Halloween doesn't always have to be about ghouls, spirits and screams. After all, here at Pen Pals friendship is no scary fiction story.

Quite the contrary, we celebrate real and genuine friendships that will keep you from telling friend horror stories in the future.

Much like the beauty and magic of friendship, our wonderful world is full of awesome and real places.

These castles will make you feel like you are in an alternative universe taken straight from a fairy tale.

In the spirit of Halloween, we want to highlight these 5 fairy tale-like, but very real, castles around the world.

Chillion Castle


Veytaux, Switzerland

Chillion Castle opened in 1160 A.D.. The castle is also an island on Lake Geneva. This castle is at the far west of Switzerland and close to the French border.

If you replace the colors with a painting filter, it would be hard to tell the difference between this place and one taken from Hansel & Gretel.

Eltz Castle


Wierscheme, Germany

Located in west Germany, this high-rock castle makes you wonder whether you're on planet earth or playing a part in Game of Thrones.

But don't let the dragon imagery fool you. This is a real castle, owned by the Eltz family since the 12th century.

Neuschwanstein Castle


Schwangau, Germany

This castle, located southwest of Bavaria, Germany exemplifies royalty, tradition, and Disney magic.

"Why it does!" you may be thinking.

And that's because the Disney castle you see at their parks and in their logo was, in fact, inspired by the Neuschwanstein Castle.

Unlike the other castles previously mentioned, the Neuschwanstein Castle was constructed in the 19th century.

It even served as a retreat for Richard Wagner, one of Germany's most accomplished composers. His most famous composition is the incredible The Ride of the Valkyries.

Eilean Donan Castle

Dornie, United Kingdom


This castle is located in western Scotland and has been around since the 13th century. It underwent a restoration in the 2oth century.

Can this be the castle from the Disney film Brave?

It might as well be since the green pastures of the Scottish highlands will have you dreaming about the time of old.

Sometimes reality exceeds fiction, and this magical castle will have you thinking of a simpler time.  

Oberhofen Castle

Oberhofen, Switzerland


This middle ages masterpiece is a highly-revered building among the Swiss.

Even though the castle changed  owners and families, it has remained an architecture wonder that exemplifies Switzerland's rich traditions and gift for folklore.

Looking at this scenery, it's no wonder Swiss folk and fairy tales like Cinderella have had such a huge influence around the world.

However you choose to spend your Fall season, creating your own fantasy or visiting these fairy tale-like lands, it's good to know our world is still magical.