If there is one destination that finds a place on every traveler’s bucket list, it would definitely be Europe. From romantic escapades to adventure-filled destinations to laid-back towns to picturesque villages, the varied terrain in Europe is simply unmatched and offers a special something to everyone, including spooky spots! Yes, you heard that right. There is another less explored side to Europe which will make you go numb. If you are one of those persons who loves going on a horrific journey, then buckle up. You are in for an exhilarating ride. Here’s Pickyourtrail, presenting you with some of the creepy places in Europe that will send a chill down your spine.
1. Moosham Castle, Salzburg, Austria
Perched atop a small hill amidst the lush greenery, Moosham Castle looks like just another medieval castle in broad daylight but has a gruesome past. Over 100’s of witches were beheaded within the walls of the castle and had to go through ghastly torture techniques which included cutting their hands off and branding them with hot iron rods. Visitors and staffs recount instances of being touched, phantom footsteps, and feeling someone’s breath on their neck.
2. The Vodnjan Mummies, Vodnjan, Croatia
When you hear about mummies, the first thing that comes to our minds would be Egypt. But, do you know Croatia also has its share of mummies? Bodies of six Saints within the Church of St.Blaise to be precise. Weird right, I know! But, do you know what is even more interesting? For some strange reason, the bodies failed to decompose and they lie stiff as a wood. Adding to the creepy aura is also a CD which explains the life and the death of the Saints.
3. Miranda Castle, Celles, Belgium
Once a lavish fairy-tale castle, Miranda Castle now is a ghost hunter’s paradise. Built in the 19th century during the French Revolution, Miranda Castle was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium as an orphanage for sickly children until the late 1970’s. Today the Miranda Castle is completely abandoned. As you explore the ruins of the castle, you will feel the mood of the forgotten souls and their dreams seeping through your bones. Notably, few scenes of the famous American series Hannibal were shot here.
4. Sedlec Ossuary, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
Decorated with over 40,000 human skeletons, Sedlec Ossuary also called as Bone Church is one of the most unusual chapels you will ever see. Set right beneath the Cemetery Church of all Saints, Sedlec Ossuary looks pleasant on the outside and resembles your average old Gothic medieval church. But, totally a different scenario inside. Long story short – Once the Abbot of the Sedlec Monastery scattered a jar of ‘Holy Soil’ across the Sedlec Cemetery and soon everyone desired to be buried there. And, thus all the skeletons!
5. Kayaköy, Muğla Province, Turkey
Previously a bustling town, Kayaköy is now an empty ghost town except for a few tour groups and road vendors selling out handmade stuff. Located in the south of Fethiye in southwestern Turkey, the town of Kayaköy was inhabited by about 2,000 residents during 1900. Subsequent wars and violence around the region triggered thousands of residents to flee from the town. Stripped to dust, an approximate of 350 homes sit there empty and roofless.
6. The Catacombs of Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Have you ever seen a well-dressed Mummy? Hanging on the walls & shelves and lying in the open coffin, nearly 8,000 corpses inside the Catacombs of Palermo are dressed in their very best. The Burial Catacombs of Palermo serve as a historical as well as a macabre tourist attraction. The deceased hands are stretched out in a way that the family visiting them can hold their hands in prayer. Creepy!
7. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Dominating the skyline of Scotland, the historic fortress of Edinburgh is one of the world’s most famous destinations and is also ironically one of the world’s most haunted places. From witch trails to torture to imprisonment to murder, Edinburgh Castle has seen it all. Staffs and tourists visiting Edinburgh have reported repeated drop in temperatures, strange sightings, and the feeling of being touched.
8. Hill of Crosses, Siauliai, Lithuania
Cross is said to bring back hope right? But, the eerie way it is placed in the Hill of Crosses brings in an odd feeling. It all started with the relatives of the rebels leaving crosses to commemorate the fallen souls. Now, the Hill of Crosses contains more than 200,000 crosses, carvings, & shrines and is a pilgrimage site for the Catholics. Hill of Crosses is regarded as the site where Jesus performs miracles.
9. Hoia Baciu Forest, Transylvania, Romania
Remember seeing the animated movie, Transylvania with all the Dracula and the zombies? Oh, how much fun! Hoia Baciu Forest in Transylvania is totally the opposite of it. Often referred to as the ‘Bermuda Triangle of Romania’, the mysterious woods of Hoia Baciu Forest is home to UFO sightings, unusual disappearances, and famous ghost stories. Completely serene with a coat of green, explore the dense woods of Hoia Baciu Forest and unravel the paranormal activities for yourself.
10. Langham Hotel, Marylebone, London
Visited by some of the greats, including Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, and Sir Arthur Conon Doyle, Langham Hotel in London is one of the spookiest hotels in Europe to stay at. Wondering which is the most haunted room in this hotel? It is room 333. Yes, double it & you get the devil’s number. Freaky coincidence. If you are planning to stay here, watch out for a man in military attire, the ghost of Napoleon III, the ghostly butler, and the man in the Victorian evening wear. Uff, so many ghosts to dodge!