
Right in the middle of the old town of Tbilisi stands a completely surprising new Clock Tower. Puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze has recovered a pile of pieces from ruined houses in Tbilisi, which he has assembled into a strange jumble. And as eccentric as it may seem, it gives the right time!
Bojnice Castle, Slovakia
If we had to choose a castle where to live out our princess dreams, this would be it. This medieval residence has all the characteristics of a dream castle, from the towers to the moats. Could we please live there until the end of time?
Multnomah Falls, USA
Imagine a fairy tale fight between two knights who would face each other on the spectacular bridge that spans these falls. Magical! And it stays on the mainland. You can start this magical journey by driving through the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
With its red-tiled roofs, this small medieval town in South Bohemia is the perfect place to live a fairy tale. There is even a castle perched on the rock overlooking the river.
Chateau de Chenonceaux, France
If you think Versailles is the cream of French castles, you’re on the wrong track. This magnificent palace built on the banks of the Cher has sumptuous gardens open to the public. The women who lived there marked it so much that it was nicknamed “Le château des Dames”.
Don’t believe that these bright colors only represent a small part of this city, because as you walk through the streets and alleys, you will discover everywhere the same magic of this city that has been called “the blue city”. Beyond its walls you will discover mountains that stretch as far as the eye can see with herds of goats grazing the green pastures.
This historic town near Salvador de Bahia is an architectural gem with these houses of all colors. Pelourinho was the capital of Brazil between 1549 and 1763, when indigenous cultures mixed with cultures from Europe and black Africa.
In this port city, the houses are concentrated on the banks of the canal. Ghent is right between Brussels and Bruges, but does not attract the same hordes of tourists. An excellent reason to go there!