26 Real-World Disney Locations You Can Actually Visit In Europe

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Every Disney fan must travel through Europe at least once, because it’s full of magnificent places and sights that have inspired your favorite movies and theme park attractions throughout Disney’s history! Here’s where to go to make your European adventure more magical. ✨


Mont Saint-Michel, France (Tangled)

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Tangled fans, make room in your itinerary to visit Mont Saint-Michel, a true fairy-tale island village off the Northwest coast of France. During the development of Tangled, animators sought inspiration from the town on the island for the Kingdom of Corona, and Mont Saint-Michel Abbey inspired Rapunzel’s Castle.

Location: off the coast of Normandy (about 3 hours from Paris by train)


Tour d’Argent, France (Ratatouille)

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If you loved Ratatouille swing by Tour d’Argent, the fine restaurant that served as the inspiration for Gusteau’s restaurant in the film. But maybe not for dinner — entrées at this Michelin-Starred restaurant start at 87€ ($98 USD)!

Location: in the 5th arrondissement of Paris


Château de Chambord, France (Beauty and the Beast)

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Lovers of Beauty and the Beast definitely have to visit the Château de Chambord, which served as the animators’ inspiration for the Beast’s Castle. And YES, the castle does have an east and a west wing. 🌹

Location: Chambord (about 2 hours from Paris by car)


Riquewihr, France (Beauty and the Beast)

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Another stop for Beauty and the Beast fans: Stroll through the quaint town of Riquewihr, which is said to inspire the village where Belle sang about being bored of her “provincial life.” The town is also filled with rows of colorful buildings that’ll make for perfect Instagram backdrops!

Location: Riquewihr (about 6 hours from Paris by car)


Château de Chenonceau, France (Walt Disney World)

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Château de Chenonceau was one of many castles that served as inspiration for Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World, and the parallels are obvious. Make sure you stop inside for a visit — the rooms of the castle are absolutely enchanting.

Location: Chenonceaux (a little over 2 hours from Paris by train)


Château de Chaumont, France (Walt Disney World)


Antony House, England (Alice in Wonderland)


The Regent’s Park, England (One Hundred and One Dalmatians)

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Afterwards, hop on over to the bridge in The Regent’s Park — aka the “double meet-cute spot” for Roger and Anita (and Pongo and Perdita) in One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Location: London


Blenheim Palace, England (Cinderella)

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If you were enchanted by the live-action Cinderella, make time to visit Blenheim Palace, which served as Prince Kit’s palace in the film. (It was transformed with grandeur using CGI technology, so it might look a little different IRL!)

Location: Woodstock (about 2 hours from London by train)


Old Royal Naval College, England (Cinderella)

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You can also stop by the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College in London where Prince Kit enjoyed honing his fencing skills in Disney’s live-action reimagining of Cinderella. (Bonus: They also filmed a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides here.)

Location: Greenwich, London


Cliveden House, England (Cinderella)

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Big Ben, England (Peter Pan)

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As for the animated films, Big Ben is a no-brainer to visit on any trip to London. But visiting this iconic clock tower is more fun when you look at it and imagine you can see Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, and Tinker Bell landing on the minute hand of the clock while en route to Neverland!

Location: Westminster, London

Note: Big Ben is undergoing restorations until 2021


Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland (Brave)

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Any Pixar fan traveling to Scotland MUST visit the Eilean Donan Castle. This castle is notable as the animators’ inspiration for both the interiors and exteriors of Merida’s palace in the fictional kingdom of DunBroch in Brave.

Location: Dornie (about 6 hours from Edinburgh by train)


Dunnottar Castle, Scotland (Brave)

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And while you’re at it block off some time to visit Dunnottar Castle, another Scottish castle that was also used as inspiration for Merida’s palace in Brave. Plus, you’ll be blown away by that breathtaking view of the North Sea!

Location: Near Stonehaven (about 2.5 hours from Edinburgh by train)


Dubrovnik, Croatia (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)


Speaking of Star Wars, if you find yourself strolling through the streets of Dubrovnik, you might start to think you’re somewhere familiar. That’s because you’re walking through the city of Canto Bight from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, aka where Finn and Rose went to recruit the “Master Codebreaker” — and wreaked havoc in the process!

Location: take a walk along Stradun, the main street in Dubrovnik


Skellig Michael, Ireland (Star Wars)

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YES, you can go off to find Luke Skywalker in self-exile on the planet of Ach-To! (But actually, it’s an island in Ireland…) For a fun Star Wars trip, take a boat from Portmagee to the island of Skellig Michael, which was featured in both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Location: off the coast of Portmagee (about 5 hours from Dublin by car)


Château de Chillon, Switzerland (The Little Mermaid)

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If you’re a mermaid at heart, then you HAVE to visit the Château de Chillon, which inspired Prince Eric’s Castle where Ariel finds her “happily ever after.” And you’re gonna love this even more: there’s a small beach right near the castle (just like in the movie!) that’s PERFECT for snapping those mermaid pics for Instagram. #YoureWelcome

Location: Veytaux (about 3 hours from Zurich by train)


Matterhorn Mountain, Switzerland (Disneyland)

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You can also experience a bit of real-life Disneyland magic by visiting the ACTUAL Matterhorn Mountain in the Swiss Alps. You could climb it (if you’re feeling adventurous) or simply admire it from the nearby village of Zermatt.

Location: Near Zermatt (about 3.5 hours from Zurich by train)


Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany (Disneyland and Walt Disney World)

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If you could only pick ONE European “Disney” castle to visit, it’d have to be Neuschwanstein Castle. It was the primary source of inspiration for the design of Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle (and you can totally see the similarities), and its architecture is also reminiscent of Cinderella Castle in Disney World! And yes, you are able to explore the inside of this gorgeous palace as if you were a Disney princess. 👑

Location: Schwangau (about 8 hours from Berlin by train)


Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany (Pinocchio and Beauty and the Beast)

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This quaint Bavarian town served as inspiration for Pinocchio’s village in the 1940 animated film, but it also has vibes of Belle’s “little town” from Beauty and the Beast — complete with the fountain where she sings about her favorite book.

In fact, St. George’s Fountain in the main square of Rothenburg ob der Tauber even inspired the set designers of the live-action Beauty and the Beast, who created a near-identical one for Belle’s village on the soundstage set.

Location: Rothenburg ob der Tauber (about 5 hours from Berlin by train)


Alcázar de Segovia, Spain (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)

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We also have to discuss the inspiration for the OG Disney castle: Snow White’s Castle in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Rumor has it that Walt Disney modeled the Evil Queen’s castle in the film after the Alcázar de Segovia, and the similarities are undeniable. Not only can you tour the castle, you can also climb up its 152-step tower to get a stunning view of the palace grounds (as if you were glancing down from Snow White’s balcony!)

Location: Near Segovia (about 2 hours from Madrid by train)


Temple of Olympian Zeus, Greece (Hercules)

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Obviously you can’t go to Greece without experiencing the history of Greek mythology, art, and architecture — aka the foundation of everything you see in Hercules! Start by visiting the Temple of Olympian Zeus, where Zeus would have fatherly chats with Hercules by possessing the iconic statue of himself in the temple (unfortunately the statue no longer remains.)

Location: Zappeio, Athens


Porch of the Caryatids, Greece (Hercules)

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Or, if you identify with Megara, you could swing by the Porch of the Caryatids to sing “I Won’t Say (I’m In Love)” with your backup singers.

Location: at the Erechtheion in Athens


Akershus Fortress, Norway (Frozen)

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If you’re a Frozen fan, then you HAVE to visit the inspiration for Anna and Elsa’s castle: the Akershus Fortress in Oslo, where you can run through the halls singing like Anna. (Don’t actually do that though…)

Location: Sentrum, Oslo


St. Olaf’s Church, Norway (Frozen)


Bergen, Norway (Frozen)

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And if you’d like to experience the culture of a kingdom like Arendelle, then Bergen is exactly what you’re looking for. The city is even surrounded by gorgeous mountains that are reminiscent of where Elsa fled and built her ice castle.

Location: Bergen (about 7.5 hours from Oslo by train, or an hour by plane)

What other Disney locations are on your bucket list? Tell us in the comments!