A Fairy Tale Come True

#1 Frozen – The Ice Church, Sweden


In the famous scene where Elsa creates an ice palace while singing ‘Let It Go’ in the 2013 Disney movie, the snowy world and the ice palace are strikingly similar to the Ice Church in Kiruna, Sweden. The church is completely built from ice, even the furniture and walls which are built from ice extracted from the nearest river and located just below the Arctic Circle.

Nearby accommodation: Máttaráhkká Northern Light Lodge 

#2 Sleeping Beauty – Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany


Located in the south of Bavaria, Neuschwanstein Castle is a work of art created by King Ludwig II, often called the Swan King or the Fairy Tale King. In the classic Disney movie ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ Princess Aurora was born in a white castle with similar features and the famous castle logo of Walt Disney also originated from this striking creation.

Nearby accommodation: Villa Jägerhaus

#3 Finding Nemo – The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef

This heartwarming Pixar film takes place deep in the ocean, amongst the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Clownfish Marlin set out to find his son Nemo back in 2003 and since the film’s release this destination has attracted visitors from all over the world who want to explore this iconic reef. Cairns is the ideal place to try out diving and snorkeling and where you might even spot Nemo yourself. Cairns also has a wide choice of fantastic restaurants and nightlife.

Nearby accommodation: Waters Edge Apartment Cairns

#4 Tangled – Mont-Saint-Michel, France


We all know the tale of Rapunzel – the Princess of Corona who was kidnapped as a baby because of her magical hair and locked up to spend her entire life in a tower. The city of Corona in the movie ‘Tangled’ was inspired by one of Frances most stunning sights, Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy. Located on a mountain on an isolated island, it is now a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Nearby accommodation: Mouton Blanc hotel

#5 Brave – Eilean Donan, Scotland

Eilean Donan

Located in the deserted western Highlands of Scotland, Eilean Donan is one of the most recognizable castles in Scotland, situated on its own little island overlooking the Isle of Skye -at the point where three great sea-lochs meet. In the 2012 Disney movie ‘Brave,’ the red-haired princess Merida lived in a castle inspired by Eilean Donan.

Nearby accommodation: Glencoe House

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