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15 Most Magical Places in the World

by Katie Sorene

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Wizards, sorcerers, hobbits and goblins. This maybe the stuff of fairy-tales but you can bring magic to life! Visit these breath-taking magical destinations and live out your own travel legend!

Travel and make-believe certainly go hand in hand.

Whether it’s royal palaces, enchanted forests or magical lagoons, traveling the world can bring your favorite fairy-tales to life!

So grab your wand, mount your white horse and take a virtual journey through the 15 most magical places in the world!

1. Sorcerer’s Castle, Montreux, Switzerland

Lausanne Castle

Pear Biter

2. The Enchanted Forest, Oberursel, Germany

Germany taunus forest

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3. Wizards’ Town, Gent, Belgium

Gent town
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4. Magical Lagoon, Mount Cook, New Zealand

Lake Pukaki

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5. Emperor’s Palace, Versailles, France

Versailles palace
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6. Knights’ Ship, River Elbe, Germany

Elbe Ship

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7. Prince Charming’s Castle, Gstaad, Switzerland

Gstaad Castle

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8. Golden Pagodas, Bagan, Myanmar

Myanmar Pagodas

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9. The Faraway Tree, Oxfordshire, UK

Oxfordshire tree

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10. Rapunzel’s Tower, Huddersfield, UK

Castle Hill Huddersfield

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11. Wishing Bridge, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Switzerland bridge

Tambako the Jaguar

12. Warlocks’ Castle, Stonehaven, Scotland

Scotland castle

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13. The Snow Queen’s Lair, Hausham, Germany

Bavaria Forest

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14. Hobbits’ House, Dordogne, France

Dordogne France

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15. Lake of Dreams, Yuangshuo, China

China Lake

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Been to any of these places? Got more magical travel recommendations? Which fairy-tale character would you be*?!

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Brad

A great place to go that is just magical is called Tupelo Gum Pond in Missouri, USA. It is one of the most remote places and very hard to get to without a 4-wheel-drive.

jessiev

sooo very beautiful – excellent places to showcase!

Katherine

Having just returned from two weeks in Portugal, I’d totally add Sintra to this list.

B

there is no Magic in the Americas.

Surprise surprise.

Vera Marie Badertscher

Stunning photos, but where is the original of Disney’s Cinderella Casle–Neuschwanstein in Bavaria?

Katie

Yes, it’s in Bavaria:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuschwanstein_Castle

Looks pretty cool!

Jenny, Bloggess

Amazing.

Richard Binstock

Being an actual award-winning magician myself I enjoyed this list a lot!!

wat
Katie

Thanks for the stunning pic Wat, magical!

You might also like this post:

http://www.tripbase.com/blog/12-most-magnificent-lakes-in-the-world/

traveldesigned

Absoutely breathtaking!! Thank you for sharing!!–Stephanie

Lorraine

Most certainly an award-winning post. Puts travel in a whole new category.

Nomadic Matt

great hi def pictures….but no disney world? that place is magical!

Katie

Disney World will be featuring soon, watch this space!!

imhkki

beautiful photos

Brooke

Beautiful post! I have been to 1, 2, 5, 7, and 11!

Radioscrubs

Some incredible places and beautiful pictures. I agree with Katherines comments about Sintra in Portugal, it is out of this world.

Vincent

Fort Myers and Naples Beaches are very beautiful. Nothing is more inspiring than the sunsets over playful dolphins. Even an excursion into the everglades would be amazing. And lets not forget the sport fishing, need I say more?

Mari

Hmmm very eurosintric research. There’s so much magic around the entire world: Africa, South America, Australia, North America, South East Asia. My God this post looses some validity because of the narrow perception. Dont respect this research. Good start but very single minded. Thank You

Asgath

Mari, this was aimed primarily at a fantasy magical ‘setting’. Places that seem like they could come from a european knight-in-shining-armour fairytale not just generally beautiful places.
Just because it doesn’t include your home town doesn’t mean the creator of this article is closed minded.

pete

um. sorry. but… “hobbit house”??
not the most apt name. since that building doesnt come anywhere close to the description of a hobbit hole.

Peggy

Put these on my bucket list. I’m been some really beautiful places in the World, even in the US…Wyoming in the Summer, Maui and Kauai, Mount Dessert Island in Maine..these are some really beautiful places in the world.

Michaël

I live in Gent, never thought of it as ‘Wizards Town’ though :-). Very beautiful city. Sure worth visiting!

gurana banana

Yo, aye nice pictures, i’m from huddersfield and the tower made me laugh, if you’re actually there the whole town including a lovely chemical works is just out of shot to the right. the red stuff around the base is to keep people away from the building itself and at night the carpark is just full of pimped out cars either selling drugs or getting the windows a bit steamy, canada’s probably got something better at least like. i dunno or norway. cheers inabit

Amy

Please add Santorini in Greece. Peacefully serene and heavenly beautiful, it feels like another dimension, and it is! Words do not do it justice, but magical gets close….Go to the top and experience a sunset….

marie

Mari,
I think your comment ‘looses’ some validity because you can not spell.
Think you wanted to say loses.

Steve

Why are the two from England down as ‘UK’ but the one from Scotland is down as ‘Scotland’? Another instance of a Yank not knowing the difference between England and Britain perhaps?

Eoghan

Huddersfield is on here…I live there, and they really don’t mention how windy the top, and there are far more magical places round there. Castle Hill really isn’t good for the tower…it’s not too impressive close up.

TANVEER

I don’t know whether these places have some magic or not but is confirm the place is very beautiful

Dina

I’ve only been in the Emperor’s Palace, Versailles, France :)
What about Neuschwanstein the Magic Kingdom Castle? And I thought of this before I read the comment above :)

samr

first 2 pics are astounding!

Animesh Niroula

I’ve recently visited Nepal and found lots of such magical places there …..

alice

One of the most magical places in the world is Tara, Ireland.

gerardo ortiz

wow! all places is breathtaking…… thank you for sharing, GOD is truely good.

Brian Whelan

DUBLIN / IRELAND
Where in the world could be more magical!
There is even a real life Leprechuan Museum
Brian (Dublin Visitors)

Andrew Dalgleish

I was in Lausanne, Switzerland a few weeks ago, and visited the tourist office and cam eequiped with a guide book entry for the city, but this is the first I’ve heard of ‘Sorcerer’s Castle’ – thanks for sharing, maybe next time :)

Paul Wilson

Great site, but very weird for me as I was searching for somewhere magical to take my family on gap year and… I spotted Castle Hill, Huddersfield in whose shadow we live!

Small world!

Samuli Peterson

this blog makes me happy with all its content, I decided to comment here because I found this 15 photos really amazing! Each of them is perfect, but the one with the Wishing Bridge is so alive, that I fill like I wanna cross that bridge over and over again.

Deb

Love these places. We were just in Yangshuo a few weeks ago and agree it is certainly magical. We’ve been to quite a few of these places, but the one I want to go to is Prince Charming’s castle. Every little girls dream:-)

Sailing Vacations

Great pictures…

ChristinaH

aaah, the wizard’s town and hobbit’s house are my favorite!!! would like to see it myself, this is why I like to travel with only money and tips in my pocket, without any directions! just go from one place to another.
thank you guys for this beautiful pictures and for nice work too ;)

Maddywa

Yay! New Zealand!!!

warhammer empire

Those places in there are really magical. I just hope that one day, I will be able to go there.

Pervyl

no sakura sake (cherry blossoms) in japan?

abc

perhaps people havenot seen my country, nepal.that’s why they are talking here like this.

Dheeraj Nakra

Well you should move out of Europe more to see many more amazing places.
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ab

lovely

sarmizegetusa

It lacks Monteriggioni.

fajas colombianas

I’ve been to the yuangshuo river and it truly was magical. The serene and tranquil aura of the place will leave you mesmerized.

Brett Charlton
Lo

Very Euro-centric list.

celiamn

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany! Most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

Melayahm

Lovely places, I’d love to visit them all! But the Isle of Man should be here too, the whole island is stuck in a time warp, and it feels like the kind of place where magic would still exist. At the very least, the Fairy Bridge, or Sulby Glen
http://rosecottageandangels.blogspot.com/2010/10/long-tailed-story.html

USAUSA

Grand Canyon should be on heere

Jack

These have to be some of the best pictures I have come across for any destination! Did you take these pictures yourself, more than the destination itself, I also have to congratulate you on fantastic photography skills!

I am planning on my next city breaks, I am definitely going to consider going to one of these places. Thanks for sharing!

Mliuwej

5. Emperor’s Palace, Versailles, France.
This is the Palace of Versailles, not the Emperor’s Palace.
This palace was built during the seventeenth century by the King Louis XIV, the next king lived there until the French Revolution in 1789. And the 2 french emperors (Napoleon & Napoleon III) never lived there.

tweedle dee

from huddersfield, been to castle hill a millions times…. its so windy, the only thing its good for is flying kits… and even thats not 100% fool proof!! really not magical :/!

tom coll

And they are almost all in Europe????

Heather

How dare you forget about Ireland! Everything about it is enchanting!! especially in County Mayo.

John

In my opinion the US does have it’s share of magical places, at least a few that I have been to.
Seneca Lake
http://www.flickr.com/photos/21962835@N07/3177451665/in/set-72157610185076904
Grand Canyon
http://www.flickr.com/photos/21962835@N07/3760017602/in/set-72157610185076904
Filoli near San Francisco
http://www.flickr.com/photos/21962835@N07/3760050590/in/set-72157610185076904

Craigo

Thats amazing! only been to 12 becuase i live right next to it! WOOO

btw its called Dunottar castle :)

John

“this may be” – not “this maybe”

Carl

Lovely, Except the Hobbit Home . . . it’s not nearly in the ground enough!

Miro

How ’bout castle Trakoscan above a lake in Croatia?http://funny.nerast.info/2011/05/trakoscan-hrvatski-dvorac/

george

First one is the Chateau de Chillon — about 30 mins by train from Lausanne (heading towards Brig). I’d recommend getting off the train at Vevey and taking the bus (next to the station) towards Villeneuve. It’s about 20 minutes longer but you get a bus ride along the lakeside and the bus stops right outside the castle. Once there, keep an eye out for the offshore L’île de Peilz — a tiny island with one very large tree on it.)
BTW, this is castle is even cooler: Sintra in Portugal. Can be done as a day trip from Lisbon.
http://tinyurl.com/45489cc
Lisbon itself has this:
http://tinyurl.com/3ggyk9l

Chris

It is very Euro-centric!

Some places in Asia that are magical and other worldly are;

Varanasi – the Hindu’s most holy city – a very timeless place

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varanasi

Kyoto in Japan, ancient temples – extremely beautiful and magical

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto

And just outside Kyoto is Fushimi inari that place is surreal!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fushimi_Inari-taisha

I’ve never been but I think Machu Picchu and Easter Island would be magical as well.

Rubbish

What rubbish there is no warlock’s castle in Stonehaven, Scotland! There is a Dunnottar Castle pictured above…

Bijuterii Argint

A very beautifull castle is Peles in Romania – you can see pictures here http://peles.ro/

Biscuits090

Way to leave out the rest of the world…

Helen

These places are beautiful, but I would have added the Giant’s Causeway in Antrim, Ireland. It always fascinated me as a child, thinking of giants using the pillars as stepping stones to get to Scotland!:) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant‘s_Causeway

jujudellago

Nice selection, and a good place for Switzerland, but the first one has nothing of a Sorcerer’s Castle, and it’s not in lausanne….

It’s the famous “Chateau de Chillon”, very gorgeous castle indeed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Chillon

then there was no “prince charming” in Gstaad, just overrich american and british tourists ;)

Rickard

Meh, alot of those places are pretty common, nothing special. I mean the settings and the nature, we have alot of places here like in most of these pictures.

hig

who starts a top 15 list with number one?

Wanda

Great !

If you love castle, don’t miss this site about french Castles.

http://www.chateauxmedievaux.com

Todd

Would agree the Neuschwanstein castle is amazing but honestly the countryside around it is just as breath taking on a sunny spring/ summer day. The way the orange rooftops contrast with the lush green rolling hills and the turquoise color of all the small ponds and lakes…amazing.

Being from America, yeah the Grand Canyon is pretty awesome, but honestly nothing is more amazing than a Southern California sunset (and no I’m not from So Cal, I’m from the Northeast)

eva

You should add Schloss NeuSchwanstein in Bavaria. I think its what all disney castles are based on. Otherwise very nice list!

These places are amazing,although they might look different in various times of the day but they’re still beautiful.

whatever

@Nomadic Matt: disney world is not magical, it’s an abomination. how can you possibly compare it to what is listed here? IT’S FAKE!!!!!

Zeke Krahlin

Ah, yes, the Enchanted Forest. Enchanted with voracious, fearsome, radioactive wild boars.

Max from Bavaria

LOL! I got a job in Hausham, where the lair of the snow queen is. Its just about 15 km from here.

Not Another Sunset Photo

I’m 70 and have been pushing photographic emulsions around this planet for 60 years. The sunset photo at Neuchatel’s “Wishng Bridge” is the most beautiful sunset photo of my life. (The art is best done with one or two optical abberations.) –Stephen

Zoe

This is wonderful, but I would Neuschwanstein to this list in Füssen, Germany. It’s the castle that Disney used as a model to build Cinderella’s castle.

Rene

I would also add Machu Picchu in Peru. It’s amazing.

john

15 Most Magical Places in the World,WHO! I want to go to very place

Rachel

Why not any of the filming locations of the Harry Potter series, especially Alnwick Castle (Hogwarts). I think that would be the most magical place.

brian atwood shoes

The scenery is good, like in the world

fitflop outlet

So beautiful

sara shah

Wonderful pics.

Pilot

Nice! No. 13 is right before my house – 15kms from here!

Sailor

Wow! They are all indeed magical. I would say it is the power of photography and the nature.

Nina Illegno

OH. MY. GOD. I HAVE TO GO TO ALL OF THESE PLACES!!!!!

Web Design

Pics look interesting, but thumbs down for lack of description on them.

jackie

Castell Coch in South Wales. In welsh this means ‘Red Castle’ but it is also called ‘the Fairy Castle’
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=castell+Coch&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1440&bih=785

saira

So beautiful cities i don’t know what i say god make life so so so so beautiful
i wish i go they all are cities…….

suria

hai guys,
there is a place call Dayang Bunting In a small Island in langkawi,Malaysia.
its a lake in midle of the small mount in a island.Fresh waterlake surrounded by salt seawater. such anice place where you can bond with nature and its magical moments

angel ahn

wonderful place in the world…is beautiful

Ambrosio clarido

for me it is a very amazing place in the world that i had seen only in the enternet.

Lisa T

In response to Mari:
“Hmmm very eurosintric research. There’s so much magic around the entire world: Africa, South America, Australia, North America, South East Asia. My God this post looses some validity because of the narrow perception. Dont respect this research. Good start but very single minded.”

And the person who said it’s “Euro-centric” ….. Um, do you know where New Zealand actually is? About 3 days flying away from the UK! :p

Dani

Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK.

nuri ah

Machupicchu is a unforgetable experience i went there with my family 3 months ago i think and it was amazing all the culture and the native people all so humble. Being Machipicchu it’s magical for real!!!
Even tought i’m korean i like all the food there and in Lima i tried “Lomo Saltado” delicious. i want more kekeke.
At the begining i didn’t want to be there but i the end i enjoy it the most.

Anne

One of the most magical places is the rain forest at the Victoria Falls and the falls!

Jane

Beautiful choices, but in my experience, you find magic in the most unexpected places when travelling.

welsh translation

I love these pictures, especially the ones in the UK

Joe W

Great suggestions, they all really seem to be taken out of a fairytale,

Amir

What about EGYPT PYRAMIDS and TEMPLES and and and………
How come?
its not fair, right ???
: )

bilal ahmed

all of these r beautiful but i mostly love makkah and madina,,,,,,,

Ingrid

What a dreamy site this is…. Brooke, I envy you ! Been to most them ? mmmm

Now what about St. Lucia, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa ??? I’ll be posting some magical pictures of that place soon….

Marcio Rosa

Fantastic places, but nothing about Asia? Only Myanmar? Where is the Angkor Complex? Petra? Halong Bay? Taj Mahal? Lantau Buda? And nothing in Africa? South America? What about Niagara Falls? Machu Picchu? Antarctica Glaciers? Why not the Giza Pyramids, Valley of the Kings? Sorry, but there are many things around the world then only some castles in Europe.

Alexa Meisler

Wow these are all magical indeed. It’s a shame I haven’t seen any of these upfront but it will be a goal to see at least one of these unbelievable structures.

Gabriella

The description of the first photo is wrong. It is actually the Chateau de Chillon in Montreaux, Switzerland.

Doug Johnson

Asia has some awesome places… Vang Vieng Laos, for off the planet scenery and some great activities… You can get whatever you want at Vang Vieng, or something like that…

Hashem Moh'd Othman

Really amazing!
Nture is Harmony and Harmony is Nature.

Sift Shah

Very Beautifull and Interesting

oubalie (old man)

well you have not seen much cause you have not been to south africa.
table mountain in the western cape
st lucia in kwazulu natal
wild coast on the east coast
inland almost as good as western cape

jerry facey

Have youheard about the Pacific, Asia, New Zealand, etc. There are sites in Palau and Hawaii that would trump many of your 15.

Joelle

I think Israel should be on the list :) And Portugal/Brazil. I absolutley adore those places :)

ESL Julie

These are truly beautiful places. For me, there is something magical about the desert, especially those with majestic rock formations. I remember looking up at the night sky in the Mongolian grasslands and seeing more stars than I ever have. For me that was magical.

Rakesh

Nice!, I actually have a completely different set of magical towns and we don’t even match on one town. :(

http://www.mandalapa.com/2012/08/magical-towns-all-over-the-world/

LT

Speaking as a Huddersfield resident who can see “Rapunzel’s Tower” aka Castle Hill from my window, I promise you it is not at all magical/worth the journey if you’re from any other town. It’s just a windy hill with a 4 story brick tower stuck on the top of it.

kamalanaban

beautiful places you have selected. nice to see these. definitely there will be thrill when you really visit these places. hope you guys can make it.

France Forever 24/7

The chateau de Versailles is indeed magical and my favorite place!

Nick Belial

I look at places like those in images #1, #12 and #14 and wonder all the whos, whys and hows… My thoughts immediately turn to the difficult logistics they must have encountered in building dwellings of that size in those locations. Amazing and beautiful images.

kerrysmallman

They look fantastic!
I came up with my own list of European fairytale destinations:
http://kerrysmallman.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/top-5-fairytale-destinations-europe-style/

sheilacoomasaru

Amazing.Every time I mediate,I will remember one picture.

Ben Stuart

Very nice post, and these places look great, love to check them out someday.

amber moody

Stunning images! Wish I could visit them all!

Travel Tamed

Great places, but how did you made it , i mean there are many many places like this in whole Europe and even world, maybe you should change the topic of this article. :)
But i am glad i found your blog, try to visit my too.

Cheers

Takao Kosugi

I like Magical Lagoon very much.

Nick - Goats On The Road

Wow, magical post. Really like some of these shots. The temples of Bagan are magical as is the rest of Myanmar. Another magical place would be the islands off the Northern Coast of Mozambique.
Great article.
Thanks

Patricia

Great! I am sitting in Yangshuo looking at what is in fact a river which
In places seems to be a magical lake but is really a magical river.

JF

I like this blog. So magical world. Great post.

catherine m. arrieta

God has filled this world with beautiful sights to behold. Unfortunately only the moneyed could afford to reach them. People like could only enjoy them through pictures until we get lucky to see the real one! I dream one day I’ll see them all! God bless his creations. I just love this blog. Fantastik indeed!

arbab firdos

if you want to see heaven on earth ,you come over to khyber pukhtoonkhaw province of pakistan one cannot forget its natural scenes

arbab firdos

friends the lakes are lovely but lake saif ul maluk in naran hazara khyber pukhtoonkhawa satuated in pakistan is realy beutiful.one cannot forget it ,if onece seen.

K Reade

Very nice, but no list can be taken seriously without Petra on it.

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