5. Savoca, Italy – The Godfather

Bar Bitelli in Savoca still remains as a functioning restaurant. This is where Michael Corleone asked Apollonia’s father to meet his daughter. The views from here are spectacular and the experiences of the small Sicilian villages are precious.
Godfather Bar - Savoca Italy
Godfather Bar – Savoca Italy

4. Neuschwanstein castle, Germany – Sleeping Beauty

Ok, so everyone remembers Disney growing up and so many kids would love nothing more than visit Disney world, but what can better than seeing the real thing!  The castle was built by King Ludwig II in 1886 – he was a very shy guy and built the castle so he could retreat to its seclusion and solitude.  The castle and its setting is idyllic but be forewarned that the crowds can be a bit overwhelming – with over 6000 visitors a day in the summer – plan well!
Neuschwanstein castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein castle, Germany

3. Doune Castle, Scotland – Monty Python

“Who goes there?”

“It is I, Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon, from the castle of Camelot. King of the Britons, defeater of the Saxons, Sovereign of all England!… I am, and this is my trusty servant Patsy. We have ridden the length and breadth of the land in search of knights who will join me in my court at Camelot. I must speak with your lord and master.”

“What? Ridden on a horse?”

“Yes!”

“You’re using coconuts!” That’s right Monthy Python fans, This is the castle that kicks off Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and while not particularly impressive, isn’t that the point?  We highly suggest grabbing some coconuts and making your way over.  In fact, you can even take an audio tour narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones ! Here is a snippet from the audiotour!  MontyPython AudioTour – Doune Castle  
Doune Castle Scotland
Doune Castle Scotland

 2. Scotland Loch’s – Harry Potter

Cheating a little bit here, there are several incredible Loch’s that set the backdrop of to a number of Harry Potter films including Goblet of Fire, Chamber of Secrets, and The Prison of Azkaban which we would like to highlight.  True, there are many fantastic places in the British Isles worth a Harry Potter visit and we can probably do a post just for Harry Potter locations – we thought a few Lochs would be a good addition, especially since you are already in Scotland from post selection number 3! Loch Shiel and the Train Bridge – This epic landscape and bridge pops up in all three films:
Glenfinnan Viaduct - harry potter
Glenfinnan Viaduct – harry potter
Hagrid skips stones at Loch Eilt. Steal Falls, a waterfall at the base of Ben Nevis. Also, the Loch is the place where Harry’s battle with a dragon for the Triwizard Tournament in The Goblet of Fire.
Loch Eilt. Steal Falls - Harry Potter
Loch Eilt. Steal Falls – Harry Potter

 1. Croatia Plitvice lake – Avatar land

This European oasis is so vivid, magical, crystal-clean, it is challenging to remember that the place is 100% real. Plitvice Lakes National Park  is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register. The landscape, full of surreal water falls and marine blue water is definitely a destination of a lifetime. The park and its incredible cascading pools can be explored by foot, bus or rowboat.  The mineral rich water is also said to have healing power so dive on in!!!  
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Underwater
Plitvice Underwater