23 Haunted places in Europe to visit at your own risk

With the autumn just around the corner, now is the perfect time to consider visiting some of the most haunted places in Europe. Some of these places are surrounded by mystery with scary legends that pass onto generations. Others are much newer but have a rather tragic past. But whether these places are from the 8th or 20th century, they all have one thing in common. The interesting, mysterious history and the unexplainable things that happened there. Even if you’re skeptical, by visiting one of these destinations you’ll get a glimpse into their (more than) interesting history. Mystery is always around the corner in pretty much any European country. You just need to know where to look. With that being said, turn of the lights, get under your cover and prepare to get familiar with some of the creepiest and most mysterious places in Europe. Visit at your own risk

 

Hell Fire Club, Ireland

Hell Fire Club haunted places in Europe

The Hell Fire in Dublin was built as a hunting lodge where Dublin elites used to gather in the 1700s. The ruins of the club are located on the top of Montpellier Hill, overlooking the adjacent Massy Woods. There have been numerous stories about black masses, animal, and even human sacrifice rituals happening in the Hell Fire Club but that’s not all.

Multiple witnesses claim to have seen a satanic-like creature with a human appearance and cloven feet. Another common “visitor” is the ghost of a young lady who is believed to have been burned inside a barrel and rolled down the hill.

Raynham Hall, England

Raynam Hall haunted places in Europe

What appears to be a gorgeous country house in Norfolk is actually one of the spookiest places in England. The hall is a home to the mysterious Brown Lady, rumored to be Lady Dorothy Walpole, who died more than 300 years ago. Ever since her shadowy figure in a brown dress has been haunting everyone who dared to step into the Raynham Hall. One of them was even the King, George IV who stayed here in the 19th century. According to witnesses, he was seen leaving the house saying “I will not pass another hour in this accursed house.”

Ancient Ram Inn, England

Ancient Ram Inn

The Ram Inn is one of the oldest B&B in the western world. According to multiple sources, this structure was used as a pagan burial ground in the past. Several historical books also claim that devil worship and child sacrificing rituals took place in the Ancient Ram Inn. This place is supposedly haunted by more than 20 spirits, including a murdered little girl named Rosie, a high priest, and a real incubus (a male sex demon).

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Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Edinburgh castle haunted places in Europe

Built in the 12th century, this is one of the most impressive but also most haunted places in Edinburgh and all of Scotland. Many people reported suspicions of paranormal activities throughout the year,.. This featured music echoing in the halls (even though there aren’t any instruments in the castle), doors and windows opening and closing on their own, and strange voices whispering in the night. In 2001, the castle was the site of one of the biggest paranormal investigations in human history. The results, however, were never shared with the public.

The Haunted Vicarage of Borgvattnet, Sweden

Vicarage of Borgvattnet

This old vicarage in the small village of Borgvattnet is one of the scariest places in Sweden. Several vicars that used to live here over the years experienced a lot of strange, mysterious activities. The first recorded incident of a paranormal activity happened in 1927 when the vicar Nils Hedlund noticed an unseen force tearing his clothes apart from the line in the yard. Other vicars also reported paranormal activities in the following years. More recently, one visitor that stayed in the guestroom claims she woke up in the middle of the night feeling that someone was watching her and saw three ghostly figures of women crying on the sofa.

Akershus Festning, Norway

Akershus Festning haunted places in Europe

This castle is one of Norway’s most important medieval monuments but is also the most haunted place in the country. The complex includes 67 buildings but only one of them is haunted, according to stories. The most famous stories related to the castle feature Malcanisen, the ghost of the dog that used to protect the castle and the ghost of a no-faced woman named Mantelgeisten that emerges from darkness into a full-length robe.

Beau-Séjour Palace, Portugal

Beau Sejour Palace haunted places in Europe

Even though it looks like an idyllic place, the Beau-Sejour Palace isn’t one of the places you would like to stay in Lisbon. It’s actually one of the creepiest places in Portugal after the sun goes down. The palace is supposedly haunted by the Baron of Gloria, whose ghost has been seen walking around the corridors and gardens of the castle by multiple witnesses. Employees at the palace also claim that objects in the castle move on their own and doors and windows close suddenly. Some visitors also claim to have heard bells ringing, despite the fact that there aren’t any on the property.

Château Miranda, Belgium

Chateau Miranda haunted places in Europe

In its prime, Chateau Miranda was one of the most beautiful castles in Belgium. However, after the 1950s it was used for housing mentally ill patients and today stands completely derelict.  Many people claim to have heard screams coming from the castle despite the fact that no one has been living there for years. That’s why the castle got the nickname Chateau de Noisy.

Château de Brissac, France

Chateau de Brissac

This castle is without a doubt, one of the most haunted places in France. Even the biggest cynics would need some serious determination to make it through a whole night in this castle. According to the legend, Charlotte, daughter of King Charles VII, was killed by her husband after he discovered her affair. After this incident, many guests in the castle claim to have seen her ghost in a green dress walking down the corridors during the night.

Poveglia, Italy

Poveglia

Poveglia is arguably the scariest island in Europe, if not in the world. Series of mysterious activities were detected on the island and that is (probably) the main reason why Poveglia is closed for visitors today. The island was used as an asylum where a mad doctor performed all kinds of gruesome experiments on the patients. The doctor eventually killed himself by jumping from the bell’s tower. The bell was later removed but people from the surrounding islands claim to have heard it echoing in the night in multiple occasions.

Ca’Dario, Italy

Ca'Dario

This architectural masterpiece is known among locals as the ‘house of no return’. This is a well-worthy nickname, considering the bad things that happened to anyone who ever owned this building. The first owner and original designer lost both of his children (murder and suicide) while they lived in the house. After that, 13 successive owners died under mysterious circumstances. Needless to say, this house is abandoned today and doesn’t have an owner.

 Wolfsegg Castle, Germany

Wolfsegg Castle

Reports of hauntings in the Wolfsegg Castle date back to the 1500s. Similarly like the Chateau Miranda, the owner of the castle killed his wife after finding out about her affair. Shortly afterward, he and his two sons died as well. Multiple visitors to the castle reported strange noises coming from the caves located next to the castle and some even claim to have seen a “white woman” walking around the hallways.

Freihung, Germany

Freihung haunted

The “white lady” of Freihung supposedly used to drift around the town’s old mining tunnels, used by local B&Bs. After the complaints of the residents, the tunnels were destroyed but the white lady appeared on the surface shortly afterward. Today, she regularly appears in car rearview mirrors and probably is the main reason for the increased number of traffic accidents in the region.

Moosham Castle, Austria

Moosham Castle haunted

The Moosham Castle witnessed some of the most gruesome witch trials in Austrian history. Interestingly, most of the accused victims kept in the castle were male and a large portion of the killed ones were 21 or younger. Today, this castle is one of the most haunted places in Europe. Many people claim to have seen Anton, the castle caretaker wandering around the castle and watching over the prisoners. Even more interestingly, oftentimes in the morning, when the staff would come to open the museum they would find the guns in the hunting room hanging upside down, despite the castle being locked up overnight.

Castel Reszel, Poland

Reszel Castel

This fascinating, red structure looming over Reszel has a horrifying, dark past. The town was burned in the 1800s and a woman named Barbara Zdunk was arrested for committing arson and was later accused of witchcraft. In the castle, she was tortured and raped on multiple occasions, and eventually gave birth to two children. Many people claim that the ghost of Barbara and her children haunt the castle today. A strange smell of perfume was reported in the castle on multiple occasions, doors that were previously locked were found open the next morning, and some people even claim that they were touched by a strange force in the castle.

Zvíkov Castle, Czech Republic

Zvikov Castle

Legend has it that a supernatural being haunts the residents of the Zvikov castle since the 1500s. According to several sources, strange events still happen in the castle’s tower. Visitors reported unusual photographs, strange animal behavior, and unexplained extinguishing of candles and fire. Another legend says that anyone who is brave enough to spend the night in the tower will die within a year.

Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic

Sedlec Ossuary

The Sedlec Ossuary is a small Roman monastery created (solely) from the remains of 70,000 people. The creator of this ossuary dug out the bones from the mass graves of plague victims but he didn’t just stack the bones, like in most catacombs. Instead, he decided to build a monastery and even created sculptures and decorative elements out of them. Although this place doesn’t have a scary story, you’ll surely get a shiver up your spine just by looking at it.

The Houska Castle, Czech Republic

Houska Castle

Located in the forests north of Prague, the Houska Castle is one of the most haunted locations in the world. According to the legend, on this exact spot, there was a huge hole in the ground that was considered to be the gateway to hell. Paranormal activities were disturbing the region and the Bohemians thought they would solve the problems if they cover the hole. That’s why they built this castle.

Hundreds of prisoners were forced to go into the pit to build the foundation for the castle. However, when they were taken out of the hole, they all looked like old men. Later on, the castle was the center of Nazi occult dabbling during WWII and multiple dead bodies of Nazi soldiers were found on the site. Witnesses reported several different forms of paranormal activities and some even claim that the site contains remains of demonic beasts who escaped the pit.

Predjama Castle, Slovenia

Predjama Castle

Predjama Castle was home to Erasmus the Knight who rebelled against the Monarchy in the 1500s. During that time, he tortured and killed hundreds of people in different parts of the castle. A lot of prisoners were thrown down the 70-meter deep cave under the castle. The ones who would survive the fall would slowly die from injuries and get eaten by the rats. Erasmus also died in the castle and some people say he comes back to rule it once the sun goes down. Many people claim they can still hear the screams of agony of the tortured prisoners echoing in the forest. All of their remains still lie beneath the castle.

Hoia Baciu Forest, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Hoia Baciu Forest

Hoia Baciu isn’t named the scariest forest in Europe for nothing. A lot of visitors reported a feeling of anxiety and being watched while passing through the forest. Some even claim to have seen unexplained apparitions, ghosts, and even dark faces appearing in photographs that were not visible to the naked eye. Some locals even claim spotting unidentified flying objects circling around the forest.

Hunyad Castle, Romania

Hunyad Castle

Many strange sightings were reported in this castle throughout the years.  The most famous one is probably the one with the Turkish prisoners who were offered to dig a well in exchange for their freedom. They took a few years to complete this task but in the end, they were still murdered. After their death, a strange writing appeared on the well. It stated verses from the Quran lamenting the prisoners’ fate at the hands of Non-Muslims. Moreover, human bones keep re-appearing at the bottom of the well in multiple different occasions.

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Pripyat, Ukraine

Pripyat haunted

Pripyat is a small town in northern Ukraine, that was the closest town to the notorious Chernobyl Power Plant. Once upon a time, Pripyat was a nice little town that was a home to 50,000 people. However, after the Chernobyl disaster, everything changed.  Needless to say, no one lives here today and it’s even dangerous to visit, 32 years after the explosion. There are many ghost stories surrounding Pripyat but I’ll tell you only the most peculiar one.

One of the nuclear physicists was measuring the radiation readings when he heard someone screaming inside the plant. This event happened in 1997, 11 years after the explosion. He asked the employees about it and they told him that he was the first one to enter the control room in 11 years and the only way to go in was through the thick metal door. Even if someone did come inside, they would inevitably trigger an alarm that goes off when the reactor is opened mechanically and the alarm could only be shut down with a password or a handprint. Even more interestingly, later that evening, the employees saw a flood light turning on in the installation room. They thought there might have been a power surge but seconds later, the lights were turned off.

Dargavs, Russia

Dargavs city of the dead

On a first glance, Dargavs looks like a charming village but if you dare to enter it, you’ll be in for an unpleasant surprise. Each one of these beautiful buildings is actually a tomb containing entire Ossetian families. If you’re skeptical, you can roam around the village and peek inside the houses. You will discover clearly visible skeletons. Local historians claim that when the plague was sweeping through the area, people who lost their families would sit in the family crypt waiting for their death. They knew no one will be around to bury them. Hence, the nickname- the city of the dead. Today, Dargavs is cut-off from the rest of Russia and is only accessible via a three-hour drive from the nearest living settlement.

Did you like the list? If yes, then check out my list about haunted islands around the world. Would you dare to visit some of these places (at your own risk)? Let me know in the comments!

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45 thoughts on “23 Haunted places in Europe to visit at your own risk”

  1. What strikes me about these haunted places is how beautiful they are. Seddlec Ossuary is a bit macabre! I usually think of haunted places as old but I can see how tragic events like Chernobyl create mysterious sites that lead to rumored hauntings. I bet the tours of these places are fun (if allowed).

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    • Yes, Annick most of them are pretty old but there are some newer ones too! As for the tours, I think it’s even more fun if one visits alone 😀

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  2. What a fun collection of places to visit for their haunted reputation. Love the look of the Ram Inn, all ramshackle as it is. And would love to visit Beau-Sejour Palace, love the look of the blue and yellow tiles. But the most appealing is Chateau Miranda, the classic look of a haunted castle in my mind! Hoia Baciu Forest looks pretty cool too, especially if foggy!

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  3. This is a wonderful list of haunted places of Europe. The castles and old buildings of Europe seem to lend themselves naturally to being haunted. Would love to visit a few of them. Reminded me of a haunted hospital that I had recently visited. These places hold a morbid fascination and also have a strange beauty to them.

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    • Thanks, guys, I really appreciate it. And yes, hospitals and asylums always have the potential of becoming a haunted place 😀

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  4. Oh reading you gave me some spooky feeling and it looked like watching some horror ghost movie. All these spooky places are surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings and even the construction is magnificent, but it takes a lot of daring to visit any of them. Though I went to Ukraine last month but I could not dare to go for Pripyat. The story of Ram Inn with 20 spirits is really terrifying.

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    • Thanks, Yukti! Visiting Pripyat really was an amazing experience and there are even guided tours every day. The abandoned town left me speechless.

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  5. Ooooh what fun! I love a good spook (when I know there’s actually no danger involved). This was such a fun post to read (love the pics as well), I hope the day will come when I can check all of these off my list, starting with the Haunted Vicarage of Borgvattnet in Sweden and the Moosham Castle in Austria!

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    • Thanks, Aisha – I’m really happy to hear you enjoyed reading this post. I hope you get the chance to visit some of these places soon

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  6. Am fascinated by anythings that gets attached with the word haunted 😉 .. places, tele series .. movies! And seeing a list of 23 haunted places in Europe makes me want to plan a trip now! There is an eeriness and thrill at the same time when visiting places like these! The Haunted Vicarage of Borgvattnet in Sweden seriously looks spooky and the experiences in Hoia Baciu Forest, Cluj-Napoca in Romania are scary! Dargavs does look like a charming village! What an experience it would be to see all these 23 places!

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  7. I’m pretty terrified to visit haunted sites, but I did inadvertently end up at a hotel in Liberty, Missouri that had had lots of paranormal activity. I didn’t know about that when I booked our room, but when I arrived and began reading comments left in the room’s guestbook, I was pretty freaked out! Luckily, I never saw or heard anything!

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    • It’s very interesting to hear about your experience with this hotel in Missouri. I think I know which one you’re talking about. Perhaps I’ll include it when I write North America edition of this article 🙂 Thank you for your comment!

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  8. The castles made the biggest impression on me, they look like out of a horror movie. We have one place like that in POland I was recently visiting, its so beautiful. And what I love about these kind of spots are the legends!

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  9. Whoa! This is quite some list you have up here. I am really scared of ghosts. Would not dare to visit most of them. But Dargavs in Russia really entices me. That looks quite interesting with those small houses scattered around. So maybe Dargavs sometime! 🙂

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    • I understand, Soumya. Dargavs sure is a very interesting place to visit and a bit different than the other places on the list

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  10. That Czech monastery with the skeleton bones gave me serious chills! Seriously, how did you find the scariest looking photos of all of these places! I can’t say I’ll be visiting any of them anytime soon, but appreciate the information!

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  11. Wow what a cool post, you captured me! I can’t lie though I definitely feel a little spooky now. I don’t know if I could bring myself to actually visit spooky places, but I enjoy to read about them.

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  12. Eek! I got chills down my spine just reading through your list. I gotta say though Beau-Séjour Paalace looks beautiful and I never would’ve guessed it was haunted. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but these are some interesting (and very different) itinerary suggestions!

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  13. I am not a big fan of spooky places but architectural splendours they are some of them. I didn’t know Raynham House was one of the spookiest places in England. I would love to visit Edinburgh Castle some day and not for the haunted aspect but it’s historical importance and architecture. Thanks for sharing some great spooky places.

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    • Thank you, Anshul. I’m really glad to hear that! Indeed it has, Romania is the birthplace of the Vampire stories after all. I just didn’t want to make this list too long!

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  14. The only place on this list I’ve been to is the Edinburgh Castle, and I actually didn’t even know it was haunted! We did go on a ghost tour in Edinburgh though, so I can see how the castle would have spirits as well. Quite a few of the castles I went to in Romania seemed haunted to me, so I was not surprised to see a Romania castle on your list. I’ve got to check out more of these!

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    • That’s really interesting Diana- I’ve met a lot of people that visited the castle without knowing about its haunted history. As for the castles in Romania, of course this list wouldn’t be complete without at least mentioning one of them 🙂

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  15. Waaaaw! Those are cool. I have a weird attraction to such haunted places. I want to go there with my camera. I have some expired black and white film, saved for such kind of cases. I think it would make the places look more creepy.

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    • I have a thing for haunted places too! I hope you get the chance to visit some of these and click some amazing scary pics. Would love to see those 🙂

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  16. Maybe I shouldn’t have read this post on my own in the house (I’m a wimp at the minute) but seriously a really great post and I like that you went into details on each. I was shocked about Dargavs Russia because it does genuinely look like a livable town.

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  17. Thank for writing this amazing article. I’m really happy to hear that Romania is the birthplace of the Vampire stories after all.

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  18. Amazing job here. You know what? I really like your writing style. I’m also a blogger and it’s so hard sometimes. My time will come but I know I’m on the right path.PS.I’m gonna have to share this post!

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    • I would disagree with this one, Alex. There are several similar places in the Balkans (ex. Kuklica in Macedonia) and Europe but there aren’t any associations with paranormal activities 🙂

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