When we were children, fairy tales convinced us that there are a lot of magical places on Earth. I’m not talking about places made of candies or clouds. I’m talking about places where princesses and knights were falling in love and bad witches or bad kings were trying to destroy the world. All those fairy tales were so enchanting, but the most magical of all, was our heart which was refusing to deny their existence.
But then, we grew up! And, as adults now, we stopped dreaming all those magical places and we believed that they didn’t exist and, if they did, they probably got lost… like our crazy and “foolish” dreams and thoughts of our childhood. But all those dreams never disappeared and whatever existed in our imagination, also exist in real life! Because fairy tales can come true and children literature never lied to us! You don’t believe me?
Here are 5 Fairy Tale Destinations to visit in Europe:
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.
The “Little Venice” is the name given to the course of the river Launch in Colmar.
The Fishmonger’s District (Fishing Quay), is the place where most of the professional fishermen and boatmen of Colmar lived.
Photography © Svein-Magne Tunli
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.
Venice is overwhelmed by tourists all year around since it is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world. Due to the fact that it is surrounded by a lagoon and is sited on small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges there are some major differences to a typical city.
It is the most romantic place in the whole world, so pretty, so glorious, so fairy tale-like! Venice is best known for its spectacular and elegant Carnival. Wherever you look around you will see masks and carnival costumes! They are so impressive and travel you in the past!
The Cotswolds is a spectacular area of south central England that is comprised of many little towns and villages that have green rolling hills and little cottages made of Cotswold stone. It is a popular destination for anyone who is traveling through England, or for someone who maybe wants to take a day trip from London to see the countryside.
The Cotswolds is a quite preposterously pretty part of the world at any time of year. There’s an extraordinary number of smart country-house hotels; and the country pubs are the kind you dream of stumbling across, and plenty of them, serving hearty local fare and artisan ale by roaring fires.
Stretching across the counties of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire and Somerset, the Cotswolds is fairly heaving with A-listers with country retreats – though don’t assume you will see any of them – there is plenty of space to hide between the rolling hills and creamy-stone villages full of fabulous antiques stores and cheese shops.
With pastel-colored houses that cast shimmering reflections onto the glassy waters of the lake and with towering mountains on all sides, Hallstatt’s beauty alone would be enough to guarantee it fame. Boats chug tranquilly across the lake from the train station to the village, situated precariously on a narrow stretch of land between mountain and shore.
This gorgeous little town in Austria boasts one of the most spectacular waterfronts you could ever wish for. Can you just imagine looking out your window to see those beautiful waters alongside the rolling mountains and lush hills. It’s pure magic!
Annecy is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy (Lac d’Annecy), 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of Geneva.
Dubbed the “Venice of the Alps”, the winding cobblestone streets lined by pastel-colored houses and bright flower boxes will make you fall in love with this small French town. Considered one of France’s most picturesque villages, the lakefront locale of Annecy doesn’t disappoint. With romantic canals and mountain views to boot, the alpine city paints a pretty picture.