There are so many beautiful places around the world, but these 16 fairy tale places you should visit are some of the most magical.
Fairy tale places you should visit: Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Hohenschwangau, Germany and was constructed for King Ludwig II of Bavaria. This stunning castle is said to be the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Best time to travel in this area is in summer (June – August).
Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Known by tourists as the White Castle, this contemporary Buddhist Temple is located in the Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. Ideal time to go is in the cool season which runs from December to the end of February.
Mission San Cayetano de Tumacácori, Arizona, USA
This mission is located in the Tumacacori National Historical Park. The park is located in the far-south of Arizona near the border of Mexico. Most popular time to go to the mission is from January to March.
Nasir al Molk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran
The Nasir al Molk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran is a spectacle for the senses. Every morning the temple is illuminated with every colour of the rainbow. Spring and autumn (March and September) are generally the best times to visit the country. Make sure you visit the mosque before 8am to get the most out of the gorgeous sunrise coming through the tinted glass.
Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
Located on top of Thailand’s highest peak, the Doi Inthanon National Park radiates a tranquillity that must be experienced. If travelling to the National Park, the ideal time is between November and February.
Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France
Make sure you check the tide times before you go and visit this gorgeous castle. Millions of people visit the castle every year to witness the phenomenon of the rising and lowering tides. Travel to the castle is finest in May and September.
Swallow’s Nest Castle, Yalta, Ukraine
Standing 40 metres above the black sea, Swallow’s Nest Castle is a symbol of the Crimea coastline and is one of the most popular attractions in Southern Ukraine. Best time to go to this majestic part of the world is in July.
Alcazar Castle, Segovia, Spain
Located just a little over an hour from Madrid, the Alcazar Castle is a popular sightseeing destination. This castle is beautiful to see in summer and winter so depending on your preference you can visit the site in April (summer) or October (winter).
Hirosaki Castle, Japan
Constructed in 1611 the Hirosaki Castle can be found in Hirosaki Park. The most spectacular time to visit the castle is in April and May when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.
The castle amongst the clouds. Hohenzollern Castle is located approximately 50 kilometres south of Stuttgart, Germany. Guided tours of the castle are available all year round, but remember to take your cold weather gear if you go in winter (December – February) because the castle isn’t heated.
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
Cambodia’s famous temple city was built early in the 12th century and is situated just over 5 kilometres from the town Siem Reap. Weather in Cambodia is warm to hot all year round, however if you want to be able to make the most of your trip the best time to go is November – February. At this time of the year when the days are (slightly) cooler and less rain.
Petra, Jordan is a magical place at any time of the day, but it is especially spectacular at night. At night walk along the candle light canyon passages leading towards ‘El Kazune’ and be engulfed by the tranquillity this spectacular place presents. Best times of year to go to Petra are March – May and September – November.
Hotel La Montana Magica, Huilo Chile
The Hotel La Montana Magica lies in the middle of the rainforest deep in southern Chile. This hotel only accessible by rope bridge and is hidden away in the centre of a 300,000-acre nature reserve, which is perfect for anyone trying to get away from it all. Ideal time to travel to Huilo, Chile is between October – March, when rain-fall is at its lowest.
The Château de Chillon Sorcerer’s Castle, Montreux, Switzerland
This castle has been around since the Bronze Age and is now used for tour guides, as a theatre and as an art gallery. March and September are the ideal times to travel to this destination due to the sunny weather and lack of tourists.
Hatley Castle, Victoria, Canada
The Hatley Castle in Victoria, Canada is a beautiful historic building constructed in the early 1900’s. The castle is now used for historical tours and fairy-tale weddings. Weather is best for travel in Victoria, Canada during July – September.
Lichtenstein Castle, Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany
The Lichtenstein is known to many as the ‘original Cinderella Castle’. With its high tower it resembles the fairy-tale castle that Cinderella was held captive in. The castle is owned by the Dukes of Urach and is open to visitors. One of its main attractions is its extensive collection of historic armour and weaponry. Baden – Wurttemburg, Germany is beautiful all year round, but summer is the most popular time for tourists.