07 Aug Top 5 Castles Where You Can See Ghosts
Edinburgh Castle in Scotland
The history of Edinburgh is one filled with violence and bloodshed. The area around the old town of Edinburgh has been inhabited for thousands of years. While the famous castle is the foremost settlement on these lands, the whole town of Edinburgh is full of strange hauntings. Here you can find the most haunted places in Scotland.
If you are visiting Europe and you are wondering “What are the most haunted places near me” or you are writing term papers on the castles theme, welcome to our collection of the most mysterious places full of the ghosts.
Built in the 12th century, the castle is situated on the territory of a dead volcano. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts in the street, you will become a faithful believer as soon as you enter the castle. It is a symbol of Scotland’s history and culture and is full of ghost stories.
It is said to be a paranormal point where visitors regularly meet the figures of different spirits.
As such, we are aware of the stories about Lady Glamis who has frequently been seen walking through the dark halls of the castle even centuries after her death. In 1537 she was charged with witchcraft, found guilty, and burnt at the stake.
Since 1650, the ghost of a headless drummer-boy has also been haunting the castle.
Witnesses claim that from the tunnels of the manor house, you can hear the voices of the French prisoners who were locked in there during The Seven Years’ War.
Dragsholm in Denmark
Located on the island of Zealand and originally built in 1215, it is one of the most famous haunted houses in Denmark.
Before being rebuilt in the late 1600s, it was used as a prison for members of the aristocracy and clergy. It is said that there could be up to 100 different spirits here. The most frequent is the spirit of the White Lady. She was a daughter of a nobleman. She fell in love with a commoner and when her father found out about this relation, he locked her away in the dungeon where she, unfortunately, passed away. Since that time, her undead soul is seen straying along the corridors of the manor house.
The castle is a very beautiful building, situated in picturesque Eltz, Germany, built in 1157. What’s remarkable is that during the castle’s entire history, it has been in the possession of the Eltz family. These days, the 33d generation of owners lives there.
Inside of the building, you can find the classiest of interiors that are beyond your wildest imagination. The paranormal activity is also a common attribute of this place.
According to legend, it has never been seized, as it is guarded not only by vivant people but also by the spirits of knights, long dead and gone.
Houska, Czech Republic
This castle in the Czech Republic was built in 1271 in a gothic style. It is situated in the remote woodlands to the north of the country and still instills fear in the local citizenry.
The very reason this castle was built is the most frightening. It was not built to protect the town from enemies, nor was it a home for a noble family like the majority of similar constructions.
It was created to serve as the Jaws of Hell.
In accordance with legend, the territory where it is located is directly on top of a hellhole. From this hole, the entirety of ungodly evil beings, such as witches and demons, came into our world. The lord of these lands decided to build a solid house above the hole to seal the entrance to hell.
In the 1930s, the Nazi conducted their most sinister and sadistic experiments here. The most frequently met ghosts here include a black horse without a head and a bulldog man. In the window of the top floor, tourists can also see a woman in a black dress.
The most courageous tourists can descend into the caves beneath the castles. Local lore claims that demons from other worlds are still there.
Dracula’s Castle, Romania
30 kilometers from Brasov in the mountains of Transylvania, you can discover the most unique Castle Bran, built in 1382.
Initially, it was a boundary defensive tower atop a rock in the water gap of the Turku River.
These days, it is the most visited place in Romania. It was named after the infamous Count Dracula, the lord of Wallachia for that period. He was very cruel, and legend has it that he sucked the blood of his victims after dying a mysterious death.
As believed, while at war with the Ottoman Turks, Count Dracula was decapitated during a battle that took place in front of the altar of the castle’s abbey, located on the island. However, there is no factual evidence to prove that this event occurred.
One theory is that the Walachian lord spent several days in the caves of the castles to avoid capture by Turkish overlords, and never left.
The Bran Castle is positively wrapped in secrets. It contains many clandestine paths and underground labyrinths which can help one leave the house unnoticed.
There is a great well in the center of the main yard of the castle. The legend states that once a year, exactly at midnight on the 31st of September, the victims of the Dracula are seen flying out from it. As we all know that September contains only 30 days, the likelihood of any truth behind this myth is very doubtful.
Nicolas Walker is a traveler, a California native, and a freelance writer for a variety of different travel websites. Since childhood, he has been fascinated by the mystery of European castles. This past spring and summer, he journeyed to many of Europe’s most famous castles, allowing him to share his wondrous experience with readers the world over.