Guest Post by Carmela Rodriguez with Alltherooms.com*
From romantic castles to picturesque towns and peaceful forests, there are some places in the world that are truly magical and enchanting. Travel company AllTheRooms has rounded up the seven best fairytale destinations in the world:
1. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
If you’ve ever seen Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, a trip to Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany will be like stepping into the movie. It’s a large white castle that sits on top of a hill surrounded by green forest in the heart of Bavaria. The castle, which dates to the 19th century, was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a homage to the medieval era. Today, it is one of the most visited castles in the world as it looks like a picture-perfect fairytale castle. The castle has been featured in several movies, such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Great Escape. It also served as inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.
2. Bamboo Forest, Japan
The bamboo forests of Kyoto, Japan, are arguably one of the most serene and peaceful places in the world. The forests are filled with rows upon rows of green shoots that soar to the sky and move gently with the wind. In Kyoto you can hike through miles of bamboo forest and along the way you’ll see temples and quaint houses nestled into the forest. For many in Asia, the bamboo plant has a symbolic meaning, as it wards off evil.
3. Sintra, Portugal
Sintra, Portugal is a historic town filled with stunning romantic-era architecture, pastel-colored villas and the grand Pena Palace, which sometimes sits above the clouds (weather depending). Pena Palace is known for its elaborate tile work and colored torrents. From the palace, you can see sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and forests. It’s an easy day-trip from Lisbon.
4. Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled in Bled, Slovenia, is a fairytale-like lake with an island that sits in it's center. There are several buildings on the island, including a pilgrimage church that was built in the 17th century. If you’re observing the lake from afar, you can see the peaks of the alps in the background. The scenery is at its most dramatic in the winter, when the forests and mountains surrounding the lake are white with snow. In the spring and summer, the lake is an emerald color, and is equally beautiful.
5. Colmar, France
Colmar in northern France is often described as one of the most beautiful towns in the world. It’s an enchanting town filled with cobblestone streets and colorful timber-framed houses that look like something out of Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. It’s the perfect place to take a lazy afternoon stroll, where you walk beside the canal and observe the fine Alsatian architecture along the way.
6. Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
It’s hard to believe that the twinkling lights in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in Waitomo, New Zealand, are caused by mother nature. The caves feature a jaw-dropping display of lights that are created by glowworms, which are tiny insects that are the same size as flies. Entering the caves is a surreal experience that many liken to floating amongst the stars, as the dark grottos are filled with twinkling lights that have a blue hue. You can visit the caves on a boat tour and find out more about the history of the caves.
7. Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia in Turkey is known as a natural wonder of the world thanks to its famous hoodoo chimneys, which are fairytale-like towering structures of naturally formed rocks. The land has been used as a place to live for centuries as the soft-rock of the natural structures makes it a good place to build. Today, you can see ancient houses and religious structures that were carved into the hoodoos, with some of the structures dating as far back at the 8th century. Most people come to Cappadocia to hike and explore the hoodoos or, if they have the cash,to ride hot air balloons above the natural spectacle.
About the Author:
Carmela Rodriguez is a Journalist from London. She quit the rainy UK and moved to sunny Medellin, Colombia, where she is a Content Writer for Alltherooms.com. Her favorite travel adventures have been staying at a hostel in the middle of the Caribbean sea, and riding a motorbike in Vietnam
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