Visit Real-Life Locations That Inspired Disney Princess Castles

Many of us dreamed of living in magical castles and being swept away by our very own Prince Charming. But what if you could actually live in — or visit) the Disney Princess castles in real life?

Turns out, you can.

From Segovia, Spain to Agra, India these magnificent structures were used as models for your favorite Disney princess movies. Check out what we found.

“Sleeping Beauty” (1959) 

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The 1959 animated musical fantasy film begins like this: “In a far away land, long ago, lived a king and his fair queen. Many years had they longed for a child and finally their wish was granted. A daughter was born, and they called her Aurora.”

Beautiful baby Aurora’s life is cut short, when the evil queen, Maleficent, curses her with death on her sixteenth birthday. Luckily, one of Aurora’s three good fairies interrupts the curse and transforms Aurora’s death into a permanent sweet-slumber. And, Sleeping Beauty is born. When her sixteenth birthday arrives, the fairies take Aurora to the highest tower while she safely sleeps protected from Maleficent. 

The castle and the incredible towers featured in the film are based on a real castle in Bavaria Germany. Check out the next image to see what Sleep Beauty’s castle was inspired by.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

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Hidden in the German Alps, lies the Neuschwanstein Castle. This magical fortress is an enchanting relic of the past with murals lining its interior walls. In fact, it was these details that drew Walt Disney to model Aurora’s castle after this treasure. 

Its construction was prompted by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who was known as the “Fairy Tale King.” Ludwig II got the nickname for his fascination with mystical fortresses. 

During his reign, he built a number of intricate castles that were inspired by fairy tales, Germanic sagas, and Richard Wagner’s masterpieces.