Nothing beats a good ghost story, and our globe is full of them: ghosts roaming the halls of British castles, murders on lavish cruise liners, and UFO sightings in Transylvania. You can always find some sort of haunted site wherever you go, along with a ghost tour to go with it. Places that have been inhabited for many years have a whimsical beauty to them as if they were concealing a secret that only the dead could tell—and in these spooky places, they just might reveal it to you.
These places have terrifying stories to tell, and the creak of a floorboard or the flicker of light is just the beginning. The dark history of these locations is as eerie as they are beautiful, from the pair of “suicide brides” who committed suicide in the same room decades apart to the headless ghost of a legendary prince. Discover why guests never want to leave, even after death, by taking a tour of these magnificent homes, ocean ships, eateries, and hotels.
Haunted Places in the World
These locations, existing across the globe, carry with them spooky stories and unsettling experiences that defy rational explanation, leaving a lasting impression on those who dare to venture into their spectral realms.
1. Hoia-Baciu Forest, Romania:
Hoia-Baciu has earned paranormal popularity worldwide after a military technician photographed a “UFO” hovering over the woodland in 1968; some think it is a portal that leads visitors to vanish. According to The Independent, people who have gone through the forest without being zapped into another realm have experienced anxiety, nausea, and skin rashes. The mysterious twisted trees that inhabit the woodland, known as the “Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania,” only serve to heighten the strange atmosphere.
2. Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas:
Jesse Driskill, a cattle magnate, opened the iconic Romanesque monument in 1886, and over the years, it has played host to a number of well-known politicians and celebrities. As a result of the passing of countless visitors, notably the “suicide brides,” two honeymooning women who committed suicide in the same room 20 years apart, the hotel has a well-known history of paranormal activity.
3. The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado:
Since its debut in 1909, the Stanley Hotel has drawn tourists to Estes Park with its grand Georgian architecture and legendary whisky bar. However, the hotel’s fame grew after serving as the model for the fictional Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s The Shining. Aside from that unsettling association, the Stanley Hotel has also been linked to numerous additional ghost sightings and some ghostly piano music, and it capitalises on this notoriety with nightly ghost tours and psychic readings from the on-site Madame Vera.
4. St. George’s Church, Czech Republic:
St. George’s Church, located around 125 miles east of Prague, was first constructed in 1352 and has a long history. Over the years, there have been numerous fires that almost completely destroyed the structure. In 1968, a burial was taking place when a portion of the roof fell. Following that incident, the congregation started to believe the church was haunted and stopped going inside; as a result, the edifice was robbed and vandalised. All of that changed in 2012 when a University of West Bohemia art student came up with the concept of 30 ghost sculptures seated in the pews with their heads down as a way to draw people back to the church. The “Ghost Church” is open to the public every Saturday afternoon, and tourists have flocked there in recent years to take pictures and even sit among the still spectres while praying.
5. Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia:
When it was constructed in 1829, the castle-like Eastern State Penitentiary raised the bar for solitary confinement. Prisoners ate, exercised, and lived alone. When a prisoner left his cell, a guard would put a hood over his head to prevent him from seeing or being seen. Overcrowding forced the jail to relinquish its solitary system in 1913, but the methods of punishment did not become any less harsh till it was permanently shuttered in 1970 (one example being chaining an inmate’s mouth to his wrists). Today, the location draws thousands of tourists each year for its museum and Halloween events. There have been reports of ghostly activity such as pacing footsteps, shadowy figures, and unidentified laughter.
6. Al Madam, United Arab Emirates:
Ghost towns have a hauntingly alluring quality, and Al Madam is no exception. The community, which is roughly 40 miles southeast of Dubai, was probably erected in the 1970s and abandoned not long after; according to local lore, djinn (shape-shifting ghosts) scared everyone out of the area. Al Madam still has a ghostly feel to it despite the fact that no one is sure if the spirits have stayed. This is because of the dunes that are encroaching on the two rows of homes and a mosque, the waves of sand that break through the broken windows, and the seemingly endless ochre desert that stretches out in every direction.
7. St. Augustine Lighthouse, Florida:
More than 216,000 people visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse each year, but it’s also well known for its otherworldly visitors. The claimed paranormal activity has been attributed to a number of catastrophic incidents that happened at the now-historic place. A lighthouse keeper’s ghost who perished after falling to his death while painting the tower has been seen patrolling the area. Visitors have reported hearing children playing in and around the lighthouse ever since the horrifying drowning of three young girls, who perished when the cart they were playing in broke and plummeted into the water.
8. The Forbidden City, Beijing, China:
The old imperial residence of China, now a museum, the Forbidden City, must be seen on any trip to Beijing. You might not be aware, though, that the well-known tourist spot has quite the reputation among believers in the paranormal. The palace complex saw its fair share of killings during its 600-year existence as a palace, whether from envious concubines poisoning one another or executions carried out at the emperor’s command. It goes without saying that since the palace first welcomed visitors in the 1940s, there have been numerous stories of unusual occurrences. The most typical tale describes a woman walking around the grounds wailing while wearing all white as most good ghost stories do.
9. Oriental Theater, Chicago:
In the Loop neighbourhood of downtown Chicago, the Oriental Theater (originally the Iroquois Theater), where a great fire notoriously broke out in 1903 and killed over 600 people, is supposed to be haunted by ghosts. The theatre was entirely rebuilt and given a new name, yet the ghosts persisted: In “Death Alley,” the street behind the theatre where remains were heaped after the catastrophe, ghostly apparitions have been reported (and a common stop on many a Chicago ghost tour).
10. Leap Castle, Ireland:
This Irish castle, which was built sometime between the 13th and the late 15th century, has witnessed more horrifying demises than a Game of Thrones nuptial. According to folklore, a member of the O’Carroll clan, which was known for poisoning dinner guests, slashed his brother with a sword as he was celebrating mass in the castle chapel. The priest is rumoured to haunt the church at night, and the room is now known as “The Bloody Chapel.” According to the gruesome history recounted on Leap Castle’s website, the evil doesn’t end there.
When we look at the moon and shadows in the night, we’re reminded that our world holds many secrets. Haunted places help us remember this mystery. They’re like a puzzle waiting to be solved. Even though they might scare us, exploring these places lets us learn and imagine what we can’t see. The unknown, like ghosts and spooky sounds, gives us a peek into something beyond our everyday world. It’s a reminder that there’s more to learn and understand, making the supernatural a fascinating puzzle yet to be figured out.
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