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Three Fairy Tale Destinations around the World

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

A quick look at three awesome tourist spots to fuel your fairy tale fantasies…

A lot of people want to travel to places that they read about. What if the place you want to visit is a fantastical land ripped straight from the pages of a fairy tale, though? Well, there might not be any honest to goodness magic involved, but it’s still possible to visit a veritable fairy tale realm – as long as you know where to look.

Keep in mind that we’re not talking about your local theme park. Sure, you can just buy a ticket to Disneyworld, but why not go the extra mile and really immerse yourself in fantasy world destinations? Here are three fantasy tourist spots from around the world that we love.

Gnomesville – In Western Australia’s Ferguson Valley there’s a village unlike any other in the world. Once you step inside, you’ll immediately notice the difference: the entire place is populated by gnomes. Garden gnomes, to be more specific.

Gnomesville, as the village is called, started when anonymous protesters left garden gnomes to voice their opposition over planned construction of a traffic circle 20 years ago. The village has since become home to hundreds, if not thousands, of gnomes and is considered one of the most offbeat tourist spots in Australia.

Excalibur – There’s nothing that says “fairy tale” quite like a castle. If you’re looking for a full medieval experience that doesn’t involve a Renaissance Faire visit, then your best bet is the Excalibur casino in Las Vegas.

Designed to look like a medieval castle, the Excalibur is reminiscent of the settings of different fairy tales as well, rife with symbols like those in the Unicorn Legend game in The medieval fantasy vibe in the land-based casino is almost as prevalent as its online equivalent too. Inside, visitors can enjoy the Tournament of Kings dinner show, a non-stop medieval melee complete with invading armies, dancing maidens, jousting, and a whole lot of fireworks.

Fairy Tale Forest – For almost 60 years, the Efteling amusement park in the Netherlands has been transporting visitors to the lands made famous by noted fairy tale authors like Hans Christian Andersen and the Grimm Brothers.

Yes, the Efteling is a theme park, but it’s not your average garden variety collection of rides and attractions. This distinction is perhaps most noticeable when one steps into the Fairy Tale Forest, a truly enchanting wooded section of the park where visitors can experience stories such as Red Riding Hood and the Frog King.

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