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Places of Myths & Legends

LE MONT SAINT-MCHEL, NORMANDY, FRANCE (above)

Disney reportedly used this fortified gothic island castle as inspiration for Rapunzel. At high tide it appears to rise majestically out of the sea.of-montsaintmichel.com

CORVIN CASTLE, HUNEDOARA, ROMANIA

corvin castle

Also called Huniazilor, this fairytale castle, complete with a drawbridge over a flowing river, inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional vampire, Dracula, who was based on the very real Vlad the Impaler. castelulcorvinilor.ro

NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, BAVARIA

NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE

Cinderella’s castle at Disney World and Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disney Land are reportedly fashioned on this 19th-century palace with its iconic turrets and cylindrical towers. neuschwanstein.de

PRAGUE CASTLE, CZECH REPUBLIC

prague castle

This 10th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site and Guinness World Record holder is the ‘largest coherent castle complex in the world’. Hrad.cz

ALCAZAROF SEGOVIA, SPAIN

ALCAZAROF SEGOVIA

Constructed by the Moors, this medieval fortress sits on a large rock promontory on a hill overlooking the city — 156 creaky steps lea d to the top. alcazardesegovia.com