Are you fanatic about the paranormal? Do you want to visit some of the most haunted European places? Well, you have knocked on the right door! Europe’s history is so rich that it is home to places with the scariest places. So prepare for the ride, we’re going to take you to some of the most haunted places in Europe.
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Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle in Scotland occupies the first place in the list of the 10 most haunted places in Europe. Considering the history of Edinburgh Castle, it’s no wonder that it’s been declared one of the most haunted places in the world. The castles date back centuries, with Queen Margaret dying at the castle way back in 1093. Since then countless generations of royalty and military have lived and died in the castle. The problem is that they seem to stick in the castle and haunt people! There have been plenty of sightings and supernatural goings-on over the years, even by skeptics. Ghostly figures have also been witnessed- notably that of an old man wearing an apron as well as a headless drummer boy.
Moosham Castle, Salzburg, Austria
Built around 800 years ago, Moosham Castle is a sort of mix between a fairy tale and a horror story castle. It is often referred to as Witches Castle, and the reasons are pretty clear. This was the location for the trials and executions of thousands of women who were accused of being witches. Now, their ghosts are said to walk the corridors. Locals are even taking the whole horror story thing a step further: The dead bodies of deer and cattle that have been found in the area has indeed led them to speculate that it could be werewolf territory as well!
The Old Vicarage, Borgvattnet, Sweden
The Old Vicarage was built in 1876, and over the following years, residents have reported many strange occurrences. The first sighting came in 1927 when chaplain Nils Hedlund resided there. He reported his laundry being torn down from the clothesline by an unseen force. The next resident, Rudolf Tangden, saw an old woman dressed in gray appear in front of him. He followed her, but as she walked away she completely vanished. The most terrifying of all accounts is a former guest at the house who was woken in the middle of the night to see 3 old women staring at her. Lastly, former resident Erick Lindgren kept a journal recounting many of his experiences in the house, including being thrown out of his chair regularly by an invisible power. The house is now a café/restaurant, where you can get a special certificate for staying overnight! Thus, The Old Vicarage, Borgvattnet has not stolen its reputation as one of the most haunted places in Europe.
Hoia-Baciu Forest, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
It is known as the “Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania” among the ghost hunting community and among paranormal investigators. This area has always been associated with Dracula and other spooky affairs, especially the castles which inspired Mary Shelley and which was home to Vlad the Impaler. However, this haunted forest adds an extra thrill to the story. Some of who have ventured off into the mysterious woods have emerged with unexplained rashes, scratches, burns, and other effects like migraines, nausea, vomiting, and even missing time
Houska Castle, north of Prague, Czech Republic
Believe it or not, this average looking castle is said to be built on a hole, which many believe to be a bottomless pit. According to local legends, the hole is full of evil and demonic monsters. Eventually, the hole was sealed, and the building remains in place to this day. One of the most interesting experiences is that of the human chain. Not just one, but many people claim to have witnessed hundreds of people chained together, with black dogs snarling and nipping at their legs. A very disturbing image to say the least. During World War II, the Nazis also used the very same building to carry out a secret, occult experiments.
Poveglia Island, Italy
Poveglia island occupies the sixth position on our list of the most haunted places in Europe. This small island is located near Venice, Italy. It has been used for various purposes over the years, most notoriously as isolating people who were dying from the Bubonic Plague and the Black Death in the 14th and 17th Centuries respectively. Strange things have happened on the Island ever since. Today the whole island is abandoned, except apparently for the ghosts of disease victims.
Leap Castle, County Offaly, Ireland
You know it’s a rather sinister castle when it has a room known as the ‘Bloody Chapel’. A priest was killed in the chapel, which is how it got its name. Numerous people were imprisoned and executed in the castle and it is said that it is one of the reasons why the castle is haunted. One of the most terrific beings which reside in the castle has been called “It”. “It” is a creature which is small, about the size of a sheep and has a decaying face. It is believed that when “It” appears, it is accompanied by the smell of sulfur and the smell of a decaying corpse… Lovely!
Leap Castle is still privately owned, but it is possible to book a tour. Venture within and you, too, could have some terrifying ghostly experiences…
Raynham Hall, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Raynham Hall is haunted by the famous “Brown Lady,” named after the brown brocade dress she is often seen wearing. She is said to be the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole, who lived from 1686 to 1726 She was the second wife of Charles Townshend, who was notorious for his violent temper. The story says that when Townshend discovered that his wife had committed adultery with Lord Wharton he punished her by locking her in her rooms in the family home. She died there, and her soul is said to haunt the castle to this day. The Brown Lady has since been spotted many times. In 1936, a photographer snapped an iconic photo of her descending the staircase. It appeared in Country Life magazine and then again in Life magazine. Some thought her image to be a smudge on the lens or a result of overexposure, others regarded it as a real photo of the Brown Lady herself.
Where to stay:
While you are setting out on your “spooky journey”, you may want to talk a little break and change the whole scenery. Two birds with one stone! Thus, you can walk around the vicinity and even consider staying over for one or a couple of nights. There are plenty of wonderful hotels, especially around London.
Château de Brissac, Maine-et-Loire, France
This gorgeous French castle goes back as far as the 11th Century. And apart from being the tallest castle in France, it is also known for something quite sinister. The double murder that took place within its walls in the 15th century has had lasting repercussions for those who visit. It is indeed said that the owner’s wife enjoyed having extramarital affairs. One day, her husband snapped, brutally killing both his wife and her lover. But since then, their cries are said to echo around the Château de Brissac, haunting everyone who stays there. There have even been sightings of a woman who walks the corridors – the ghost of the woman who met her end at the hands of her husband. La Dame Verte, or “Green Lady,” as they call her, is always seen wearing a green dress, with terrible gaping holes where her eyes and nose once were.
Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, England
Last and not least in our selection of the 10 most haunted places in Europe is the Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire in English. Thought by some to be the most Haunted place in England, the Ram Inn has a dark history. The location of the Ancient Ram Inn is believed to have been a place of pagan ritual, including devil worship and child sacrifices, which is just one reason behind the supernatural activity. But the sinister story doesn’t end there. Over 5,000 years ago the property was the site of a Pagan burial ground. One can sense a general feeling of malevolence at the Ram, and many have claimed to be pulled or touched by invisible forces. The current owner of the building reported being dragged out of his bed during his first night there. He later discovered evidence of ritual sacrifice, including two child skeletons underneath the staircase. He continues to experience hauntings to this day.