Nobody is scared of travelling, unless it is the nightmares of packing, or the premonitions of standing in queues. But what if take you to the most haunted places around the world. You might believe in ghosts or you might not, but there are sure places that spook the bravest of travelers. Right from abandoned castles to thrilling forests these places will get you on the edge. We agree that nobody would like to spooked during their trip, but if you seek such excitement then these places are for you.
In this blog we have listed some of the most haunted places around the world. If not all, then least some of them should be on your bucket list for a different and thrilling experience.
Poveglia, Venice, Italy
Poveglia is a group of 3 small islands. It is an entirely abandoned island just to the southwest end of Lido di Venezia. It was a former plague quarantine site which was later converted into a psychiatric hospital. It is believed that more than 50% of the island earth is made of human ash. Tens of thousands of people were burnt and disposed into plague pits.
There is another story about this place that the doctor or the director of the asylum jumped from the clock tower to take his own life. He was infamous for doing experiments and lobotomies on patients.
It is believed that the island is haunted by those dead patients. Now the island is closed for visit, but you can take special permission from municipality if you are film maker, photographer, or researcher.
Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India
The 17th century Bhangarh Fort is located in the Alwar district, and was built by Raja Bhagwant Das. The fort has remains of several temples, including Ganesh temple, Hanuman temple and Someshwar temple, royal palace, and public chambers. Inside the fort you will find many mansions, including Nachni ki Haveli or the Dancers Mansion.
As per the legends, a black magician who fell in love with a princess of the fort, couldn’t win her love and cursed it forever to be haunted. The curse went like that is fort will no longer be livable.
In past few unfortunate incidences have happened with tourists that led the archeological survey of India to ban entry of tourists between sunrise and sunset.
Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton under Edge, England
Ancient Ram Inn was built in 1145, and is a former priest residence, a public house, and an inn. It is the oldest building in Wotton under Edge. It falls on the intersection of two Ley lines that can traced back to stone hedge. It is believed that the Inn draws its spiritual powers from Stone hedge. Additionally this inn is also home to 5000 year old pagan burial ground.
As per the legends there was a woman who didn’t practiced government sanctioned Christianity back in 1500’s was burnt here. In her last moment she took refuge in this inn and that room today is called Witch’s room.
Today the inn is occupied by John Humphries, who preserves this inn. He has found the traces of devil worship and many skeletons in the house. Even on his first night in the inn, he claimed that his body was dragged out of the bed across the room by an unknown force.
Queen Mary, Long Beach, California
RMS Queen Mary was a luxury liner back in 1930’s, and big names like Winston Churchill have enjoyed its deck. But in World War 2 it got painted in grey and was dubbed as grey ghost which used to transport soldiers to the battle grounds. In present times it is docked by the long beach of California and serves as a luxury floating hotel.
The legend says that while crossing the Atlantic on its 1001th venture it had recorded 49 deaths. It is believed that their sprits still haunt this ship.
There is a woman dressed in all white that dances in luxury suites, some children from 1930’s era have been spotted on the deck’s pool. You can also expect sudden temperature drops, screams, knocking, crying, and even slamming doors on this ship.
Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada
It was built in 1914, by Sir Henry Pellatt for his wife Mary. This gothic revival style home Casa Loma means house on the hills. Due to the love towards horses of the owner a tunnel was also built between the mansion and the stables. Now it belongs to the city of Toronto, and this house is used for films, museum, wedding location and even historic landmark for its beautiful make and architecture.
Though there were no deaths in the house, but still ghosts haunt it. The popular is lady dressed in white who is believed to be a maid back in 1900’s and shows up during the end of the day.
It is also spotted that spirit of Henry Pellatt who didn’t wanted to leave this house still haunts this house on the second floor which is closed for public. The tunnels of the house are also haunted, by a ghost named Mr. Happy who at times even pulled the hairs of visitors.
St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine Lighthouse is 164 feet tall. It was built in the 1500’s on the northern edge of Anastasia island. It is also the oldest brick structure of the city. The house of the light keepers and their assistants was built much later in 1876. The place is popular for its paranormal activity, while many tourists and nearby residents have experienced its eerie moments.
Legend says that one of the first lighthouse keepers was a man named Peter Rasmussen, who had a great love for cigars. He was one of the first ghosts that visitors encountered here. The smell of his cigars has been claimed to be picked by many travelers here.
The most popular ghosts of the towers are two sisters Eliza and Mary who were daughters of a construction worker and died at the site in an accident. Late at night girls laughing noise can be heard ever since, and Eliza floating the grounds in the same dress that she died.
Akershus Castle, Oslo, Norway
Akershus castle was built in the late 13th century to safe guard the city of Oslo from outside enemies. It is one of the Europe’s most invincible castle. The castle has also been an infamous prison which had held the robin hood of Norway Ole Hoiland as captive. The Germans took it over the castle in World War 2, without even a fight because of political leader Vidkun Quisling who felt connected to Nazis.
The castle is known for being haunted, as visitors experience smells, footsteps and voices. The most popular ghost of castle is the vicious dog who was buried alive near the gates at Maiden Tower.
The place is also popular for its woman ghost who wears a dark long cloak and is without any facia;l features. She is known as Mantelgeisten or the cloaked ghost.
Catacombs, Paris, France
Paris is also home to a big network of underground tunnels that were built to mine limestone that was used to built many of the popular places in Paris. In late 18th century the cemetery of Paris were over flooded, and there was no place left for burial, so catacombs were created and the dead bodies were transferred from graves to these underground tunnels.
The place is estimated to house dead bodies of around 6 Million peoples. There is apparently a punk group in Paris called by the name Cataphiles who break the rules by venturing in these tunnels.
It has been reported that various voices come from these tunnels, which lure you to explore it even further to a point where you get lost.
Hoia Baciu Forest, Transylvania, Romania
Hoia Baciu Forest is located on the outskirts of city Cluj Napoca in Romania. It is spread across 250 hectares of Transylvania. The forest is also often known as the Bermuda Triangle of the Transylvania. The name of the forest was kept after a shepherd and his flock of 200 sheep went missing after entering the forest.
A military technician also claims to have spotted a UFO hovering the forest, and even took pictures of it. The area where this UFO was spotted is now called as The Clearing. Strangely nothing grows in The Clearing.
It is believed that the forest is haunted by the spirits of soldiers who died here during wars. It is also known for its mysterious energy fields which cause dizziness and nausea when you enter.
St. George’s Church, Czech Republic
St. George Church is located in the town of Lukova and was built in the mid 14th century. It has underwent many fires and accidents throughout the years and is a haunted place. It has been deserted since the late 1960’s. It was in 2014 when again the church attracted attention and the inside was fixed with 30 plastered ghosts as a part of renovation.
For people these ghosts are the reminder of the parishioners who lived and cared for the church. Ever since the church has became very popular and people from all across the world visit here.
Today this church is also known as the Ghost Church by many locals, which quite a bizarre name. But this is a place where you can leave guaranteed with a picture alongside ghosts.
Gunnuhver, Reykjanes, Iceland
The region is named after Gunna who lived in the region of Reykjanes Peninsula some 400 years ago. She died of starvation and it is believed that her spirit returned back to murder her landlord and his wife. After the night of the murder the body of the landlord was found in blue and broken, which also spooked the people even in those times.
It is a geo thermal area which also has hot water springs. Soon after the death of the landlord many people started seeing the ghost of Gunna with their bare eyes.
The then Minister helped the locals by giving them a ball of wool, so that Gunna can catch the one end while the ball can be thrown into pool. Since that day Gunna went inside the pool. It is from then it got the name Gunnuhver.
Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa
It was built in 1660’s and is the oldest existing building of South Africa. It was built by the Dutch East India Company to ward off the English invasions. The castle was also used as a Prison in the The Second Boer War. The place is haunted and people have witnessed hearing voices, footsteps from the windowless dungeons of the castle. At times the bell of bell tower rings by itself. It is believed that a soldier hung himself in bell tower and his ghost haunts it till date.
One of the popular ghosts of the castle is a vicious black dog who disappears after plunging on people. Another is a tall man leaping the walls of castle who disappears before hitting the ground.
An argument between a man and a woman is also heard near the guards room. There is also an electric bell that rings when there is nobody around to ring the bell.