The world is full of beautiful places, however, believe it or not, we often find ourselves confusing fictional destinations with real-life places! Whether you have seen it in a film or tv show, read about it, or saw an amazing photo of a breathtaking photoshopped place on social media, we can easily believe that some places are real when they are, unfortunately, very much not.
Although having places like Hogwarts, Genovia or Central Perk be real-life destinations would be absolutely ideal, we can't always get what we want. From childhood dreams to fan favorite locations from 'Game of Thrones', 'Harry Potter' or 'The Hobbit', here are the 25 places that don't exist, but we thought did.
If you are still waiting for your acceptance letter to Hogwarts, then we are sorry to inform you, that you'll most likely be waiting for a very long time! Whether you are a beloved fan of the 'Harry Potter' series, or simply an admirer of Rowling's work, then you definitely know about Hogwarts! Although many of us believe that the castle itself is real, it, unfortunately, isn't. According to the Huffington Post, the exterior of certain shots was filmed on location at Alnwick Castle, while some interior shots were filmed at Durham Cathedral. However, the school in its entirety is non-existent and is made up of shots from countless locations across the United Kingdom.
24 Arkham Asylum
Arkham Asylum is a location in the popular series 'Batman', which many fans are familiar with! Although this can easily be a spot that exists in the real world, we're sorry to tell you that it isn't. The Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane is definitely a fictional psychiatric hospital, regardless of how real it appears to be, it was created solely for filming purposes, claims Cracked. Although it doesn't actually exist, you can still visit the destination that inspired its creation. According to Gizmodo, the Danvers State Insane Asylum was the inspiration for Arkham Asylum in the 'Batman' comic book series!
23 Central Perk
We have all dreamt of heading over to Central Perk with five of our beloved friends to gab, gossip and just hang out! If you aren't familiar with Central Perk, it is the popular hangout spot where the cast of 'FRIENDS' would hang out. According to Travel + Leisure, you can actually visit the set of Central Perk, however, you won't be able to drink any real coffee, or even have to go to New York City to see it. The set is located at Warner Brother Studios in Los Angeles, California, where countless fans visit each year to take a pic on that famous sofa. Although it doesn't actually exist, it's great that the set was preserved to be admired by the show's fans.
It is no secret that countless people grew up thinking the lost island of Atlantis was real! Despite the convincing tales we've been told, heard or read about, the island itself is totally made up! According to BBC, Atlantis is a fictional island that is mentioned within an allegory on the hubris of nations in Plato's work 'Timaeus and Critias'. It was believed that this piece of work illustrated a sunken city that no longer exists, however, it's important to know, that never existed in the first place! Plato can definitely be irritating considering his work was a mix of both fact and fiction, and it goes without saying that much of it is truly convincing.
21 El Dorado
Many of us have always wondered whether the city of El Dorado, known to be swimming in gold exists or not! The 'Lost City of Gold', has led to countless conquests in search of this plethora of wealth waiting to be found, however, no such city has been found. According to National Geographic, although believed to be real, this city is supposedly made up entirely of gold, does not in fact exist. It is no doubt the stuff of legends and dreams, however, that is exactly where the lost city of El Dorado will remain, in our dreams!
For those of you who read or have been told the story of King Arthur, Merlin or the famous sword set in stone, then it was truly easy to believe that Camelot, the location where much of this was held, existed! Despite the compelling stories, it does not. According to Live Science, Camelot is a mythical castled city that is said to be located somewhere in Great Britain, where King Arthur himself held court. It was also the popularly known location of the round table that held over 150 knights, however, no such thing ever really existed, especially not in the way the story tells it!
19 The Bermuda Triangle (the myths behind it)
The Bermuda Triangle is one mystery that just can't be solved! Also known as the Devil's Triangle or Hurricane Allery, this location is a loosely-defined region in the western part of the North Atlantic. Although the location does in fact exist, the mysteries behind it are known to be nothing but a myth! According to Independent UK, there is no evidence that explains the legends of ships and aircrafts going missing, leaving many to believe that the danger behind the Bermuda Triangle is completely made up. Regardless of what you may or may not believe, this infamous oceanic triangle and the mystery that comes with it is surely nothing but fiction, until proved otherwise that is!
18 Fairy Pools, Scotland
A photo that surfaced on the web a few years back led many to believe this spectacularly pink and purple destination exists in Scotland, and although it does, it looks absolutely nothing like what we've been led to believe. The Fairy Pools are located on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, however, there is no trace of those magenta trees anywhere! According to Indie88, the photo was edited to create the illusion that it does, and although you won't find this exact place flourishing with the photoshopped colours, the real Fairy Pools are still a beautiful destination in Scotland that we would definitely recommend visiting if given the opportunity.
17 Moon & Star Island, Maui
Hawaii is home to some of the most beautiful islands, mountains, waterfalls, and seaside views, however, it's important to know that not everything you see, is real! One image, in particular, is of a crescent moon and star island, and although this would so cool if it were real, it is, unfortunately, not! The destination does half-exist though, however, according to Tripping, the star has been photoshopped in on purpose! The moon-like island does, in fact, exist, off the coast of Maui, however, you won't be finding a star beside it any time soon despite the amazing photoshop skills behind the fake photo.
16 Castle Island
This insane structure is absolutely stunning and seems to be nearly impossible, however, that's because it is! This image, known as 'Castle Island' has been around for quite some time now, leading many to believe that it truly does exist! We hate to pop your dream bubble, but this is yet another example of prime photoshop skills. According to Irish Central, this "island", is a combination of the beautiful standing rocks of Khao Phing Kan Island in Thailand, topped off with a portion of the Lichtenstein Castle, in Germany to create this amazing structure. Despite it looking quite realistic, it is a photoshopped illusion that proves just how talented some people can be with editing software!
15 Temple of Lysistrata, Greece
Next up on the list is yet another breathtaking destination that is one for the books! Located in none other than the beautiful country of Greece, the Temple of Lysistrata is one place everyone should visit, however, you should be sure just what you're heading to. Although it may appear to be a stunning structure, it is yet another photoshopped illusion. The beach itself is real, however, the formation above is just rock, however, according to RaodTrippers, the ceiling of the Pantheon in Rome was photoshopped here!
14 The Capitol, Panem
The Capitol, known as the vibrant and advanced city of Panem, is the main location of the film 'The Hunger Games'. Although it appears to be a completely feasible city, along with its various districts, The Capitol is an entirely fictional location. According to SciFi Stack Exchange, Panem and The Capitol are known to be located in North America, while no other nations or civilized societies beyond Panem are ever mentioned, which ties solely into the story, and has absolutely nothing to do with real-life events. It's best there isn't a Capitol, and especially a President Snow.
Riverdale has become one of the most popular shows on television and Netflix, with a main demographic of tween and teens! Although Riverdale comes off as a proper location somewhere in the United States, it's important to know that no such place exists. According to Romper, Riverdale was inspired by numerous locations across America, mainly New York, and is quite easily believable as a real city based off its small-town feel, however, it's all for TV!
12 Genovia, Princess Diaries
Next up on the list is one location that we're almost sure does exist, even though we know for a fact that it does not. Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews starred in 'The Princess Diaries' a tale about an average San Francisco teenager who becomes the heir to the throne of none other than Genovia! Growing up you were fooled into believing Genovia is a real-location somewhere in Europe, however, we've been deceived! According to Bustle, the country is a play on Italy's Genoa and Switzerland's Geneva, giving off the illusion of it being a legitimate country. With an embassy, a royal family, and their own government, Disney sure did do a great job at making us believe this place existed.
11 Gotham City
If you've ever watched any Batman TV shows, seen the films or read the comic books, you'll know enough about Gotham City to think that is truly a real city, or at least an area of New York City or Chicago, however, it's really just a made up location! According to Gotham Alleys, the city was inspired after similar cities such as New York, New Jersey, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Chicago, where a lot of the filming took place for the films. Although a real-life Gotham City would be cool, we'll just have to settle for the fictional version for now.
10 The Shire
The Shire is a notorious location for those Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit fans out there! Although this place is both real and fake, it's important to know that you won't actually find any Hobbits there. According to New Zealand.com, much of the filming for these movies took place in the town of Matamata, New Zealand, where they built a real life Hobbiton, and decided to leave it there as a permanent attraction. Surely Hobbiton is not a recognized location, however, it does, in fact, exist in regards to the set being left over for fans to enjoy!
9 Ngyen Khag Taktsang Monastery
We have found ourselves at yet another deceiving destination! This glorious location known as the Ngyen Khag Taktsang Monastery can be found in China, however, you won't be finding exactly what you might have seen previously. This stunning destination with standing rocks taller than imaginable is yet another photoshopped viral image. Although the tall rock formations are there, the carving of Buddha statues within one of them is totally edited, says Pale of Future. Believe it or not, the person responsible for this edit, who goes by the online name of Aristophanes, is also the mastermind behind previous photoshopped images as well!
8 King's Landing
Any Game of Thrones fan can recognize this location right away, however, you may or may not be aware that the kingdom of King's Landing does not actually exist! Although the kingdom's capital city and home to the Iron Throne would make for a stellar real-life destination, we're here to break your hearts and let you know that is, in fact, a work of fiction. According to Losapos, King's Landing was filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia, which was a fitting choice considering its gorgeous seaside locale and fortifying walls, working perfectly as the destination of choice for filming King's Landing.
7 Quahog City
If Quahog doesn't ring a bell, it is the town in which the Griffin's of 'Family Guy' live! 31 Spooner Street is the home to Peter, Lois, Chris, Meg, Stewie and Brian, and is located in Quahog, Rhode Island. Apart from the cartoon aspect of it all, Quahog does sound like a real-life location, making many people believe that is it, however, it is all fictional. Rhode Island is, in fact a real State, however, Quahog was completely made up for the sake of creating a city for the show, says The FW.
In addition to cartoon cities not being real, it's important to know that Springfield, the city in which The Simpsons takes place, is fiction as well! According to Gizmodo, Springfield is intended to be an "Anytown, USA", and not a specific real town. Although it may not be represented as a real town, the show's producers have opened up about using their own hometowns as the inspiration behind Springfield. In this case, Portland, Oregon and Springfield, Massachusetts, were used in order to create the non-existent city of Springfield from The Simpsons.
5 Loch Ness Monster Lair, Scotland
The Lochness Monster has been a myth for quite some time now, however, people still believe that the apparent sightings are in fact real, however, evidence leads to it being completely non-existent. According to Inverse, Loch Ness is a large and deep loch in the Scottish Highlands, which is the home to supposed sightings of the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster, however, it has been proven time and time again that the lair in which many believe the Loch Ness Monster lives, is completely a myth!
4 Shangri-La, China
Shangri-La often known as the extremely luxurious hotels across the globe is, in fact, a real-life destination, however, the glitz and the glamorous aspect that people think of when you hear Shangri-La is far from the truth. According to The Telegraph, Shangri-La is a county-level city in the Yunnan province of China. Despite its paradise illusion, there is more to Shangri-La that people don't know about it, including some less than fabulous views and areas that aren't so "Shangri-La" in many people's books!
3 Dracula's Castle
Dracula's Castle is next up on the list, and believe it or not, no such place actually exists! It's important to know that "Dracula" was a character created by Bram Stoker and made it into a Hollywood movie, says Romanian Tourism. In this case, there is no actual "Dracula Castle", nor was Dracula a blood-sucking vampire as depicted on-screen. Although many have been led to believe that Bran Castle is the home of Dracula, this was home to Vlad The Impaler back in the 13th century, who is said to have inspired the character of Dracula.
2 Costa Luna, Princess Protection Program
Next up on the list is yet another royal family deception! Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez both starred in Disney's 'Princess Protection Program', where a Princess from Costa Luna escapes to America as her home country is in danger. Although Costa Luna sounds like it would be a real country considering they spoke their own language, had their own form of government and a royal family, however, it was completely made up. According to MTV, the film came up with the name Costa Luna solely for showbiz purposes, however, with similar places such as Costa Rica, Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol, it would only make sense that Costa Luna be a real-life destination too!
1 Basin City, Sin City
Last up on the list is none other than Sin City, and we aren't talking about Las Vegas. Basin City, the main location of the notorious film series 'Sin City', is often times mistaken as a real place, however, it is not! According to Movie Stack Exchange, Basin City is a completely fictional city inspired by various cities across the United States, including Los Angeles. Although the film did a great job at making viewers believe it was, in fact, real, it's yet another deceiving destination that does not exist.