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The World's Most Scariest Places
Interested in the Paranormal? Have you had some experiences of your own? Are you traveling and would love to know some of the most haunted places in the world? If you are like me and just can't seem to get enough of this topic, then read on. The paranormal has been something I have always been interested in since I was little girl where I had some experiences myself.
I watch a lot of the shows they have on television these days who each have their own ways and methods towards approaching the paranormal. But one thing they all have in common is that they have mostly visited and studied some of the same places because they are fascinating and well...very much haunted. Here I have compiled a list of some of the most haunted and scariest places in the world!
The Screaming Tunnel
This haunting tunnel is located near Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada. Constructed sometime in the 1900's and made completely out of limestone, it was used as a drainage tunnel for the nearby farms contradictory as a railroad tunnel that most people think. Legend has it that a little girl was in a nearby farmhouse when it caught on fire and in an attempt to escape, she herself caught fire and ran all they way down into the tunnel and tried to extinguish herself but evidently died as a result. Of course there is many variations of this tale and I do not think anyone knows the true story, but it is said that anyone who lights a match within the walls of the tunnel will hear the screams of the girl who was on fire and the match will go out. The tunnel was also used as part of the set for The Dead Zone based off of Stephen King's novel.
Most commonly called Dracula's Castle, this enormous estate is located near Bran and Brasov in Romania and is a national monument and landmark. Situated on the border of Transylvania, it sits on top of a rocky peak in the Carpathian Mountains. This famous castle is among several locations linked to the Dracula legend. It is now a museum that is open to tourists, displaying items and furniture collected by Queen Maria.
In the late 1200's and early 1300's, the fortress had been overtaken by Saxons and used against invading the Turks. In 1921 it was renovated into royalty for Queen Maria. The name Dracula's Castle came from the leader Vlad who viciously impaled thousands of people and led them to their agonizing deaths. Although the castle has no evidence of Vlad the Impaler residing in Dracula's Castle, the place in still highly viewed as being extremely haunted and if you are not convinced, the owners encourage you to find out for yourself!
The Catacombs in Paris, France, are an underground ossuary, which is defined as a place for the bones of the dead. They hold the remains of about 6 million people. The tunnel had been open to the public since the late 18th century. The Catacombs were created for the less wealthy in the early 12th century due to overcrowding in Paris cemeteries. Imagine 300 kilometers of underground tunnels and caves filled with floor to ceiling skeletons! It is reported that you see shadows and hear ghostly voices in the tunnels as well as being touched by "unseen hands". Others have claimed to have been strangled, experience unwelcome feelings of being followed, cold spots, and some have even had hysterical breakdowns!
The Ancient Ram Inn
One of the most haunted places in England, The Ancient Ram Inn located in Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire is known for its abundance of activity and many sightings of apparitions. Built in 1145 and a former Priest's residence, the Inn was built on Pagan burial grounds where many rituals and acts of black magic had taken place. The Inn itself intersects on two Ley Lines which is said to contain high spiritual energy. There are many stories and legends, including a witch burned at the stake and demonic forces. The current owner, John Humphries, who has owned it since the 1960's, has found evidence of ritual sacrifice and devil worship. What could be spookier than that? He even found skeletal remains of children under the staircase!
Despite it's breathtaking surroundings in a gorgeous city, Poveglia Island is known as one of the most darkest places on earth. It is a small island between Venice and Lido in Italy. The island has a long history dating back to 421 AD, but is most commonly known for being used as a quarantine when the Black Death spread through Europe in Roman times. It separated the plague victims from the healthy. As a result, over 160,000 people died because of this and legend says that the islands soil is made up of 50% of the ashes of all the victims.
Later, a mental asylum was also built on the island and another legend recalls a doctor who tortured and then butchered many patients before climbing up the bell tower where he jumped, surviving the fall only to be strangled by a "ghostly mist". This island is completely off limits to locals and tourists. Fisherman fear of going near the island because they think they will be cursed. Although this is all just according to legend and there are many skeptics, I wonder why recent Italian construction crews attempted to reconstruct Poveglia only to abruptly stop without leaving any explanation as to why. Perhaps it could have been that curse!
Birds do not even fly in this camp and if they do, they do not sing.
I think most are familiar of what this deeply saddening place is, but for those who are not, it is Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Also known as: Nazi Camp, Death Camp, Extermination Camp. There were three Auschwitz camps altogether. The picture above is of Auschwitz II-Birkenau. The camps are located about 37 miles west of Krakow, Germany, near the prewar Polish-German border. During WWII, Germany invaded and conquered Poland and established the three camps. They were used to incarcerate, force labor, and ultimately kill the Polish and Jewish population. Equipped with crematoriums and gas chambers, it was determined that these deaths would be essential to the Nazi Germany population.
The Holocaust became a major part of history. "Whenever there is confusion on top of sadness on top of hate on top of pain, you will find activity", and yet paranormal investigators respectfully decline the tantalizing opportunity to investigate these haunting camps. For those who have, there is reported feelings of cold, dread, and sadness. Some claim to have felt hands hold theirs as they walk through the gates of what was once a place for children or in the gas chambers. Some burst into tears they cannot contain hours after leaving, while some claim that birds do not even fly in these camps and if they do, they do not sing.
Poised high atop the volcanic Castle Rock, stands the domineering Edinburgh Castle, reputed to be the most haunted place in Scotland. Dated back as far as 9th century BC, it has had much history though mostly noted as a royal castle from the 12th century to the 16th. From there, it was a military base and has become a historic monument.
The fortress is Scotland's most visited paid tourist attraction. Various claims include visitors recalling a phantom piper, headless drummer, spirits of the French prisoners from the Seven Years War, and even a ghostly dog! The 900 year old cellar includes a dungeon which could evidently be the place for the unrest spirits.
This deteriorating house in Essex was considered to be "the most haunted house in England". The Victorian era mansion was located near the East coast of England, near the Suffolk border. It was constructed in 1863, and destroyed by a fire in 1939. Local legend says that it was a monastery in the 13th century, and a monk and a young and beautiful nun were having an affair. After they were discovered, the monk was executed and the nun was bricked up alive within the convent's wall.
What's fascinating about this house is that the reported paranormal activity and experiences date all the way back to the 1800's! Though the house has been gone for ages now, people have heard unexplained footsteps, have seen a phantom coach driven by two headless horsemen, and the sound of servants bells. But the most popular sighting that the Borley Rectory is known for, is the apparition of the nun who is commonly seen. She is seen most often in the garden with her head down in sorrow and was the subject of one of the most famous and thrilling photos ever taken. See if you can spot her in the photo below!
Go where we may, rest where we will, Eternal London haunts us still...
— Thomas Moore
Tower of London
This historic castle sits on north bank of the River Thames in central London, England. The castle has played an important role in England's history. It was a royal residence early in its history but then it was used as a prison since at least 1100. But this historical castle has a famous ghost. In 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was beheaded for treason against King Henry VIII. She allegedly haunts the chapel of St. Peter and Vincula, where she is buried. Many have seen her walking around the white tower of the castle carrying her head under her arm. Many of the night staff of the castle claim they hear and see things they wish not to discuss. Other reported ghosts seen there are Henry VI, Lady Jane Gray, Margaret Pole, and the Princes in the Tower. What a royal haunting!
These are just some of the many scariest haunted places from around the world. It would be my dream to travel to some of these places and experience the phenomena! If you have a destination you think should make the list or have an experience of your own, feel free to leave a comment below!
Let Me Know!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2011 Brianna W
Peter Benson from Chelmsford, Essex on November 06, 2014:
Great page! I have been lucky enough to have visited 3 of these places, Edinburgh Castle is great, and within the city itself there is a network of subterranean tunnels and dwellings, many of which which were sealed during the plague.
These tunnels and dwellings are now open to the public and conduct tours, so a 2 for 1 in Scotland is possible,
London has many paranormal features for the adventurous Investigator, not just the Tower,
Unfortunately the actual site of Borley rectory is just that, a site... the building having burned down a few years ago (in quite mysterious circumstances!) Most visitors choose to visit the church and grounds over the road these days.And a BIG Thank you for the info about "The Ancient Ram Inn" ... looks like I've found my next place to visit!!!
Brianna W (author) from East Coast on October 05, 2014:
Thank you so much kennethavery for stopping by. That art really does add to the hub doesn't it? I thought it would be perfect.
I'm so glad you enjoyed! I ABSOLUTLEY love writing about haunted places. It's something that has always interested me and I could never get bored researching and writing about them.
Oh, and I have already been a follower of yours for quite some time! Brilliant work!
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on October 04, 2014:
Absolutely, completely fabulous hub. Great read. Voted Up and all of the choices. I love hubs like this. Where did you get that terrific artwork at the very top? I loved it. And loved your work.
Keep it up and if you are not a follower, I personally invite you to be one of my followers today. I would love that.
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Brianna W (author) from East Coast on August 30, 2014:
You are completely correct drp! That is a typo that I can't believe has gone unnoticed this long. I am fixing it now. Thank you for reading and I appreciate the feedback!
drp on March 14, 2014:
the only problem i have with this article is that it says Edinburgh castle is located in England even though it's situated in Scotland
Brianna W (author) from East Coast on July 22, 2013:
Ranu- plenty luck on visiting one if these places! I would love to visit them too.
ranu on January 12, 2013:
wow! i found it a nice article . aftr reading am scare but i'll definitely visit at least one of these places.
Brianna W (author) from East Coast on September 14, 2011:
Thank you carcro and agreed, that would be one incredible adventure!
Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on September 14, 2011:
It would be real neat to take a world tour and visit all of these places. There is nothing like history to add to the folklore of ancient buildings. It would be a great adventure for sure! Thanks for sharing, voted Up and Awesome!
Brianna W (author) from East Coast on August 14, 2011:
Awesome! Thank you, it really is great to see my hub being used for a positive use.
jwhitman from Albany, New York on August 13, 2011:
This is really great! In October I have my students do a research project on ghosts/hauntings...I have to tell you that I'm totally bookmarking this and using it to start off my unit with them = )
Voting up, useful, awesome and interesting!
Brianna W (author) from East Coast on August 04, 2011:
goody7 from over there under the sycamore tree on August 04, 2011:
I'm glad I could be your very first visitor here. This is a great hub & I find this subject to be totally fascinating, and I have put a link from your hub to my own ghostly hub, "which has become known as Ghost Central". Hopefully you'll get some traffic this way. If you don't like the link, then just please let me know, and I will remove it for you. Keep on hubbing.