1. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
With the thousands of years of history that Europe has seen, it's no surprise that it contains some of the world's most haunted areas. We can imagine all the centuries of war and medieval methods of torture spawned some pretty pissed off ghosts! So, pack your bags. We're going on a trip to see some of Europe's spectacular specters!
Many people consider Edinburgh to be the most haunted city in Europe. It has seen years of torture and bloodshed, much of which occurred within the walls of Edinburgh Castle. Those who visit the castle often feel as if they are being touched or pulled. Others have reported sudden drops in temperature, strange mists, bizarre lights, and feelings of terror or despair. Ghostly figures have also been witnessed- notably that of an old man wearing an apron as well as a headless drummer boy.
2. The Tower of London, England
Built in 1078 by William the Conqueror, The Tower of London is considered one of the most Haunted spots in the British Isles. The vast history of execution and torture dates back some 900 years, so it's no shocker that visitors and staff of this now tourist attraction have experienced paranormal phenomena. Anne Boleyn (the wife of King Henry VIII) was beheaded in 1536, and her headless body has been seen walking the Tower grounds. The ghosts of two mysterious children are also said to frequent the premises. They are thought to be princes who were sent to the Tower after parliament had deemed them illegitimate. When two small skeletons were unearthed in the Tower, it became difficult for skeptics to refute these claims.
3. The Château de Brissac
The Château de Brissac isn't only known for being the tallest castle in France. The double murder that took place within its walls in the 15th century has had lasting repercussions for those who visit the elegant structure. La Dame Verte, or “Green Lady,” was supposedly one of the two murder victims. The Duke of Brissac and his family, who currently reside in the château, have become accustomed to her roaming the rooms, especially the chapel. She is always seen wearing a green dress, with terrible gaping holes where her eyes and nose once were. Early in the morning, her moans can be heard echoing through the castle halls.
4. Raynham Hall, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Raynham Hall is haunted by the famous "Brown Lady," named after the brown brocade dress she is often seen wearing. The Brown Lady is thought to be the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole, who lived from 1686 to 1726. She was known by many as the sister of Robert Walpole, the first prime minister of Great Britain. After she allegedly had an affair with Lord Wharton, her husband Charles Townshend locked her in a room in their home- Raynham Hall. She died there, and her soul is said to haunt the castle to this day. The Brown Lady has since been spotted many times. In 1936, a photographer snapped an iconic photo of her descending the staircase. It appeared in Country Life magazine and then again in Life magazine. Some thought her image to be a smudge on the lens or a result of overexposure, others regarded it as a real photo of the Brown Lady herself.
5. Akershus Fortress – Oslo, Norway
Believed to be the most haunted place in Norway, Akershus is a medieval castle that was built around 1300. It first served as a defense structure for the city of Oslo. It later served as a prison during the late 18th-19th centuries, with many prisoners dying during their imprisonment. During World War II, Nazi’s held the castle and ordered many executions there. Now, the site is said to be the home of a "demon dog" named Malcanise. This hell hound is said to guard the gates to the castle, and legend tells that anyone approached by Malcanisen will suffer a horrible death within the following three months
6. Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, England
Thought by some to be the most Haunted place in England, the Ram Inn has a dark history that would make even the brave quiver in their boots. Built in 1145, the Inn has been the supposed sight of devil worship and child sacrifices. As if this weren't enough, it is said that over 5,000 years ago the property was the site of a Pagan burial ground. Some have reported a general feeling of malevolence at the Ram, while others have claimed to be pulled or touched by unknown forces. Throw in a few apparitions and disembodied voices, it's no surprise that guests would flee in terror back when it was a bed and Breakfast. The current owner of the building reported being dragged out of his bed during his first night there. He later discovered evidence of ritual sacrifice, including two child skeletons underneath the staircase. He continues to experience hauntings to this day.
7. Poveglia Island, Italy
Locals dare not go there, and fisherman refuse to fish in the surrounding waters for fear that they will pull up dead bodies. The small island of Poveglia sits in the Venice Lagoon between Lido and Venice. During the Bubonic Plague outbreak in the 14th century, the island became a quarantine colony. Many Venetians were sent there to die, where their sickly bodies were burned on giant pyres. This was also the case in 1630, when the Black Death swept through Venice. Strange things have happened on the Island ever since. Today the whole island is abandoned, except for the ghosts of disease victims. Voices and screams are often heard, and visitors comment on an overwhelmingly oppressive feeling of malevolence. Needless to say, nobody stays for long!
8. The Haunted Vicarage, Borgvattnet, Sweden
The Old Vicarage was built in 1876, and in the ensuing years residents have reported many strange occurrences. The first sighting came in 1927, when chaplain Nils Hedlund resided there. He reported his laundry being torn down from the clothesline by an unseen force. The next resident, Rudolf Tangden, saw an old woman dressed in grey appear in front of him. He followed her, but as she walked away she completely vanished. The most terrifying of all accounts, however, is from a former guest at the house who was woke in the middle of the night to see 3 old women staring at her. Lastly, former resident Erick Lindgren kept a journal recounting many of his experiences in the house, including being thrown out of his chair regularly by an invisible power. The house is now a café/restaurant, where you can get a special certificate for staying overnight!
9. Iulia Hasdeu Castle, Campina, Romania
The story behind this lovely structure is as heart-wrenching as it is disturbing. After his 19-year-old daughter named Iulia died, Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu dedicated the rest of his life to reconnecting with her. He built a small castle in her name and became a practitioner of spiritualism in an attempt to reach her. He even had an entirely black room in the castle used solely for his daily attempts to communicate with his beloved daughter. Iulia reportedly haunts the castle to this day, playing the piano each night and walking through the courtyard in a white dress, holding daisies.
10. Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh, Scotland
Once a thriving trade center that also housed Edinburgh's tradesman, Mary King's Close is a network of underground streets and dwellings. Around 1645, an outbreak of the plague drove everyone out of the Close. Those that were infected stayed behind in isolation. There have been reports of paranormal activity ever since. Once the Coltheart family moved in after the outbreak, they began to see ghostly figures. They reported seeing phantom limbs and experiencing unusually vivid nightmares. Currently, staff and visitors of the now popular tourist attraction often see the ghost of a "worried woman" and a little girl named Annie, who's been known to interact with those who leave her gifts.
11. Dragsholm Slot, Zealand, Denmark
Built in 1215, Dragsholm Slot was used to hold prisoners of noble and high-born rank, as well as imprisoned clergy. All sorts of sinister events and debauchery were said to have gone down within the walls of Dragsholm, and the years of history left behind three ghosts: a grey lady, a white lady, and the ghost of one its prisoners, James Hepburn. James Hepburn was the 4th Earl of Bothwell. He is said to ride through the courtyard in a full-blown horse and carriage. Dragsholm is now a hotel run by the Bøttger family.
Author: Nate Morgan