Visit Real-Life Locations That Inspired Disney Princess Castles

Chateau de Chillon, Lake Geneva, Switzerland

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This island castle in Switzerland was the inspiration for Prince Eric’s fortress in The Little Mermaid

Located on Lake Geneva, it’s glacial waters don’t make it look like the tropical paradise in the film. Nonetheless, Chateau de Chillon remains one of the most visited castles in Europe and has been deemed a Swiss Cultural Property of National Significance.  

The castle was built in the 10th century on limestone rock and was once a Roman outpost and prison. 

While the castle saw an influx of people throughout its time, it received the most attention in the 18th century. It especially attracted romantic writers like Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Gustave Flaubert. 

And eventually, it attracted Walt Disney.