Have you ever been to a haunted castle? After dedicating several posts to some of the world´s most beautiful and amazing castles like these 25 astounding fairy-tale like European castles or these 25 amazing castles you should see, it’s time to focus on some of the scariest, spookiest, most haunted castles ever. With Halloween just around the corner, we took the liberty to look into castles that are guaranteed to give you nightmares. Sites of brutal witch hunts, bloody battles, murders and other horrifying events, that apparently are magnets of paranormal activity. These eerie castles have become homes to lingering restless souls, eerie apparitions, unexplainable sounds and disturbing sights. Are you scared yet? You should be because the gloomy medieval structures you’re about to see rank among the creepiest, most haunted and ghost-infested places in the world. From the notorious Frankenstein Castle in Germany (which might have inspired Marry Shelley to write her famous horror novel Frankenstein) to the feared Czech Houska Castle which is rumored to be haunted by terrifying ghosts and creatures. Staying at any of these 25 Haunted Castles is definitely not recommended. That is unless you enjoy being in the company of ghosts and other supernatural beings (we certainly don’t).
Castle of Horst, Belgium
Situated in the Belgian municipality of Holsbeek, the Castle of Horst is a half-ruined Flemish Renaissance castle that is reportedly haunted by one of its previous owners Lord of Rode. The locals say the ghost of the lord comes back every day at midnight in a carriage pulled by six wild horses. The soul of the legendary 15th century lord cannot find rest for having murdered a priest who might have had an affair with the lord´s wife.
Predjama Castle, Slovenia
Known for its hidden passageways and unique position as it was built within a cave, the Predjama Castle has a violent history. In the 15th century, the castle was a seat of the knight Erazem, a feared robber baron. After a long besieging by the Habsburgs´ army, Erazem was killed in this castle. Since then, the castle is believed to be haunted. In 2008, it was even investigated for paranormal activity by the Ghost Hunters International.
Dragsholm Castle, Denmark
One of the scariest places in Denmark, the Dragsholm Castle has been reportedly haunted by a number of ghosts. One of them is the White Lady that is supposed to be the ghost of a girl who fell in love with a local commoner. The girl’s father found out about the lovers and imprisoned the girl in her room. In early 20th century, shocked construction workers found a small recess in one of the castle´s walls which contained a small skeleton wearing a white dress.
Wolfsegg Castle, Germany
Located in the German state of Bavaria, the Wolfsegg Castle is thought to host ghosts for more than 500 years. In the 16th century, the owner of the castle hired two farmers to kill his wife after discovering she was having an affair. Soon after, the man and his sons suddenly died. Since then, the castle has been allegedly haunted by the White Woman. To make things even scarier, numerous animal skeletons of unknown origin were discovered in a nearby cave.
Castle of Bardi, Italy
Also known as Landi Castle, the Castle of Bardi is thought to be haunted by the ghost of Moroello, an army captain who killed himself after his lover Soleste committed a suicide, thinking that Moroello had died in a battle. Nowadays, this old medieval castle serves as a museum dedicated to local folklore and customs but the ghost of Moroello is still believed to reside at the castle, roaming the grounds and searching for his love.