This Couple Built A Fairytale Castle in Transylvania — And It's As Magical As It Sounds

Is this real life or the setting of a Disney film?

When many people think of Transylvania, Romania's most famous region, Dracula and his castle often come to mind.

In the notorious vampire's homeland, one couple recently built another castle — and it looks like it came straight out of a Disney movie.

Razvan and Gabriela Vasile decided to sell their home outside Bucharest to build the "Clay Castle of the Valley of Fairies" (Castelul de Lut Valea Zanelor in Romanian). Nestled in the Transylvanian countryside 24 miles from the nearest city, Sibiu, the eco-conscious castle is made of 100 percent organic clay, straw and sand, with all wooden pillars. 

Though it's been compared more to a cottage "out of the hobbit" than a traditional castle, it's nonetheless committed to its fairytale roots. No modern paint or varnish covers any part in or on the castle. 

While Transylvania might not seem like a natural tourist destination, Lonely Planet actually named it as their number one "Top Region" in their "Best of Travel 2016" awards, due to "an ever-increasing number of art galleries, good value ski resorts and epic nature tours." 

The Clay Castle of The Valley of The Fairies is no exception.

On either side of the petite palace are some pretty "epic nature" sites. Though it's a six hour drive to the Carpathian Mountains, travelers can make a pit stop at medieval and picturesque Sibiu. In the other direction, tourists can take the scenic and famous Transfagarasan highway to the Făgăraș Mountains

Of course, the castle itself has already been deemed a tourist attraction in its own right and has even hosted a couple of weddings. 

From one couple's fairytale to another, this castle is one for the storybooks — and the guidebooks, too.

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(H/T: BBC News)