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What Is The Most Fairytale Destination In Europe?

What is the most fairytale-like place in Europe? 

Honestly, there isn’t one.

Okay, that is probably not the answer you were looking for. Picking favorites is something I am not good at, though. There are simply too many beautiful places. It is impossible for me to choose a favorite. I can at least narrow it down, though. 😉 

So, which countries have the most fairytale-like tourist attractions?

For me, there are four which immediately come to mind: Marie Antoinette’s little retreat at Versailles, the French castle Château de Chenonceau, Germany’s Neushwanstein Castle and Austria’s Hallstatt Village.

Marie Antoinette’s retreat at Versailles – The Hameau de la Reine. 

“Let them eat cake.” Or should I say, ‘poor Marie Antoinette.’ To have endured such a horrible end, only to be remembered by that ridiculous quote. I personally agree with historians who insist that she did not say this and that it was simply a politically spread rumor to increase anger against the nobility.

I visited Versailles with my Mother back in 2013 and we each felt that this little cottage was one of the most charming parts of Versailles and a closer look at this Queen’s true personality. To me, this retreat resembles a woman who was born into nobility, but who longed to be carefree in nature, away from the gossip and stress of the many aristocrats living in the palace.

While the aristocrats enjoyed partying in the palace, during a time when their people were starving, Marie Antoinette preferred the quiet of her fairytale hide-away. Her little hamlet consisted of a meadowland with a pond, a tower that resembled a lighthouse, a stream that fed her mill wheel,  and a gorgeous garden. This little paradise she created was not just her attempt at ‘playing pretend’ or giving herself a fake sense of the countryside either. It was actually a working farm run by a farmer she appointed. It had orchards, a vineyard, vegetable and fruit gardens, and animals from Switzerland.

A lot of people only visit the main grounds of Versailles and completely overlook the Hameau de le Reine. A mistake for them, but a bonus for you, because when you visit you will be able to see it without as large of tourist crowds.   

Château de Chenonceau

The Château de Chenonceau is one of the most breathtaking places I have ever visited and I am so sad I do not have better photos to show you. I visited when I was 18 – back when I knew hardly anything about photography and had a cell phone with probably half the megapixels you get from an iphone now. 

Oh well. All the more reason to visit again, right? 🙂

Situated in the Loire Valley of France, the Château de Chenonceau spans across the River Cher and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and labyrinths. Other than Versailles, it is the most toured château in France. And because of its beauty, it was of course desired by many historical figures in the past. For instance, in 1547, Henry II gifted it to his mistress Diane de Poitiers. But then after his death in 1559, his widow Catherine de’ Medici forced Diane to trade it with her for the less attractive Château Chaumont. The next year, she held at this castle the first fireworks show seen in France.

Here. I cannot leave you with just my one awful photo. Look at this screenshot I took from the Chateau de Chenonceau website. Isn’t it breathtaking? Also, you should google photos that show the castle and river at sunset. That view is my favorite!

Neuschwanstein Castle

Once upon a time in Bavaria – in 1869 – King Ludwig II began creating Neuschwanstein castle or “New Swan Castle.” A beauty that is home to romantic views, dainty turrets, and striking cylindrical towers. I fell in love with its Romanesque style and so did Walt Disney. It was actually this fairytale castle that he fashioned both Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty’s castles after.

I visited in 2019 as a day trip from Munich’s and have written a full post on my day there which you can read here. If you will be in Germany without a car and need help finding a good tour group to take you here, read this post. I don’t usually like taking tours and prefer to travel solo, but I had no other way to get here and ended up enjoying the tour company I chose. No matter how you plan to visit, though, I highly recommend you fit Neuschwanstein into your travel itenerary!

Hallstatt Village

Hallstatt might not have a castle, but it is certainly one of the most enchanting places I have ever visited. 

With adorable cobblestone streets leading to 16th century architecture painted in lovely reds, yellows, and blues and creams, and adorned with flowers hanging from every window, what’s not to love?  All of this charm situated on its namesake lake and surrounded by the beautiful Salzkammergut mountains makes it the picture of perfection. A real life fairytale village.

I visited while staying in Salzburg – August of 2019. It can be a little bit complicated to coordinate a day trip here – you need a bus, a train, and a ferry. So if you would like my tips for how to spend a wonderful day here, read:

I’m so happy that through the many years and all of the wars that have happened in Europe, these four beauties have stood the test of time. And I am very appreciative for how France, Germany, and Austria have upkept them for the public’s enjoyment. We are truly lucky to still have fairytales to escape to. ♥️ 

Have you ever been to France, Germany, or Austria? What are some of the places you have most enjoyed traveling to? Let me know in the comments! And feel free to ask any travel questions!


xo, Mikéla

What Is The Most Fairytale Destination In Europe?

What is the most fairytale-like place in Europe? 

Honestly, there isn’t one.

Okay, that is probably not the answer you were looking for. Picking favorites is something I am not good at, though. There are simply too many beautiful places. It is impossible for me to choose a favorite. I can at least narrow it down, though. 😉 

So, which countries have the most fairytale-like tourist attractions?

For me, there are four which immediately come to mind: Marie Antoinette’s little retreat at Versailles, the French castle Château de Chenonceau, Germany’s Neushwanstein Castle and Austria’s Hallstatt Village.

Marie Antoinette’s retreat at Versailles – The Hameau de la Reine. 

“Let them eat cake.” Or should I say, ‘poor Marie Antoinette.’ To have endured such a horrible end, only to be remembered by that ridiculous quote. I personally agree with historians who insist that she did not say this and that it was simply a politically spread rumor to increase anger against the nobility.

I visited Versailles with my Mother back in 2013 and we each felt that this little cottage was one of the most charming parts of Versailles and a closer look at this Queen’s true personality. To me, this retreat resembles a woman who was born into nobility, but who longed to be carefree in nature, away from the gossip and stress of the many aristocrats living in the palace.

While the aristocrats enjoyed partying in the palace, during a time when their people were starving, Marie Antoinette preferred the quiet of her fairytale hide-away. Her little hamlet consisted of a meadowland with a pond, a tower that resembled a lighthouse, a stream that fed her mill wheel,  and a gorgeous garden. This little paradise she created was not just her attempt at ‘playing pretend’ or giving herself a fake sense of the countryside either. It was actually a working farm run by a farmer she appointed. It had orchards, a vineyard, vegetable and fruit gardens, and animals from Switzerland.

A lot of people only visit the main grounds of Versailles and completely overlook the Hameau de le Reine. A mistake for them, but a bonus for you, because when you visit you will be able to see it without as large of tourist crowds.   

Château de Chenonceau

The Château de Chenonceau is one of the most breathtaking places I have ever visited and I am so sad I do not have better photos to show you. I visited when I was 18 – back when I knew hardly anything about photography and had a cell phone with probably half the megapixels you get from an iphone now. 

Oh well. All the more reason to visit again, right? 🙂

Situated in the Loire Valley of France, the Château de Chenonceau spans across the River Cher and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and labyrinths. Other than Versailles, it is the most toured château in France. And because of its beauty, it was of course desired by many historical figures in the past. For instance, in 1547, Henry II gifted it to his mistress Diane de Poitiers. But then after his death in 1559, his widow Catherine de’ Medici forced Diane to trade it with her for the less attractive Château Chaumont. The next year, she held at this castle the first fireworks show seen in France.

Here. I cannot leave you with just my one awful photo. Look at this screenshot I took from the Chateau de Chenonceau website. Isn’t it breathtaking? Also, you should google photos that show the castle and river at sunset. That view is my favorite!

Neuschwanstein Castle

Once upon a time in Bavaria – in 1869 – King Ludwig II began creating Neuschwanstein castle or “New Swan Castle.” A beauty that is home to romantic views, dainty turrets, and striking cylindrical towers. I fell in love with its Romanesque style and so did Walt Disney. It was actually this fairytale castle that he fashioned both Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty’s castles after.

I visited in 2019 as a day trip from Munich’s and have written a full post on my day there which you can read here. If you will be in Germany without a car and need help finding a good tour group to take you here, read this post. I don’t usually like taking tours and prefer to travel solo, but I had no other way to get here and ended up enjoying the tour company I chose. No matter how you plan to visit, though, I highly recommend you fit Neuschwanstein into your travel itenerary!

Hallstatt Village

Hallstatt might not have a castle, but it is certainly one of the most enchanting places I have ever visited. 

With adorable cobblestone streets leading to 16th century architecture painted in lovely reds, yellows, and blues and creams, and adorned with flowers hanging from every window, what’s not to love?  All of this charm situated on its namesake lake and surrounded by the beautiful Salzkammergut mountains makes it the picture of perfection. A real life fairytale village.

I visited while staying in Salzburg – August of 2019. It can be a little bit complicated to coordinate a day trip here – you need a bus, a train, and a ferry. So if you would like my tips for how to spend a wonderful day here, read:

I’m so happy that through the many years and all of the wars that have happened in Europe, these four beauties have stood the test of time. And I am very appreciative for how France, Germany, and Austria have upkept them for the public’s enjoyment. We are truly lucky to still have fairytales to escape to. ♥️ 

Have you ever been to France, Germany, or Austria? What are some of the places you have most enjoyed traveling to? Let me know in the comments! And feel free to ask any travel questions!


xo, Mikéla

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