By Gena Sysavath
Web Content Contributor
Have you ever wanted to live in a fantasy world? A world with castles, knights, and mythological medieval creatures. A place you can only imagine from fairytale books or see in fantasy movies.
With COVID-19 being a damper on many travel plans, I spend most of my time daydreaming and looking up places I would want to travel to. On my search of looking for the perfect vacation spot for a graduation trip when the pandemic dies down; I had started to look up places that capture a regal and medieval vibe and I thought I might as well share my finds.
The Castle of Ravadinovo: Bulgaria
This Castle of the Wind is most likely to be the only castle in Europe that was built by one man. The castle is unique in the sense that it stands right in the middle of a farm field, just a little bit away from the highway. It is a spectacular attraction for tourist to come and visit as the beautiful arches and plants seemingly surround the castle, giving it a very fantastical appearance. The build of the castle allows people to feel like they escape the reality of modern civilization in a very whimsical way.
Boldt Castle: Heart Island, New York
Boldt Castle is built on the Saint Lawrence River, with the intention of being the perfect summer home for a Prussian immigrant self-made millionaire. He had the intention to giving it to his wife, who sadly died before the castle was ever finished. Heartbroken, George Boldt never finished the project and never remarried. Decades after his death, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority planed for the castle to be restored. So, in 1977, Boldt’s dream destination finally came to a reality.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park: China
This national park is also known as The Avatar Mountains, as the mountain are giant sandstone pinnacles that rise skyward from the valley floor. There are thousands of these monoliths that the earth eroded, making giant stone towers. Added with large amounts of fog and it brings a beautiful and mysterious view that you would dream to travel to.
Hoh Rainforest: Olympic National Park, Washington
The Hoh Rainforest is one of the USA’s temperate rainforests, given that the average annual rainfall is always between 140 and 170 inches, the moss, ferns, and other plants stay green. The fog and mist also contribute to the lushness of the rainforest, allowing the unique ecosystem to preserve the whimsical feel and look.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves: New Zealand
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves is where visitors can witness a very magical display. It is one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions as you can take a boat ride through the glow worm cavity. You will be able to see thousands of glowworms light up the cave like the night sky. Going to the cave is a boat ride where you can glide through and experience a wonderland of living lights.
The Isle of Skye: Scotland
The large land of the Isle of Skye is a must for an amazing fairytale destination. A lot of the land looks like the perfect battleground for a medieval battle. You can also visit Fairy Pools or take a tour of Denvegan Castle, the whole destination is like walking straight into fantasy. Not just that, but if you could, it is also a small drive away to another fairyland, the mystical Eilean Donan Castle.
Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge: Germany
The Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge is a delicately arched bridge over a pool a water, where the reflection makes a perfect circle. It is called the “devil’s bridge” due to the informal arch of the bridge, where it seems to be so dangerous or even miraculous, therefore it seems like only Satan could have built it. However, the bridge was actually commissioned by the knights of a local town to stretch over the waters with local stone.
Lake Bled: Slovenia
The romantic Lake Bled is a very picturesque place, where the best view is the iconic little island with a view of Bled Castle. You would be able to get a boat ride or tour around museums and restaurants in such an old-time looking place. Slovenia is full of fairy-tale looking places and the lake is one to die for as it’s a place where you can seem to only envision.
Now imagine having a photoshoot at any of these places. You can go and dress like you are from the magical medieval era, from being royalty to a mythological creature. All the make-believe wars you can have, with swords and dragons by your side.
Or you can romanticize the places, you and your significant other can pretend to have some heart-wrenching dramatic love story as you explore the area. Give off those “Romeo and Juliet” vibes or wage a war like King Arthur; you can feel like you are not in this reality anymore if you ever decide to go off to these destinations.
In the end, whether you like the world of fantasy or not, these places will always be a beautiful place to visit one day if you have the means to.
Featured image by Gena Sysavath.