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Castle in Switzerland That Inspired 'The Little Mermaid' Is Fairy-Tale-Worthy

It inspired Prince Eric's home.

One of the things that is so impressive about the architecture at Walt Disney World is the fact that the park's Imagineers have taken inspiration from different locations and buildings from all over the world. Even if you're traveling to somewhere in Europe instead of a theme park, you might see glimpses of something that looks a little familiar to you. That includes the famous castles, too. 

Like more than one Disney movie, The Little Mermaid was inspired by the Danish fairytale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. And now, thanks to a TikTok video from @rebekahlynnkalis, we can get a peek at the real life inspiration for Prince Eric's castle from the movie. 

Not only is this an absolutely gorgeous scene, with or without the tie to one of the most beloved animated Disney movies, but we can definitely see why a structure like this would have been so inspiring to those who made the movie. It definitely looks suitable for royalty! 

According to Wander Disney, this is called Chillon Castle, and it was built in the Bronze Age. It can be found on Lake Geneva, and while there are no princes living there with their mermaid princesses, it is a museum these days, and of course, you can see Disney's take on it at Magic Kingdom when you ride Under The Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid in Fantasyland. 

Those who have been there are singing the castle's praises in the comments, though we can't argue with one person's request to add a mermaid statue outside.

"I've been there, it's such an interesting castle and the view is beautiful. Highly recommend checking it out!" one visitor shared.

If you happen to be in the area and are a Disney fan, it definitely looks worth visiting. So cool!