Europe is a hotbed of occult activity. Across the continent there are strange places that will chill you to the bone. Be afraid, be very afraid…
10. CHÂTEAU DE BRISSAC, MAINE-ET-LOIRE, FRANCE
This impressive Renaissance Castle is stalked by one of the most terrifying ghosts in the world – the Green Lady. Her moans are heard throughout the castle each night and she terrorizes the castle’s guests. Those who have seen her say there are horrible black holes where her eyes should be.
9. HOIA BACIU FOREST, TRANSYLVANIA
This spooky Romanian forest has the locals on edge. UFO sightings, strange warped trees and a girl who disappeared for five years only to return without having aged a day – these are just some of the stories that make this place one of the most supernatural destinations in Europe.
Beneath the streets of Paris there lies a dark secret. A haunted network of tunnels, caverns and crypts that is said to contain the souls of the dead and the damned. There are many stories of people getting lost in the catacombs, never to be found – leading to its nickname ‘The Devil’s Maze.’
There aren’t many things more chilling than medieval torture. This Dutch museum takes visitors through the full range of gory punishments from the middle ages. Witches and heretics were often the most tragic victims of torture during these times and this museum brings this troubling history to life.
6. MIRANDA CASTLE, BELGIUM
The secluded forest location of this 19th century castle is like something straight out of an Edgar Allan Poe short story. The history behind it is equally chilling. It was privately owned until WWII before being turned into an orphanage. Yet in 1991 it became too expensive to maintain and was abandoned. Old dolls and children’s toys lie strewn across the dilapidated interior. Would you visit this place at night?
5. PRIPYAT, UKRAINE
This eerie ghost town in northern Ukraine was abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Rare photographs have revealed rotting buildings, peeling paintwork and sad reminders of a once thriving city. High radiation levels mean that the town will remain uninhabited for centuries to come.
4. THE CATACOMBS OF PALERMO, SICILY
This macabre crypt in the south of Italy draws visitors from around the world to gape at its ghoulish contents. Mummies. Thousands of them. Originally created in the 16th century to preserve important monks, before long everybody started doing it. The last mummifcations took place in the 1920’s – some of which are remarkably well preserved, including 2 year old Rosalia Lombardo. Freaky.
3. BRAN CASTLE
Bran Castle is famous as Count Dracula’s mountainous lair, but the atrocities here weren’t limited to fictional tales of vampirism. During the 15th century, the infamous Romanian warlord Vlad the Impaler killed and pillaged extensively in the area. The ominous halls of Bran Castle attract modern day vampire hunters in search of the Count himself.
This royal building has had many uses throughout its 1000 year history, most notably as a torture chamber and prison for disgraced public figures. Hundreds of ghosts are said to haunt the building, each with their own frightening personality. One likes to push guards and visitors down staircases – watch out!
1. EDINBURGH CASTLE
Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, is home to many stories of ghosts and apparitions. The city’s most iconic building, Edinburgh Castle is quite possibly a gateway to the netherworld. Visitors to the castle have encountered phantom pipers, headless drummers, damned prisoners and even the ghost of a dog. Go see for yourself, if you dare…
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