We couldn’t resist sharing this list, from Booking.com, of real life animation destinations around the world. Who wouldn’t love to experience an ice castle, just like Elsa’s, or find a seaside village to play in, like Dory, Nemo and Marlin searched in the movie Finding Dory. Here are 5 destinations around the world that will make you feel like you are right inside your favourite animated movie.
Morro Bay – California
Find your own adventure in this scenic seaside village, where Dory, together with her pals Nemo and Marlin, went looking for her parents. You can spend your days underwater too, with gorgeous beaches, snorkelling and paddle boarding on offer. Then rest in a classic coastal cottage like Pleasant Inn.
The Ice Church – Sweden
You’ll want to sing out loud, just like Elsa, when you visit the Ice Church in Kiruna, Sweden. That’s because it is strikingly similar to the location of Elsa’s iconic song, Let it Go.
This church in Sweden is built entirely out of ice, including the furniture and walls. After your visit, rest up nearby at the Máttaráhkká Northern Light Lodge, which is a great spot for viewing the beautiful aurora lights. The Máttaráhkká Northern Light Lodge also provides snowmobile tours and dog sledding safaris, so you can get your full frozen experience.
Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany
Travel to the south of Bavaria, Germany, for this work of art created by King Ludwig II, often referred to as the Swan King or the Fairy Tale King. The white castle bears a resemblance to the one Princess Aurora was born in. Stay in Villa Jägerhaus, a lovely country-style hotel with beautiful views of the surrounding castles and countryside. It is within walking distance from Hohenschwangau Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle for those who wish to explore the area on foot.
Mont-Saint-Michel – France
Enter the fairytale world of Rapunzel – the princess captured for her magical hair. She spent her life in a tower. The city of Corona is at the centre of the animated movie and it was inspired by one of France’s most stunning sights: Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, a Unesco World Heritage Site located on an island only 600km from the main shores. There are more than 60 buildings within the commune, now protected as monuments historique. Where to stay: Ferme Saint Joseph – Gites provides self-catering holiday homes and boasts beautiful views of Mont Saint-Michel. This working farm even allows you to bring pets along for the stay. Facilities include a relaxing indoor pool and bike rental, which is the perfect way to discover this area.
Eilean Donan – Scotland
Brave is a 2012 animated movie featuring a fiesty red-headed princess named Merida. It is set in 10th century Scotland. Experience the Western Highlands of Scotland, likely an inspiration for the movie, and find there one of the most recognizable castles in the country, Eilean Donan. It was built in the 13th century as a defense against the Vikings. It is a breathtaking sight. If you’re visiting, spend a night at Glencoe House – the private dining room of this country house hotel offers you spectacular mountain views, breakfast, and a warm fireplace.
Have your own adventure and visit one of these amazing world-class destinations.
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