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13 Fairy Tale Spots Around Europe You Need To See Before You Die

Have you visited our continent's most magical places?

There are plenty of reasons for taking holidays abroad — a total disconnect from everyday life, exotic food, deep relaxation — but we reckon one of the biggest attractions is the scenery.

You want to go someplace that looks jaw-droppingly gorgeous, leaving you with the fondest of memories and photos that will drive your nearest and dearest insane with jealousy.

That's why all you secret princesses and handsome princes deserve to visit holiday destinations of the fairy tale variety, someplace like...

1. Grotta Palazzese, Italy

This a restaurant and hotel with a major difference — it's built into cliffs which overlook the Adriatic Sea. Does exquisite Italian food combined with this view sound good to you? 

2. Hallstatt, Austria

Everything about this village simply oozes charm. Located on the shore of the Hallstätter See lake, set against an Alpine backdrop and boasting 16th-century structures, a funicular railway and an ancient salt mine, a trip to Halstatt is magical.

Hallstatt Austria

3. Opera de Paris, France

Founded by King Louis XIV in 1669, this resplendent opera house is the very ideal of old world glamour. Indulge your inner sophisticate and book a seat here for a high-class performance that you'll never forget.  

Opera De Paris Ed Only

4. Isle of Skye, Scotland

This island off the coast of Scotland is known for the Cuillins at its centre, dramatic rocky mountains that you won't see the like of anywhere else.

Isle Of Skye

5. Salzburg, Austria

You feel like you're traversing an oil painting in this well-preserved bastion of baroque architecture. Surrounded by looming hills and overlooked by a mighty fortress, your imagination can't help but feel invigorated by the city — no wonder it gave birth to the genius of Mozart 250 years ago.

Salzburg

6. Azenhas do Mar, Portugal

Located just 30km from Lisbon, one visit to this seaside village will make you want to pack in your job and start a new life in this idyllic spot that seems to spring from a cliff.

Azenhas Do Mar Portugal

7. Faroe Islands

Rarely at the top of anyone's travel bucket list, but they should be. With their colourful cottages and stark scenery, these 18 islands look like they're straight out of a Grimm Brothers story. 

Faroe Islands

8. The Alhambra, Spain

Deriving from the Arabic name Qalat Al-Hamra meaning "The Red One", the Alhambra is a spectacular palace found in Andalusia. It's a beautiful and romantic symbol of the Moorish cultural influence on the region.

Alhambra

9. Lucerne, Switzerland

A medieval city built around a lake, surrounded by lush mountains and dotted with wide open plazas, Lucerne is the definition of the Alpine idyll.

Lucerne Switzerland 2

10. Lake Bled, Slovenia

Wanderers of every sort flock to this picturesque spot in droves, with a church on a tiny island at the heart of the lake, a castle set atop a nearby peak and rolling hills all around.

Lake Bled

11. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A trip to Mostar is a journey back into the past — at least, that's what it feels like. The jewel of the city is the Stari Most (meaning "Old Bridge"), an iconic stone arch which joins two medieval towers.

Mostar

12. Rocamadour, France

For centuries people have been drawn to this place, initially on pilgrimages to see its holy monuments, but today its appreciated more for its architecture and simple charm.
Rocamadour Village

13. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

It doesn't get much more fairy tale than the location that literally inspired Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle.

Neuschwanstein Castle 2

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Written By

Seán Kenehan

Seán is known for eating, drinking and writing, making him uniquely qualified to work for the Lovin Group. Seán enjoys skipping stones wistfully, puns that'd make a dad blush, and referring to himself in the third person.

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