A huge amount of inspiration for folklore, fantasy and fairy tales originated from Europe. From bewitched forests to medieval castles and gingerbread houses to scary wolves, folklore has been part of European life for centuries. Explore the lands where fairy tales are abundant; where the Brothers Grimm stories originated and Game of Thrones is filmed.
The Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany is a must-see for all. The palace was inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland. During the summer months, greenery and flowers surround the castle, but when winter comes and the castle is covered in a fresh layer of snow a magical aura surrounds the castle and somehow it becomes even more beautiful.
Take a stroll through Versailles and you’ll feel like royalty. The winter months mean that there are fewer people exploring the palace and gardens, allowing the chance to peacefully admire what was once the home of the French monarchy.
It only takes a walk through Northern Ireland to feel like you’re on the set of a Game of Thrones scene. Many of the scenes from Game of Thrones are shot in Ireland with the most recognisable being Winterfell and the Iron Islands. Although you might not bump into John Snow, there’s nothing like walking through the scene of your favourite TV show.
If you’re lacking a bit of Christmas spirit, a quick visit to the local Christmas Markets will brighten you up. Small stalls are decorated in red, green and white and lit up with Christmas lights, packed with tree adornments, handcrafts, foods and holiday gifts. Sip on gluhwein, nibble on ginger bread and pick up some gifts for the family at the Christmas Markets. You’ll find them from London to Vienna and everywhere in between.