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    DestinationsIs it a dream or is it for real? These places will make you wonder whether you step into the land of magic

    and fantasy or still firmly stand on the ground. With unearthly nature, unreal landscapes or fairy tale

    architecture, these destinations will take you far away from your humdrum reality.

    COLMAR, FRANCEBy Fr Antunes


    Colmar in France, considered the most

    beautiful city in Europe, looks like it

    came straight out of a fairy tale. This

    tiny town in Alsace is famous not only

    for its magically colourful old town.

    Colmar, situated along the Alsatian

    Wine Route, is called the "Capital of

    Alsatian Wine" - it boasts a sunny

    microclimate and is the second driest

    city in France, making it ideal for wine


    As if being the wine capital was not

    enough, Colmar, with its pretty squares,

    fountains and canals, is also called the

    "little Venice" (la Petite Venise). It is also the home town of Frdric Bartholdi, who designed the Statue

    of Liberty, and the painter Martin Schongauer.

    Colmar, France. By Nikkodem

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    Faroe Islands. By

    The Lord of the Rings' scenery of Faroe Islands truly makes you believe the archipelago is inhabited by

    hobbits and elves. Located halfway between Iceland and Norway, in the heart of the Gulf Stream in the

    North Atlantic, the 18-island archipelago is home to beautiful dramatic landscapes of volcanic peaks and

    oceanic waves hitting against the rocky shoreline. The islands' magical and mysterious scenery seems to

    be much closer to the fantasy world than to reality.

    Saksun, Faroe

    Islands. By T.K.V

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    Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, Germany in autumn. By gerdragon

    It is not a sugary Disneyland construction, although it looks like a fairy tale palace occupied by some

    capricious princess. In fact, despite its magical look, the Neuschwanstein Castle is more firmly rooted in

    reality than one could imagine. Constructed on a rugged hill in the 19th century for Ludwig II, the

    castle's fixtures were revolutionary at that time: the building had running water and toilets with

    automatic flushing on every floor as well as a heating system. Today, the Neuschwanstein is the main

    stop on the Romantic Road, the Bavarian trail of ancient towns and castles.

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    Dramatic look of Neuschwanstein. By Nataraj Metz


    Cappadocia. By Emre ErsahinIf there was a fairy tale about the enchanted land of clay, its setting would look like Cappadocia. This

    fabulous region located in central Turkey is famed for its pottery and unique rock formation in which the

    ancient people carved out their houses and churches. The region is also home to the odd-looking rock

    formations called "fairy chimneys" that can be found in various shapes such as cones, mushroom-like

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    forms, columns and pointed rocks. The tradition of pottery and ceramics in Turkey is one of the world's

    oldest crafts, dating back to the 8th century.

    By Emre Ersahin


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    Hoi An. Byjmhullot

    Hoi An is a place that cannot be missed while in Vietnam. This colourful, magical and beautiful little

    town is home to more silk lanterns than people. Situated on the coast of the South China Sea, the town

    used to be an important port and trading centre. Today it is a fairy tale spot visited by thousands of

    travellers and backpackers that cannot resist its charm. Hoi An's fabulous atmosphere blended with

    captivating hospitality and fairytale architecture make the town one of the most rewarding destination

    in South-East Asia.

    Lattern shop. By Nikkodem

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    Tasiilaq Greenland. By chrissy575

    Unspoiled, remote and untraveled, Greenland is a land of wilderness, unbeaten tracks, raw landscapes

    and jaw-dropping vistas. With virtually no trees, no roads and almost no people, the island seems to be

    inhabited by mythological dwarves rather than humans. Though cold and rugged, Greenland is a place

    of unforgettable atmosphere warmed up by the magical aurora borealis and colourfully painted houses.

    Winter in Greenland. By noukorama

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    Venice. By MorBCN

    Venice is hard to rival. Its admirable architecture, unique canals, the abundance of fantastic sights and

    extraordinary atmosphere are one of a kind. Venice seems to be imported from another dimension,

    though the New York Times described it as "undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man".

    Stretched across 117 small islands, Venice boasts 455 bridges, hundreds of canals where romantic

    gondolas wind their way through the city, and is home to the famed Carnival of Venice, Venice Biennale

    and the Venice Film Festival.

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    Venice. By MorBCN


    Kathmandu. Nepal. By dwrawwlinsonBeautiful and spiritual, Nepal's vibrant capital, Kathmandu, is truly a magical place. Surrounded by

    mighty mountains, the city is filled with enchanting atmosphere, exotic sounds, smells and fascinating

    temples. Although Kathmandu is the largest city in the country, it has preserved its fantasy-like charm

    of ancient temples, shrines and traditional architecture. Called "the Land of Gods", Kathmandu seems

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    to be a slightly unearthly destination.

    Inside Tharlam Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, Kathamndu. By Wonderlane


    Kyoto's Bamboo Forest. By Stuck in Customs

    Though located in Kyoto, Japan and unrelated with the movies, the landscape of the Bamboo Forest

    resembles the scenery of the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or House of Flying Daggers. Is only one

    example of hundreds of amazing forests covering the region of South-East Asia. Bamboo plays a

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    significant role in many Asian cultures- it is a symbol of longevity in China, a symbol of friendship in

    India, and in Japan many Shinto shrines are surrounded by a bamboo forest which is considered a

    sacred barrier against the evil.

    Bamboo Forest. By ebergcanada

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    Palacio de Sintra. By szeke

    No wonder Sintra inspired Lord Byron to write Childe Harold's Pilgrimagethat celebrates the beauty of

    the town. Anyone visiting this magical spot, located not far from Lisbon, could feel encouraged to create

    a sublime poem in honour of Sintra's graces. Pena Palace, the Castelo dos Mouros, and Palcio Nacional

    de Sintra are the town's three amazing palaces, and the Sintra Mountain Range, one of the largest parks

    in the Lisbon area, only adds more charm and enigma.

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    Castelo dos Mouros (Mourish Castle), Sintra. By WaveCult

    And the best thing about those places, notwithstanding their magical qualities, is that they're all as real

    as it gets. Accessible, safe and inviting, they're just waiting for you to pack your bags and reach for that

    bit of fantasy on Earth. Been there? Seen that?