Sometimes the places we want to be in only exist in fairy tales or our imagination. Magic and dreams don’t materialize unlike innovations and technologies. However, there are many places around the world to visit that make you feel that you’re in a fictional world.
Glenfinnan Viaduct Railway in Scotland
Remember platform 9 ¾? The train ride where Harry Potter and Ron Weasley rode to make their way to Hogwarts. The Glenfinnan Viaduct is an actual railway located at the top of Loch Shiel in the West Highlands.
Dark Hedges in Ireland
They say a Grey Lady haunts this avenue. The Dark Hedges may have a certain eerie feeling about it but the place itself is truly amazing. The Stuart family planted these trees to amaze their visitors before entering their home. They started planting the trees during the 18th century, imagine how old these trees are now.
Caño Cristales in Colombia
The river of five colors is considered as the “most beautiful river in the world.” Imagine a river with the blending of different colors and a calm current. It is uncanny how this river haunts everyone with its beauty and elegance. The river can only be reached with air travel and the view from above is breathtaking.
Casa Battló in Spain
One of the most unique and peculiar buildings in the world. Every part of the house is designed differently. The rooftop that appears to be an animal spine, the catenary arches, the surface covered with self-designed disc and the iron balcony. This looks like a house for a trickster or a master jester.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Kinda like one of those castles which little girls who want to be princesses dream about. This castle inspired the castle design for the disney movie, beauty and the beast. Elegance and beauty collided. This would be the perfect place for prom, a night of kings and queens.
Zhangye Danxia Landform in China
Imagine a rainbow appearing on land. Red sandstones and conglomerate were laid down to the terrain of the landforms that resulted to a natural masterpiece. The landscape appears like a talented kid colored it, the view is pleasant for the eyes, mind, heart and soul.
Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in Maldives
Maldives is famous for its beaches and resorts. This shore in Vaadhoo island is truly unique because of the marine microbes called phytoplankton that emits lights like those of the starry night. The microbes form in a very random way. This is probably the closest thing to touching the stars for people on land.
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation in United Kingdom
A product of math, physics and the imagination. The terrain, the different math and physics symbol representation, every part of this place is a manifestation of the human mind’s creativity. The peculiar landscape design of the garden is hard to explain but very relaxing to look at. The swirls, chessboard-like ground, the intertwining stairs and more unusual yet brilliant interior design is available here.
Majlis al Jinn in Oman
Remember the scene in Aladdin where they entered the Cave of Wonders. That very cave was inspired by the Majlis al Jinn (Meeting Place of Spirits). This cave is also the ninth largest cave in the world. People can only enter the chamber by climbing down a rope from the holes above 400 to 500 ft from the floor.
Pakukkale or Cotton Castle is a natural site that is mostly made up of travertines which people might confuse with snow. The area is filled with small portions of hot springs for people to relax and admire the view near them. Some area of the landscape is not accessible for travelers to preserve the nature’s masterpiece.
Believe it or not, these places really do exist. Why not travel and visit them yourself right? Most of the places included in this list are inspired Disney movies. Meaning that some of the castles and rivers you’d think would only appear in movies actually exist in this world we live in.