Who doesn’t enjoy a good scare now and then? Now you can include this into your vacation by visiting some of Europe’s scariest locations. These aren’t only for Halloween, by the way.
1. The city of London
London has to be the first stop on any tour of the Scariest haunted house in Ohio. The Ten Bells, a haunting pub, and creepy Victorian cemetery are only the beginning.
Take a Jack the Ripper tour or go to the London Dungeon to see the city’s gruesome past. If you like spooky things, go to the Grant Museum, where you’ll find over 68,000 preserved animal specimens and a fascinating collection of brains.
Bucharest is number two.
Bucharest is a great place to visit if you’re a vampire fan. Transylvania, just a short drive from Romania’s capital, is home to the castle where Vlad the Impaler formerly resided.
Vlad’s heinous and sadistic activities inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and the castle has since become one of Romania’s most renowned tourist destinations.
Hotel Cismigiu in Bucharest is also haunted by the ghost of a young woman. Another ghost frequently visits the Palace of the Parliament, pleading for assistance.
3. The city of Dublin
Dracula, the legendary vampire, was invented by Bram Stoker, a Dubliner. Each October, Ireland’s capital city celebrates a four-day frightening adventure event in honor of the author.
You can still commemorate Dracula’s legacy at Castle Dracula in Stoker’s hometown of Clontarf if you aren’t visiting in October.
Make a trip to Dublin’s Hellfire Club on Montpellier Hill if you’re seeking for a genuinely spooky encounter. It was formerly a hunting lodge where, according to legend, some very horrible events occurred.
4. The city of Rome
Thousands of monuments dedicated to the deceased may be found throughout the Italian capital, indicating a weird fascination with the afterlife.
The Doors of Death, located in St. Peter’s Basilica, depict the deaths of Jesus, Mary, and St. Peter. Many Catholics avoid walking through these doors because they fear it will bring them bad luck.
Many people say they have seen the spirit of philosopher and astrologer Giordano Bruno strolling the square at Campo de’ Fiori. The Roman Inquisition tried and killed him for heresy, and his hooded monument now stands in Campo de’ Fiori, sending shivers down people’s spines.
Madrid is number five.
Madrid is a must-see destination for people interested in the supernatural. During the Civil War, the Ministry of Finance in Madrid was used as a prison, and many of those who died in the battle were buried there.
While on duty, guards have reported hearing unusual voices and beating on windows and doors. A visit to Linares Palace is a must if you want to be haunted.
The dead daughter haunts the former house of an aristocratic family. Reina Sofia Museum, one of Spain’s most prominent tourist destinations, is also haunted by former hospital patients.
Edinburgh is number six on the list.
Edinburgh is without a doubt one of Europe’s most terrifying cities. The Scottish capital is a must-see for horror enthusiasts, with haunting theatres, underground vaults, and passageways that will make your blood run cold.
Greyfriars Kirkyard Cemetery, which was one of the world’s earliest concentration camps, is the most horrifying spot to see in the city. A large number of Presbyterian Covenanters were hanged here. One of the men responsible was George Mackenzie, whose tomb is noted for its paranormal activity.
Corinaldo is number seven.
Corinaldo has two personalities. On the one hand, it’s a charming Italian town with award-winning nature and picturesque vistas. On the other hand, its residents are descended from a long line of witches, whom they still revere.
If you plan on visiting Corinaldo around Halloween, be prepared for the worst. It’s the witches’ capital, and it “celebrates” Hallowe’en with a terrifying event known as “Hallowe’en — the witches festival.”
Bruges is number eight on the list.
The city was described as a fantasy village in the film In Bruges, but if the ghost stories are to be believed, it’s closer to a nightmare.
Many ghost hunters flock to Belgium to investigate the IM Cooling Tower and Château Miranda, two of the country’s most haunted structures.
The story of a monk and a nun who lived on the River Reie is the city’s most famous. The monk was in love with the nun, but she was murdered and her body buried in a secret tunnel. The two are now stalking the streets of Bruges and its inhabitants, vanishing at midnight.
Paris is number nine.
Despite its image as the city of love, Paris also has a spooky reputation. The Musée de Vampires is Paris’ creepiest museum, with anti-vampire protection packs and mummified cats among its exhibits.
Visit Le Manoir de Paris, a museum and haunted home, if you’re searching for a good scare. You might be in peril if you spot The Red Man wandering around the streets of Paris. The ex-royal assassin is claimed to be a death forerunner – Paris’ own Grim Reaper.
Berlin is number ten.
Another European capital city, with even more eerie structures. Berlin rests above a labyrinth of dark, underground tunnels, each with its own set of tales to tell.
An old Gothic Franciscan monastery on Klosterstraße allegedly haunted by Friar Roderich, a famously harsh man who murdered his own son.
Anna Sydow’s ghost still wanders the halls of Berlin’s Citadel, trying to find a way out after being imprisoned there by her lover’s son.
Bratislava is number eleven.
Bratislava boasts more ghost stories per capita than any other European city. That should come as no surprise given that it is one of Europe’s oldest towns, and despite being bordered by the stunning Carpathian Mountains and lush vineyards, the Slovakian capital has some genuinely horrible stories to tell.
Ursula, a lady caught up in one of history’s oddest love triangles, is one of Bratislava’s most well-known stories. Ursula fell in love with the same man as her friend, so she circulated the rumor that she was a witch, resulting in her being burnt at the stake. Ursula was tormented by remorse for the rest of her life.
Prague is number twelve.
Prague’s streets were once guarded by a mythical clay Golum, which was brought to life in the 16th century by a Rabbi to protect the city’s Jewish ghettos, according to Czech folklore.
Houska Castle is said to have been built over a portal to hell, and demons from the depths of hell have escaped and roam the city at night. Keep a watch out for a headless Templar riding a horse through the streets.
13. The city of Venice
Venice is one of our most popular locations for its romantic canals, breathtaking views, and beautiful cafés… not for its terrible haunted buildings.
If you’re feeling courageous, take the waterbus to Palazzo Dario, well known as “The House That Kills.” Several of the property’s former owners died under strange circumstances. You should be able to visit and return safely, but we wouldn’t recommend taking out a mortgage on the palace.
Cain degli spiriti has a spooky vibe to it, and rightfully so. The Casino of the Spirits, once a gathering place for gamblers, is said to have been the location of religious demonic rituals and is haunted by famous 16th century painter Luzzo, who committed suicide there.