Fairytale Destinations

It’s rainy day and little bears dream of being at one of these beautiful destinations in lands far, far away…

The eight centuries worth of architecture in Colmar’s Old Town, France to capture their imagination…

Colmar, France
Colmar, France

The five centuries of history in France’s incredibly grand Château de Chenonceau tickle their interest. Built in the 1500s, this sweeping estate is still surrounded by moats…

Château de Chenonceau,  Loire Valley, France
Château de Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France

Rapunzel’s magical castle was based on the medieval Mont Saint-Michel in France.

Mont Saint-Michel, France
Mont Saint-Michel, France

They are enchanted by the Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany, commissioned by King Ludwig II, der Märchenkönig (the Fairy Tale King). The castle was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle…

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

…and by The Magic Mountain Lodge in Patagonia, Chile, covered by an emerald living wall and only accessible by a rickety rope bridge…

The Magic Mountain Lodge in Patagonia, Chile
The Magic Mountain Lodge in Patagonia, Chile

A delightful stroll through the Wisteria Tunnel in Japan sounds wonderful… Now there’s a reason to go back to Japan…

Wisteria Tunnel, Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan
Wisteria Tunnel, Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan

And another one, a walk in the Ashikaga Flower Park in the Tochigi Prefecture in Japan.

Ashikaga Flower Park
Ashikaga Flower Park

Viewing the ‘fairy chimney’ formations in Cappadocia, Turkey from a hot-air balloon…

Fairytale Destinations

Meeting fairies at Romania’s Ochiul Beiului, the sapphire-coloured lake, sounds like a magical experience…

Ochiul Beiului
Ochiul Beiului, Caras-Severin

As does seeing the Northern Lights in Lapland, Finland, a wonderland where you can also experience white winters on a reindeer safari…

Northern Lights, Finland
Northern Lights, Finland

The Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island is nature at its best, and consists of dinoflagellates, a species of plankton, emitting a light as their cell membranes respond to electrical signals and glow. Scientific magic!

The Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island, Maldives
The Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island, Maldives

Saint Basil’s Cathedral is one of Moscow’s most famous tourist attractions, and its surreal appearance makes it look like it’s been plucked out of a place far, far away…

St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

As does the town of Český Krumlov with its quaint, cobbled streets, picturesque Renaissance architecture and the famous 13th century castle…

Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

Another picturesque location, this time of river and mountain views, is Halstatt, perched on the shore of Austria’s Hallstätter See…

Hallstatt, Austria
Hallstatt, Austria

Ukraine’s Swallow’s Nest Castle is a dramatic sight: a castle perched atop a cliff with sweeping sea views…

Swallow's Nest Castle, Ukraine
Swallow’s Nest Castle, Ukraine

As is Las Lajas Sanctuary, a Gothic revival church in western Colombia…

Las Lajas Sanctuary
Las Lajas Sanctuary

It’s unlikely they’ll wake up before the sun rises to see the 18th century Dark Hedges corridor in its mysterious, foggy glory… But it looks pretty good during the day too!

The Dark Hedges, Ireland
The Dark Hedges, Ireland

The legend of the ancient city of Fenghuang, in Hunan Province, China, and the beauty of the place means Fenghuang is definitely the stuff of fairy tales. The city gets its name from the legend that two phoenix birds (Feng Huang is Chinese for ‘phoenix’) flew over the town and thought it so beautiful that they simply hovered over it, reluctant to leave.

Fenghuang, Hunan Province in China
Fenghuang, Hunan Province in China

Magic is definitely involved in transforming the crystal clear water of Fairy Pools into a bright shade of turquoise by mineral deposits in the rocks!

Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye in Scotland
Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye in Scotland

Once upon a time in a land far, far away – at the end of the world – there was a tiny village called Gásadalur. Located in the 18-island archipelago of the Faroe Islands, halfway between Iceland and Norway, this village couldn’t be in a more surreal, fairy tale worthy landscape.

Gásadalur Village on Faroe Islands
Gásadalur Village on Faroe Islands

In a land far closer to home, just 20 minutes out of Adelaide, Thorngrove Manor is a luxurious baroque property with medieval towers and magnificent views…

Thorngrove Manor, 2 Glenside Lane, Stirling, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Thorngrove Manor, 2 Glenside Lane, Stirling, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Check out the Kings Chambers suite, price on application… Alternatively, you can have afternoon tea for two served in the Kings Chamber for the bargain price of $499…

Thorngrove Manor, Kings Chambers
Thorngrove Manor, Kings Chambers
Thorngrove Manor, Kings Chambers
Thorngrove Manor, Kings Chambers

Cappadocia tick, 20 fairytale adventures to come…

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