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6 Real-Life Fairy Tale Villages Around the World

Add these postcard perfect places to your bucket list!

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Photography: Kevin and Amanda | Found the World (Main Photos)

Many of us grew up reading and watching fairy tales, dreaming that one day we'd be able to experience something similar or maybe visit a magical place, too. Lucky for us, there are whimsical and dreamy places around the world that you can visit. From showcasing architecture to having a unique ambiance, these locations are worthy to be included on your list of places to see. Check them out below and be inspired: 

1. The village of Oia in Santorini

 A tourist favorite, this village features a Cycladic architecture, with the white structures sitting prettily on top of red-colored cliffs. Famous for its neoclassical mansions, small churches, narrow cobbled paths, and caved houses, Oia is also known for the breathtaking sunset that's best viewed from the Oia Castle. 

2. The Rothenburg ob der Tauber (on the Tauber River) in Germany

Are you a fan of knights and princesses? This town will remind you of the Medieval period as it's surrounded by walls, towers, and gateways. If you get to visit, look out for the historic half-timbered buildings and houses, picturesque lanes, and the Town Hall Tower. 

3. The Gamcheon Culture Village in Busan, South Korea

Known as the Machu Picchu of Busan, it features colorful houses built on the foothills of a coastal mountain, The alleys are decorated with captivating murals and sculptures that the residents made on their own. Looking for a bonus treat? Wherever you turn, you will surely find a picture-perfect spot.

4. Colmar, a small old town in the heart of Alsace region in France

Since it's pretty close to the German border, visitors may expect to see buildings showcasing German architecture. Walk down the cobblestone street, take photos, and also admire the half-timbered houses in fascinating shades of blue, rose, peppermint, and apricot near the canal. 

5. The Shirakawa village in Gokayama, Japan

There's a long list of places to see in Japan but make sure you include Shirakawa to your list. It is known for the Gassho-style farmhouse which is designed to withstand the region's heavy snowfall during winter. Many of these farmhouses were converted into restuarants and museums to accommodate tourists.

6. Monterosso al Mare

A town in Cinque Terre or “The Five Islands,”—Monterosso al Mare features a string of seaside villages along the western coastline of Italy. The buildings are carefully planned to create spaces, streets, alleys, and squares which the Italians refer to as Piazzas. The best part? It doesn't allow cars to pass—so you can walk and take in everything at your own pace.

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