Travel around Europe with your favourite Disney films

Want to go on a tour of Europe? Discover these mythical places from the Disney movies, and follow in the footsteps of your favorite heroes.

Disney cartoons travel across Europe

Although Disney is an American company, the firm loves to travel the lands of the old continent to take its heroes on great adventures all over Europe. Let’s have a look around.

1. Ratatouille

Dreaming of becoming a great cook, the rat Rémy enters the kitchens of the gourmet restaurant Chez Gusteau. He meets in epic conditions Alfredo Linguini, a clerk who is not very gifted and clumsy. While a rapprochement between the two characters at first seems unthinkable, they then form a shock team. The Tour d’Argent was used as a place of inspiration to imagine the façade of Chez Gusteau, a place to be found in our Paris guide of the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels.

Address : 15-17 quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris

2. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame is also part of the Disney landscape with the famous Hunchback of Notre-Dame, the story of Quasimodo, in love with Esmeralda, not daring to show himself or leave the famous cathedral. A must-see. The most visited historical monument in France has been long awaited. It took 182 years to complete (1163-1345). A star of pop culture that can be found in Amélie, Is Paris Burning?, Notre-Dame de Paris by Jean Delannoy or the song Belles of Paris by the Beach Boys.

Address : 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. John Paul II, 75004 Paris

3. Sleeping Beauty

Castle of Neuschwanstein in Schwangau in Bavaria (Germany). (CC BY-SA 3.0 of / Thomas Wolf)
Castle of Neuschwanstein in Schwangau in Bavaria (Germany). (CC BY-SA 3.0 of / Thomas Wolf)

You can’t miss Neuschwanstein Castle if you are a Disney fan. Visible in Sleeping Beauty, erected in California’s first Disneyland in 1955 and then logo of Walt Disney studios, the castle is everywhere. Yet they are not the only ones to be inspired by it. The castle also served as a model for Hades in Saint Seiya, the fortress of Eyrie in Game of Thrones and is also visible in One Piece.

Address: Neuschwanstein Castle, Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany

4. Frozen

View of Austrian village of Hallstatt from the lake (CC BY 2.0 / Kevin Poh)
View of Austrian village of Hallstatt from the lake (CC BY 2.0 / Kevin Poh)

As we explained in our article Hallstatt, the “real” city of Frozen, victim of its successthe small Austrian town is no longer quiet since some Instagrammers thought that Hallstatt was the perfect model of Arrandelle, the kingdom of Frozen. If its contours strongly resemble, the producers have always defended themselves from having used this city of the Alps. The citadel of Akerhus or the royal residence of Stiftsgården in Trondheim, both in Norway, would be the real inspirations. Nevertheless, you can go and sing “Libéré, délivrée” in Hallstatt like thousands of tourists. No one will hold it against you.

Address: Kernmagazinpl. 23, 4830 Hallstatt, Austria

5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The splendid Spanish Alcazar castle in Segovia inspired the evil queen’s castle in Snow White. Located on a rocky spur overlooking rivers, visitors will have no trouble believing they are in the lair of the evil queen and her magical mirror.

Address : Pl. Reina Victoria Eugenia, s/n, 40003 Segovia, Spain

6. The little mermaid

Chillon Castle in Switzerland (CC BY-SA 4.0 / Christian David)
Chillon Castle in Switzerland (CC BY-SA 4.0 / Christian David)

Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, the castle of Eric, the prince, stands proudly on its banks. It is the castle of Chillon that inspired the one in which Ariel, the ex-Little Mermaid, will now live. Built from 1195, the castle is a mythical stop for Disney fans.

Address : Av. de Chillon 21, 1820 Veytaux, Switzerland

7. Peter Pan

Peter Pan comes to pick up Wendy and her brothers to travel to Neverland, where children never grow up and live without rules. During their journey, Peter Pan makes the siblings twirl over the London rooftops, and the little group stops in front of Big Ben. The 4 characters even land on the minute hand of the famous London monument.

Address: London SW1A 0AA, United Kingdom

Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest (England)

8. Robin Hood

Its name sounds like a myth, but it actually exists. Sherwood Forest is home to the legendary Major Oak. According to legend, this huge oak tree, between 800 and 1000 years old, was used as a hiding place for the big-hearted robber. Trembling Sheriff of Nottingham.

Address: Sherwood Forest, Mansfield, UK

Rebel in Calanais and Dunnottar Castle (Scotland)

9. Rebel

Dunnottar Castle (CC BY 2.0 / Eduardo Unda)
Dunnottar Castle (CC BY 2.0 / Eduardo Unda)

The splendid menhirs of Calanais (12m west of Stornoway off the A859 Isle of Lewis HS2 9DY, United Kingdom), but also the sublime castle of Dunnottar in Scotland serve as a setting for the adventures of Merida, an impetuous young girl who dreams of being an archer rather than a princess.

Address: Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven AB39 2TL, United Kingdom

10. Rapunzel & The Three Musketeers

The Mont-Saint-Michel seen from the sky at sunrise. Photo taken by a drone. (CC BY-SA 4.0 / Amaustan)
The Mont-Saint-Michel seen from the sky at sunrise. Photo taken by a drone. (CC BY-SA 4.0 / Amaustan)

Rapunzel‘s parents’ castle is inspired by a French architectural gem, the Mont Saint-Michel. This atypical commune was built on a rocky island surrounded by water during high tides. The commune has about thirty inhabitants and is one of the most visited tourist sites in France. The sea has a reputation for riding at the speed of a galloping horse, an expression used in The Three Musketeers with Mickey, Donald and Dingo.

Address : Abbey, 50170 le Mont Saint Michel.

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By Damien Duarte

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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