When you were little, you would hear stories about fantasy places or watch Disney movies, and they were always full of these amazing places that looked like they were full of magic.
It’s incredible that there are places here on Earth that look so beautiful and surreal that they might as well be magic. Some of them have even served as inspiration for some famous fairy-tale locations.
Looks Like The Start Of Something Beautiful
This gorgeous photo was taken on Daedunsan in South Korea after one of the first snows of the year. It looks like the perfect place for some fairies to hang out.
The Appropriately Named Fairy Tale Canyon
Fairy Tale Canyon is in Northeast Kyrgyzstan. It’s an anomaly in its surroundings because it’s unusually dry. On all sides of it, there are lush forests that dot the mountains, but it is stark, bare, and beautiful.
What’s Better Than A House With A View?
This is a monastery in Paro Valley, Bhutan called Paro Taktsang, or the Tiger’s Nest. It was first built in 1692. It was built around a cave that was said to have been meditated in for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century.
The Not-Very-Scary Witch Tree
This blossoming beauty is called the Witch Tree, and it blooms in the Netherlands. The story goes that this tree was planted on the grave of a witch instead of a cross.
This Doesn’t Even Seem Real
This stunning place is a cave in New Zeland. The beautiful blue glowing dots you see are actually glow worms that are lighting up the cave. Just because they’re bugs doesn’t make it less incredible.
A Beautiful, Tiny Village
As of 2015, the stunning Mont-Saint-Michel was home to only 50 people! It’s an island just a few hundred meters from land, accessible only during low tide to the people on the mainland.
Some Of These Trees Look Like They Have Eyes
This is the Avenue of Baobabs in Madagascar. It’s the first natural monument in the area, and with good reason. It’s one of the most visited places in Madagascar with its huge, impressive trees.
Would You Enter This Room?
This is the opening of the Khmer temple of Ta Prohm which is part of the Angkor temple in Cambodia. It was built in the 12th century as a Buddhist monastery but is slowly being taken back by nature.
Looks Like A Scene From The Nutcracker
St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most recognizable places in Moscow. Construction started in 1555. There is a rumor that Ivan the Terrible blinded the architect of the church after it was finished so that he could never build something that beautiful again.
Can You Believe Those Colors?
Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park is located in China. The colorful rocks are a unique geological phenomenon. The colors are from over 24 million years of built-up mineral deposits and oxidized sandstone being laid over top of one another.
It Looks Like A Bunch Of Clouds
Pamukkale is in Turkey. It’s also known as the Cotton Castle because of its unmistakable white visage. People have been drawn to the healing water of the springs here since antiquity.
Does This Look Familiar?
It should if you’ve seen the movie Avatar! This forest in China, called the Zhangjiajie National Forest, was the inspiration for the lush and otherworldly beauty we saw in the popular movie.
It Looks A Bit Like A Witch’s Cottage
But that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s a church in Norway called the Borgund Stave church. It was built around 1200 and remained a church until it was turned into a museum in the 1800s.
This Is The Kind Of Place A Fairy-Tale Villain Would Hide
These beautiful trees make up the Dark Hedges in Ireland. If they look like something out of a fantasy, that’s because they kind of are. The location was used to film some of Game of Thrones.
An Actual Fairy-Tale Castle
This is Schloss Neuschwanstein, which is in Bavaria, Germany. The absolutely breathtaking castle was actually the inspiration for the castle that you see at the start of all the Disney movies.
Who Else Would Never Leave This Beach?
This picture-perfect place is known as the Bedruthan Steps in Cornwall, England. It’s a beautiful view of the ocean dotted with wildflowers in the spring and soft green grass in the summer.
Light Guiding The Way
Who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned lighthouse? This is Yaquina Head Lighthouse and it’s located in Oregon. It was built in the summer of 1873, and it still operates as a lighthouse today.
Someone With Secrets Probably Lives Here
This is in the Phraya Nakhon Cave in Thailand. It’s a historical site that was built for a king in 1890 who was particularly interested in astronomy, thus the hole at the top of the cave.
What A Majestic Structure
This is the Las Lajas Sanctuary in Colombia. It was built in 1754 after a young deaf and mute girl saw a vision of the Virgin Mary on this spot during a terrible storm.
Just Small Enough For A Fairy
It would be hard not to believe in magic if you lived in a place with a view like this. The light coming in off that ocean is like something from another world.