Who doesn’t love a fairy tale movie? Imagine how it would be if those dark forests, marvelous castles, and small and warm villages were no longer a fantasy? We list below 6 places that are so beautiful that they have inspired fairy tale movies. Our world is filled with beautiful places that have inspired the greatest of authors and directors to build one of the most known fairy tales with them as the backdrop. Some places might even turn to be identical replicas of many castles that are depicted in the movies, read ahead and find out.
The iconic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast falling in love is inspired mostly from French villages however it has the most striking similarities with Alsace in France. The French region of Alsace is famous across the globe for its scenic and charming villages, wave-like countryside, and hidden gems. Villages like Colmar and Eguisheim were set as examples to help portray Belle’s town in the fairy tale. So, probably Belles’s small provincial town is not just a fantasy. In Colmar, you can even spot an exactly similar fountain where Belle can be seen singing in the film.
NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, GERMANY
Neuschwanstein castle is the closest depiction of a fairy tale in the real world and if you are wondering where have you seen it before, the answer is – Cinderella. Cinderella’s castle that features in Disney World was built by Herbert Ryman. Herbert’s main inspiration behind the design of the castle comes from Neuschwanstein castle in Germany. Cinderella’s Prince’s castle is an identical replica of the German castle in many ways. The castle was constructed by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and Cinderella’s Prince’s castle is an identical replica of the German castle in many ways.
DUNNOTTAR CASTLE, SCOTLAND
If you ever happen to visit the Dunnottar Castle of Scotland you will be pleased to find yourself in one of the greenest and lush countrysides of the world. With the perfect scenery, the castle and its surrounding countryside is a perfect pick to inspire Disney’s Brave. Disney even went ahead and registered Medira’s clan tartan with the Scottish Register of Tartans. This obviously is a place to expect magic spells and archery competitions just as in Brave.
MONT SAINT MICHEL, FRANCE
Yes, the towers from the fairy tale Tangled exist in the real world. The castle where Rupanzel was kept can be seen as having bits of French Medieval Towers and Irish Towers. However, most of us would agree that the designer had Mount St. Michel in France in mind. The castle is a famous tourist attraction in France and has been cut off from the mainland by tidal waters over a course of time. The isle is an inspiration for the Kingdom of Corona in Tangled.
TAJ MAHAL, INDIA
Where is Alladin’s tale backdrop? The song Arabian Nights, the clothes, and depiction of streets confirms the inspiration of the fictional city of Agrabah coming from the Middle East. However, Jasmine’s palace sure has quite some similarities with that of the Taj Mahal. This is probably owing to its fine Mughal Architecture with Islamic features. Taj Mahal is also one of the seven wonders of the world and is a proud UNESCO World Heritage Site.
CHILLON CASTLE, SWITZERLAND
This one comes as surprise since the fairy tale of the Little Mermaid is set against the backdrop of an ocean, and Switzerland on the other hand is a land-locked country. However, the beautiful castle of our handsome Prince Eric in the fairy tale resembles a lot like the Swiss castle of Chillon situated on the shores of Lake Geneva. The Chillon Castle is surrounded by the lake completely and even the narrow windows and the tall towers are strikingly similar and beautiful.
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