Do you think fairytales only take place in books? Nope. We went to find some of the most beautiful places in the world that look like they are straight out of a fairytale (in some cases they have even served as inspiration for some of the greatest works around.)
1. Nabana no Sato, Japan
This superb light installation is reproduced each year between October and May in the garden of Nabana no Sato in Nagoya, Japan. Throughout the winter, the botanical park shines brightly.
2. Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
This awe-inspiring avenue of beech trees is one of the most beautiful and best known in Europe. An iconic setting in the Game of Thrones series, the path is on the road to one of the world's most beautiful road trips, the Causeway Coastal Route.
3. Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal
This 19th century palace is considered one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It is 30km from Lisbon and is registered on the UNESCO list .
4. The Alhambra, Spain
Another Game of Thrones setting! The Alhambra, a true treasure of Andalusia, is a superb Moorish-style fortress with numerous courtyards and rooms decorated as incredible gardens. It is located in Granada.
5. Phraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand
The cave is located in the central province of Prachuap Khiri Khan in Thailand. The huge cave has an opening in the ceiling through which daylight enters and illuminates the cave in a mystical way. A pavilion is also erected there in honor of King Chulalongkorn.
6. Basilica of Las Lajas, Colombia
The basilica is located on the border between Ecuador and Colombia , in the canyon of the Guaitara River. It is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in South America.
7. Riisitunturi National Park, Finland
In winter, when the park is covered with snow, the trees display incredible shapes that will transport you to another world!
8. Hallstatt, Austria
The picturesque town is located in the Salzkammergut region which is on the UNESCO list. (The Chinese were so enchanted by this place they even went so far as to reproduce the small town at home!)
9. Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
The largest city in Myanmar where you can behold colonial architecture, pagodas, temples
and buzzing districts. At night, it's simply fascinating!
10. Las Pozas, Mexico
Las Pozas are surreal gardens created by the eccentric millionaire poet Edward James. You will find stairs leading to nowhere, impossible doors to open and a library without books!
11. Lake Bled, Slovenia
The iconic Lake Bled is famous for its fairytale-esque church on an island resting in the middle. The lake is one of the alpine lakes with the warmest water temperature (sometimes reaching 26 ° C!)
12. The Twisted Forest of Gryfino, Poland
The Twisted Forest was named after the deformation of its pines. One theory is that they were planted and shaped this way by men for use in sculpture or carpentry.
13. The wisteria garden of Kawachi Fuji, Japan
The Wisteria Festival celebrates wisteria and is one of the largest and most popular festivals in Japan. It takes place every year at Ashikaga Flower Park, 2 hours by train from Tokyo, when wisteria blossoms, creating a world of all colours.
14. Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia is certainly one of the most beautiful regions in the world. You will discover extraordinary landscapes to admire in particular from the sky during a balloon ride: natural caves, troglodyte villages and more.
15. Chocolate Hills, Philippines
It is a singular geological formation of more than 1200 hills . The hills take their name from the chocolate colour they wear during the dry season. The sun changes the colour of the grass into "chocolate".
16. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Chefchaouen is also called the blue city and it is not difficult to guess why!
17. Paro Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan
This Buddhist temple was erected on the cliff near the cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated. It is he who is the origin of Buddhism in Bouthan. The monastery offers breathtaking views of the surrounding valley.
18. Valley of the Moon, Chile
It is located in the Atacama Desert in Chile, yet you would be fooled to believe you had in fact landed on the moon, thanks to its atypical rock and sand formations.
19. Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona
Another of Mother Nature's mysteries! This natural reserve is made up of more than 1000 km2 of cliffs with a bright red hue and wavy shapes.
20. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
A true architectural marvel, this fairytale castle was built on a 200m high rock and served as inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle in the Disney movie with the same name.