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Top Fairy Tale Places You Must See

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Fairy tale destinations own its name for a reason. Unique, unusual, amazing – these locations make you wonder at every step you make around them. Check out these pictures and start planning your next vacation!

1. Venice, Italy

This is a place that you must visit. The gorgeous city in Italy is sinking. Therefore, you should see it before it is too late. Small islands are linked by bridges and the canals stand as streets, gondolas are used instead of the cars. The Renaissance city is one of the main cultural centers in Europe. Saint Mark’s Basilica is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Italy.

1. Venice, Italy - Top Fairy Tale Places You Must See

2. Cappadocia, Central Anatolia, Turkey

It is considered to be a natural wonder, as well as a historic and cultural place. It is famous for the hoodoos – the fairy chimneys that have formed from the rocks. Moreover, the houses are carved in these hoodoos. The oldest carvings have been made in the 8th century.

2. Cappadocia, Central Anatolia, Turkey - Top Fairy Tale Places You Must See

3. Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Primarily a fortress built in 889, a palace was added in 1333 by the Sultan of Granada. The complex is a stunning example of Islamic architecture, which is surrounded with the beautiful gardens, fountains and pools. The castle has inspired many writers, composers and filmmakers.

3. Alhambra, Granada, Spain - Top Fairy Tale Places You Must See

4. The Faroe Islands

It is an archipelago – the chain of islands. It is under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark. The group of islands are famous for fantastic landscapes: the Nordic climate, foggy weather and spectacular volcanic rocks with steep peaks, creating mysterious atmosphere. The kind of place, where Scandinavian trolls and elves are found.

4. The Faroe Islands - Top Fairy Tale Places You Must See

5. Colmar, France

It is sometimes referred to as a fairy tail town. The little city is located in north eastern France. With its population of only 65 thousand, it emits tranquility and peace. It is a home for famous painter Martin Schongauer, sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi (known for the Statue of Liberty), as well as Alsatian wine. The place is definitely a treat for the eyes.

5. Colmar, France - Top Fairy Tale Places You Must See

6. Sintra, Portugal

A historic town in Portugal, posited not far from capital Lisbon. Lord Byron was inspired to write Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage after visiting the city. The 19th-century’s Romantic architecture and beautiful nature makes Sintra a beautiful destination. Pena Palace attracts visitors as it is a real treat for your eyes. The place is preserved by UNESCO.

6. Sintra, Portugal - Top Fairy Tale Places You Must See

7. Kathmandu, Nepal

The capital is surrounded by Himalaya mountains, that contribute to the overall atmosphere. The city is full of ancient temples and plays an important spiritual role. The archeologists have found evidence of ancient civilization, which is dated 185 A.D. Kathmandu is one of the most interesting cities in the region.

7. Kathmandu, Nepal - Top Fairy Tale Places You Must See

8. Bamboo forest, Kyoto, Japan

The plant is so popular in Asia, that it even has many symbolical meanings. In China it stands for longevity, in India – for friendship. And in Japan it is believed that bamboos save against evil. Therefore, many forests and hiking tracks are found there.

8. Bamboo forest, Kyoto, Japan - Top Fairy Tale Places You Must See

9. Greenland

A beautiful island, considered to be the biggest island in the world. The place is cold and icy all around the year. However, its landscapes are fantastic, complemented with pretty colorful houses. The place vibrates solemn silence.

9. Greenland - Top Fairy Tale Places You Must See

10. Hoi An, Vietnam

Located on the coast of the South China Sea. UNESCO approved it as a World Heritage Site. It is an important historical place, representing a South-East Asian culture of 15th to the 19th century. Sites like Elephant bridge are very well preserved. White sandy beaches and warm climate attract tourists. Hoi An is also famous for producing silky lanterns.

10. Hoi An, Vietnam - Top Fairy Tale Places You Must See

From majestic waterfalls, lost cities, to mysterious landmarks and natural wonders, here are the 20 fairy tale destinations you should visit. We make a choice for wildlife lovers, adventure seekers and those seeking just a respite from their busy schedules.

Photography:

Frantisek Staud, Dleiva, Thanh Ha Bui, Firat Kuran, Seongmin Jo, Cagdas Kara, Hans Juul Hansen, Alessandro Quaia, Ole Olsvig, Thomas Muller, John H. Postik, Romain Matteï Photography, Scilla Zelko, Dhilung Kirat, Viktor Korostynski, Pieter Arnolli, Elia Locardi

Source: Places To See In Your Lifetime

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