4 Fairytale Villages in Europe You Must Visit

4 Fairytale Villages in Europe You Must VisitHave you ever been somewhere that totally takes your breath away? Somewhere you feel like you’ve stepped into an alternate reality and just cannot believe what you’re looking at is real?

Well, there are places like this in the form of European fairytale villages! If you’re heading to Europe this summer, be sure to head to one or all of the following villages to feel like a Disney princess or prince! 🙂

4 Fairytale Villages in Europe You Must Visit

(1) Hallstatt, Austria

4 Fairytale Villages in Europe You Must Visit4 Fairytale Villages in Europe You Must VisitHallstatt, Austria is over 7000 years old (talk about an old fairytale village) and is home to 859 people! 🙂 The backdrop of the village and the views across the lake are breathtaking. Plus, the only way to get there is by boat! Before visiting Hallstatt I thought I knew what to expect, but even the photos don’t do it justice in real life. When I found out how close it was to Salzburg, Austria I knew I HAD to go on a day trip!  Tourists are starting to find out about Hallstatt, so I recommend going soon. Luckily, it still feels somewhat untouched and is beautiful in every season!

Closest cities: Salzburg, Linz or Vienna, Austria

Related Post: Hallstatt, Austria: 8 Reasons to Visit Now

(2) Lake Bled, Slovenia

4 Fairytale Villages in Europe You Must Visit4 Fairytale Villages in Europe You Must Visit4 Fairytale Villages in Europe You Must VisitLake Bled is a quick bus rid from the capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana and is a popular weekend destination for Slovenian’s and foreigners. Next to Lake Bled is another popular lake called Lake Bohinj, but is not as near to as breathtaking as Lake Bled. Lake Bled is one of those fairytale villages that you can’t really compare to anything else. It’s got a picturesque island in the middle of a glacial lake with a castle overlooking the entire town from the mountain top. Not sure how it can get more enchanting than that! It’s also beautiful in all seasons, although I recommend autumn because of fewer tourists and changing leaves!

Closest city: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Related Posts: The Perfect Getaway to Lake Bled Slovenia
Exploring the Charming City of Ljubljana Slovenia

(3) Colmar, Alsace, France

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When I first went to Colmar, France I felt like I stepped onto the set of Beauty and the Beast in the village that Belle grew up in. The houses people live in actually look like this and I couldn’t actually tell if I was in Disneyland or it was real. The flowers surrounding the river and the cobblestone walking paths made me feel like I was a princess. AND, yes, it all REALLY does actually look like this. 🙂

Closest cities: Strasbourg, France or Zurich, Switzerland

Related Post: My Favorite Region in France: Alsace

(4) Füssen and Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria Germany

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I’m a huge fan of castles and this is the ACTUAL fairytale castle that Disney modeled their famous castle from. Located just outside of Munich, it was King Ludwig’s permanent residence.  He certainly had an eye for beauty because the views from the castle and of the castle are insanely gorgeous. In my opinion, the views of this castle are better than actually going up inside , because of the backdrop of the German/Austrian Alps. Read about how to find the castle and how to get tickets, here.

Closest city: Munich, Germany

Related Post: Avoid the Hassle: Here’s the Easiest Way to Get to Neuschwanstein Castle

I love finding fairytale villages and especially in Europe where everything is old and beautiful. Are there any other fairytale villages in Europe that I should go to?


Avoid the Hassle: Here’s the Easiest Way to Get to Neuschwanstein Castle

Hallstatt, Austria: 8 Reasons to Visit Now

My Favorite Region in France: Alsace

The Perfect Getaway to Lake Bled Slovenia

Why Salzburg is My Favorite City in Austria

Exploring the Charming City of Ljubljana Slovenia


By | 2017-05-04T18:45:31+00:00 May 18th, 2017|April, Summer, Travel|20 Comments

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  1. Leah Sullivan May 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    ALL these villages are on my list! Your photos do them such justice great read!

  2. We’re from Belgium and haven’t visited any of these. ? My parents used to take us to France nearly every year, but it seems like we’ve never been to Colmar. Looks beautiful though! Neuschwanstein Castle has been on my bucket list for a while now, but we haven’t made it up there yet. But we will one day, for sure. Thanks for making this summary, added them all to my bucket list. ??
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  3. Kelly Mongan May 20, 2017 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    SO dreamy! We’ve been to Neuschwanstein and Colmar and have Lake Bled and Halstatt at the top of our list. Absolutely love the fairytale vibes!

  4. Sara May 20, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Ah I am going to Lake Bled in July and I can’t wait. I wish I was going to the rest of these but doing Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro! But have those others on my list!

  5. Lia May 20, 2017 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    You basically just described my Europe bucket list! I LOVE fairytale European towns. My personal favorites are Brugges, Belgium and Bremen, Germany. I need to see more!
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  6. Sylvanmist May 20, 2017 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Oh wow, all of these are on my must see list for places in Europe! I love castles and magical fairytale looking places! Your photos are beautiful too!

  7. Alicia May 20, 2017 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    I haven’t been to any of these villages YET. But after seeing this post, I feel like I really need to! Your pictures are gorgeous, and I love the fact that you say close-by cities! I definitely need to make a little tour for Strasbourg, Zurich and Colmar.

  8. jin May 20, 2017 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    i’ve only been to 2! and all the other places has been on my bucket list, like, forever! def places worth seeing at least once in a lifetime!
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  9. Alex May 20, 2017 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    I LOVE Colmar. I took a day trip there from Strasbourg and found it so adorable. (All of Alsace is just beautiful). The other three cities on this list are definitely on the top of my travel list. I just love pretty European towns so much!!

  10. Kareemah May 20, 2017 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    What a nice post! I will be adding them to my bucket list~

  11. Adventurous Kate May 20, 2017 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    What lovely photos! I’ve been to all but Fussen and the castle. Colmar was really cool, but as soon as I went, my readers were telling me I should have gone to Riquewihr as well. It was inspiration for the village in Beauty and the Beast!

  12. Danique May 20, 2017 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Wow, wow, they all look amazing! The Neuschwanstein Castle is high on my bucketlist already fora a while, still didn’t manage to visit it though (and I am from the Netherlands, oops). Love your photo’s!

  13. Anna May 20, 2017 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Wow, Slovenia… this photo, a dream!
    And Hallstatt, definitely worth the visit..

    I’d add Gordes (just wrote a blogpost about it, it’s in PROVENCE, FRANCE).

    x, Anna

  14. Kristi May 21, 2017 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Wow! Gorgeous photos!

    I will be adding each of these places to my Europe itinerary!

  15. Vrithi Pushkar May 21, 2017 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Beautiful breathtaking pictures. Lovely post. WE visited Lake Bled last year and fell in love immediately. Need to check out the other amazing places.

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  16. C-Ludik May 21, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Lovely photos & wonderful post ! The only place I visited is Colmar 🙂 Hallstatt lakeside village is perhaps the most photographed village in Austria.Hallstatt’s UNESCO World Heritage view attracts visitors from all over Europe and the world. I would love to discover this village !
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  17. Diana May 22, 2017 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Slovenia is beautiful – all the places are beautiful. Great photos.

  18. Diana May 22, 2017 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Omg all these villages look like a dream! I want to visit them all especially colmar alcase!!

  19. Traveling the Continents| Travel Blog October 15, 2017 at 6:30 am - Reply

    Omg these places are sooooooo beautiful ?

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