Fairytale destinations: Ten breathtaking places you have to see in your lifetime

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Hallstatt, Austria

This old salt mining village in Austria is so idyllic that the Chinese felt compelled to build a one-to-one replica of their own in Huizhou, Guangdong Province. Located on the eastern shore of fjord-like Lake Hallstatt and surrounded my the majestic Dachstein Mountains, the village is believed to be one of the oldest still-inhabited settlements in Europe.

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Fairytale destinations – Hallstatt, Austria | Source: Flickr

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Hallstatt, Austria | Source: Flickr

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Hallstatt, Austria | Source: Austria Info

Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Nestled on the south-east bank of the River Wye, in the middle of the lush Welsh countryside, this pretty little town used to be one of Wales’ best kept secrets, but the word is out.

With a population of only 1,500, Hay-on-Wye is often dubbed “the town of books”, thanks to its over two dozen bookshops. Shelves with second-hand books are scattered all across the town, out in the open. Visitors are drawn by the books and by the annual literary and philosophy festivals.

Explore Hay Castle’s grounds, visit the many vintage boutiques, hike up the hills or stroll down the delightful meadows along the River Wye and find a quiet spot to read a book.

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Fairytale destinations – Hay-on-Wye, Wales | Source: hay-on-wye.co.uk

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Hay-on-Wye, Wales | Source: Flickr

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Hay-on-Wye, Wales | Source: Flickr

Positano, Italy

Situated on the cliffs leading down to the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Italy, Positano used to be a poor fishing village. It became a popular tourist attraction in the 1950s, after John Steinbeck published an essay about Positano, describing it as “a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone”. Admire the picturesque coast on a boat trip to Capri, Paestum and Ischia, lay back and enjoy the biggest beach on the Amalfi Coast, walk the winding alleys, and spoil yourself with some ravishing Italian cuisine and wines at one of many the chic trattorias in Positano.

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Fairytale destinations – Positano, Italy | Source: Flickr

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Positano, Italy | Source: Flickr

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Positano, Italy | Source: Flickr

Sighisoara, Transylvania, Romania

Visiting Sighisoara is a bit like stepping back in time. This peaceful little town is one of the last still-inhabited medieval citadels in Europe. The town is surrounded by a fortification wall and reinforced with well-preserved defense towers and artillery bastions. The winding cobbled alleys, steep stairways, colorful houses and secluded squares are stunningly beautiful. Vlad the Impaler (the inspiration for the fictional vampire Count Dracula) was born in Sighisoara.

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Fairytale destinations – Sighisoara, Transylvania | Source: sighisoara.org

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Sighisoara, Transylvania, Romania | Source: Flickr

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Sighisoara, Transylvania, Romania | Source: Flickr


Savannah, Georgia, USA

Cobblestone streets, majestic architecture, and abundant vegetation – this beloved coastal city has it all. Called the “Hostess City of the South”, Savannah is famous for its Southern charm and hospitality. It used to be dubbed “the Forest City”, in reference to its signature emerald oak tree canopy.

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Fairytale destinations – Savannah, Georgia | Source: Flickr

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Savannah, Georgia | Source: Great American Country

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Savannah, Georgia | Source: Flickr

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