The Dark Hedges are one of the real fairy tale settings

Lake Bled. Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled. Bled, Slovenia

Love fairytales and magic-themed stories?

Dotted across the world, travellers can find dream-like castles, mythical temples and even a cave dwelling in countries such as Germany, Turkey and even Cambodia.

Casa Batllo. Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batllo. Barcelona, Spain

Our very own Dark Hedges, near Armoy, also features in the recent Trip Advisor ‘10 real places that look like they belong in fairy tales’ list.

The romantic, atmospheric, tunnel-like avenue of intertwined trees which form the Dark Hedges have long mystified numerous visitors.

The stunning avenue of beech trees built in the 18th century by the Stuart family as a landscape feature to impress guests who were driving into their stately home.

These days, it has become one of the most photographed sites in the country having gained stardom when it was featured in the award-winning Game of Thrones television show as the King’s Road.

Neuschwanstein Castle. Bavaria, German

Neuschwanstein Castle. Bavaria, German

If you are looking for a real life fairy tale, there’s no better place than Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.

The castle was built as a personal retreat for King Ludwig II and was opened to public after his death.

If you think it looks familiar, the magnificent castle was the inspiration for Disney’s classic cartoon Sleeping Beauty and was featured in British musical film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The best time to visit the castle is during winter as the castle covered with snow will turn the place even more dream-like.

National Palace of Pena. SSintra, Portugal

National Palace of Pena. SSintra, Portugal

Ta Prohm, a temple in Angkor, Cambodia, looks like a scene out of the popular children’s story, Jack and the Beanstalk.

The ancient site has larger-than-life trees growing out of the ruins - making it the most distinctive feature of the late 12th-century temple.

Lake Bled is a popular destination in Slovenia due to its romantic scenery.

The town features a little white church on an island in the center of an emerald green mountain lake, with Bled Castle perched high above, amidst the Julian Alps.

Ta Prohm. Siem Reap, Cambod

Ta Prohm. Siem Reap, Cambod

The Dark Hedges by night

The Dark Hedges by night