Can you some spot a chill getaway if no spooky tales are involved? Think about it, humans have been kicking around Europe for a whopping 50,000 years or so. It’s no shocker that the place is crawling with ghost stories by the hundreds.
Take this, for instance: hang out near the ancient Roman Colosseum in total silence, and you just might catch the echo of sword fights or get the chills from a whisper right next to you. Or, say you’re soaking up the sights from the Eiffel Tower, don’t be too surprised if you overhear the anguished cries of a lady who met her end there after turning down her beau’s marriage proposal.
Now, if your idea of fun includes a dash of the macabre, then these ten spine-tingling spots are your go-to destinations. They have all the (ghostly) goods to make your trip memorable.
1. Den Noodt Gods
Don’t let Belgium’s size fool you – it’s a must-visit on your European adventure. This little gem is packed with cool stuff like age-old castles, trendy fashion finds, and mouth-watering eats. Bruges, tucked away in West Flanders, is the spot to get your hands on some top-notch Belgian chocolate, feast your eyes on some seriously old-school buildings, and get spooked by local ghost tales.
This famous spooky yarn is about a nun named Hortence Dupont who lived at Den Noodt Gods house right by the River Reie. Across the water, there was this monastery where a monk used to sneak out every night to see Hortence. He’d creep through this long-forgotten tunnel linking the monastery to her place.
But Hortence didn’t have it anymore. One night, as she tried to bail, the monk lost it. He ended up stabbing her and burying her body.
This all went down on the Den Noodt Gods side, and guess what? Hortence’s ghost still hangs around, sometimes even showing herself to folks passing by. And that monk? People say they’ve spotted his ghost at the nunnery, trying to say sorry to Hortence, but he never manages to catch her. When the clock hits midnight, and everything’s dead quiet, both their spirits take off, only to replay their sad story when the next night rolls around.
2. Loshitsa Manor
Tucked away in Eastern Europe, Belarus is a hidden gem with over 4,000 lakes that become icy playgrounds for skating enthusiasts come winter. Add to that the historic Brest Fortress, the cultural treasure trove of Dudutki Museum, and a bunch of theaters, and you’ve got yourself a trip to remember.
Belarus has seen its fair share of battles and calamities throughout its history. Mir Castle is a hot spot for visitors for its beauty and the eerie sightings of soldier spirits roaming the estate. There’s even talk of a young girl’s ghost, who met her tragic end in the pond within the castle’s sprawling garden.
But the most talked-about specter in Belarus is the one haunting Loshitsa Manor. Yadviga Kinevich, only 20, was once the lady of the house, married to Evstafy Lyubansky. They were known for their extravagant bashes, inviting the who’s who of Minsk. Tragedy struck when Evstafy found out about Yadviga’s secret romance.
After a fierce argument one night, Yadviga bolted from the manor and vanished. Later, her lifeless body was discovered in a river by her devastated husband. In his grief, Evstafy planted an apricot tree by the river as a tribute to Yadviga and passed away shortly after.
Legend has it that when the apricot tree bursts into bloom by the water, Yadviga’s spirit makes an appearance. Cloaked in a flowing white gown, she’s said to murmur prophecies to visiting couples at the riverside.
3. Fier Railway Station
If you’re talking about train stops, Fier station in Albania is just a spot to hop on and off trains. But it’s got a spooky twist—travelers who’ve caught trains there have spotted the ghost of a woman who met her end on those very tracks ages ago. And if you’re stuck there overnight, don’t be surprised if you hear the sound of her sobbing into the wee hours.
For those chasing a chill down their spine, head over to Vuno village. Legend has it that the ghost of an old lady, rumored to have been a witch, still roams her old stomping grounds and the streets of the town.
Eager for more haunted haunts in Albania? Swing by Shkodra city. This deserted fortress was once a hideout for two princesses and their loves. After the princesses were sent away to different lands, visitors claim they can still catch the sounds of mournful cries echoing from the fort’s walls many years later.
And let’s not forget Berat castle, where echoes of fallen soldiers’ footsteps fill the air, and the specter of Lady Maria lingers. She doesn’t seem to fancy rest, preferring to drift along the castle’s passageways night after night.
4. Daliborka Tower
The Czech Republic is an absolute gem to check out. You’ll stumble upon castles straight out of a storybook, top-notch brews, and stunning parks. But there’s a spooky side, too, especially in Prague.
Over at the Prague castle area, you’ve got the notorious Daliborka Tower. Back in the day, it was where they locked up aristocratic rule-breakers. The tower got its name from its very first guest—a knight named Dalibor, who had a soft spot for hiding farmers from the law in his place.
While cooped up in the tower, Dalibor would play his violin, and the locals, digging the tunes, would hoist up some grub for him. Then, one day, the music stopped. Turns out, Dalibor had been put to death, leaving the townsfolk in shock.
Nowadays, folks touring Prague make sure to hit up the tower. Some even say they catch the strains of a violin floating down from those old windows. Others whisper that what you hear isn’t a violin at all but the chilling shrieks of Dalibor under torture, being forced to spill the beans on his so-called “crimes.”
5. Valongo Sanatorium
No roundup of spooky spots is complete without a shoutout to an old, deserted sanatorium. Portugal’s last one built, the Mont’Alto or Valongo Sanatorium, was designed for just fifty folks but ended up jam-packed with over 500.
It was supposed to be a haven for tuberculosis patients, but it’s infamous for the awful way those folks were treated and the grim deaths that happened within its walls.
Nowadays, the place is like a beacon for ghost hunters, all thanks to whispers that the spirits of those hundreds of patients are still lingering around. They’re said to wail in agony when someone alive stumbles by, then vanish into the dark, desperate for a break from their suffering.
Visitors have even talked about spotting pentagrams etched into the walls, sparking more gossip. One juicy piece of hearsay? That satanic rituals go down among those ruins, calling forth the uneasy souls.
6. Nes Church
The breathtaking remains of the church in Nes tucked away in Eastern Norway, are a hit with history buffs from all over. Built in the 12th century, it’s usually a serene spot to check out—that is, until the ghostly action kicks in.
Folks have claimed they’ve heard kids’ voices calling to them while wandering through the ruins. There’s this spooky tale that a priest from the church had kids with a mystery lady and then sealed them up alive in the walls. And some people, just minding their own business on the trail, have spun around to catch a glimpse of a ghostly figure in a robe silently gliding right behind them. That priest, Jacob Christian Finckenhagen, is rumored to have taken his own life in the church after offing his children.
Oh, and a heads-up if you’re thinking of snapping pics at the ruins with your phone: don’t freak out if your device goes kaput as you’re strolling along the path.
7. Trendelburg Castle
If you’re chasing a different kind of thrill on your travels, there’s nothing quite like the allure of spooky castles. Take the castle often linked to the tale of Frankenstein in Germany, for instance. This grand fortress is rumored to have ignited Mary Shelley’s imagination for her iconic novel, and whispers persist about an ancient dragon that used to roam its halls.
Then there’s the enchanting Trendelburg Castle in North Hesse, where you’ll find a striking tower rumored to be the muse for the beloved “Rapunzel” story. This castle isn’t just for looking at; it’s a hotel where you can actually scale the tower and soak in the panoramic views. They’ve even got a museum tucked away in the old dungeon.
But as you wander through these historic walls and drink in the atmosphere, don’t be too startled if echoes of battles past drift in from the nearby woods or if you catch the wistful lament of soldiers’ spirits from yesteryear, unable to find peace.
8. Telgha t’Alla w’Ommu
Malta’s got these amazing temples that are a huge hit with visitors from all over. Furthermore, the awesome weather and jaw-dropping shores make it a top pick for holiday-goers globally.
And if you’re into eerie tales, Malta’s got plenty of those, too. You’ll hear all about witches and spooky beings, like the ghost haunting Telgha t’Alla w’Ommu hill just outside Naxxar city.
Travelers cruising along the road to this hill have spotted a young girl looking all kinds of troubled, trying to wave down cars. The moment someone pulls over for her, poof! She’s gone, just like that, right by the roadside.
But what’s even more bone-chilling are the accounts from folks who didn’t stop. They step on the gas only to peek in the rearview and see the girl chilling in the backseat. Yikes!
9. The Devil’s Precipice
Romania’s not just about that famous fanged count—there’s more to its spooky rep than Dracula.
Take the Devil’s Precipice in Prahova County, coming in hot right after the Hoia-Baciu Forest for giving tourists the chills. It’s a hotspot for those hunting for the legendary loot said to be stashed away in Cosminele commune.
So the story goes, some bandit buried his riches here ages ago, and now mean-spirited ghosts cast a hex over it, watching to ensure nobody lays hands on it. Brave souls who’ve tried to lift the curse have supposedly bumped into these wild beings that look like people but rock a bull’s head. Some have even lost their marbles and disappeared, wandering for weeks before popping up away from where they started.
10. Kontos Mansion
The quaint town of Ano Lechonia in Greece isn’t just famous for its scenic mountain train rides. It’s also home to the Kontos Mansion, notorious for being one of the spookiest spots in the nation.
There’s this wild tale about the Kontos kids meeting their end after guzzling milk with a dead lizard in it. But that’s just a tall tale to cover up the sad truth—they actually fell victim to tuberculosis.
Fast forward past the sorrow, and you’ve got the Nazis taking over the mansion, using the deep basement to torment Greek fighters. It even became a Nazi base. Once the war was over and folks tried to fix up the place, they’d hear all sorts of creepy sounds—screams and groans from the walls and basement. Some of these renovators met with freaky accidents and didn’t make it.
Nowadays, the deserted mansion still pulls in tourists, but let’s just say not many are lining up to get inside.
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