If you love fairy tales, either actual books or at the movies, no doubt their lush and romantic settings is part of their appeal for you. While the fairy tale itself may not be real, often you can visit the setting of the story or film and get a real feeling for what the characters saw, heard, and experienced. Check out these 5 real life fairy tale destinations that make for a great vacation for anyone but especially for those who love mystery and romance.
1. Glacial Lake, Iceland
This beautiful setting was used for the movie Frozen and was also seen in the less romantic Batman Begins and Die Another Day. The serene lake is peaceful and beautiful and virtually untouched, making it a great spot for anyone that loves films or just some peace and quiet.
2. Hohensalzburg Fortress, Austria
While not technically the setting of any fairy tale, this castle was built in 1077 and easily evokes romantic images of Snow White or Sleeping Beauty. If you want to visit a truly authentic and romantic castle, this should be your first choice.
3. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
When you see this authentic castle from a distance you may assume you’re looking at an illustration in a fairy tale book and not a real building, as it’s lush and poetic and absolutely stunning. It’s said to be the actual inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, and seeing it in person is an experience every fairy tale lover should enjoy.
4. The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
Not exactly a romantic spot, The Door to Hell is a crater that consistently sputters with fire and mud and is more suited to horror stories than fairy tales. It’s still a favorite destination for those who like the darker side of such stories and for fans of the Lord of the Rings books and films as well.
5. The Crooked Forest, Poland
This strange forest is full of trees that grow at a 90-degree angle at their base, for reasons no one can seem to determine. A good fairy tale almost always includes a forest and in this one, you might evoke a sense of wonder or mystery as you marvel at the odd design. Whether because of a good witch’s spell or an evil stepmother’s curse, this forest is still a magical place that makes for a great romantic destination.