When ghosts reside in a place, we say that this place is “haunted”. Nevertheless, it’s not clear and there’s no concrete proof that ghosts do indeed exist or even haunt certain places (even though some claim to have seen of ghosts around us). What is clear however, is that a large number of people believe in ghosts and it’s hard not to after seeing these 25 little-known haunted places outside America.
For that matter, the belief in ghosts has become part of pop culture with many movies and books depicting haunted houses, weary spirits, and all sorts or paranormal activity. During the last decade in America, with the popularization of ghost-hunting TV shows we’ve seen the emergence of “super haunts”: destinations with so much spirit energy that people with average sensitivity have been able to “feel” the spirits. Furthermore, these hyper spiritual energy locations easily register on ghost-hunting equipment lending some form of credibility to the existence of ghosts and other paranormal events. However, some might think this is just a local phenomenon or just another crazy thing people believe. Whether you are a believer or not, the truth is that millions of people around the world believe in ghosts to the point of visit supposedly haunted places to find out for themselves if the whole thing is just silly rumors or the real thing. Are you brave enough to visit these 25 Little-Known Haunted Places Outside America?
Queen Elizabeth Hotel (Canada)
The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada, is purportedly haunted by a woman in white. According to unverified reports her ghost wanders the halls and stairs, and she is said to also roam around in guests’ rooms. Some people claim to have been touched and pushed by invisible presences, and to have heard noises including disembodied voices, loud bangs, mysterious knocks, and footsteps. Other paranormal activity, including cold spots and the feeling of being watched, has been reported by staff and guests.
Beechworth Lunatic Asylum (Australia)
Beechworth Lunatic Asylum in Beechworth, Victoria, is reportedly haunted by the ghosts of deceased patients. Open from 1867 to 1995, the asylum has appeared in a number of books, TV shows, and documentaries, including A.C.T. Paranormal. Ghost tours take place each night.
Tuen Mun Road (China)
Tuen Mun Road has the frightening reputation of being haunted. The alarming amount of deaths via car accidents have led locals to believe that ghosts are the culprits. In fact, locals claim that the reason for the accidents has to do with drivers attempting to avoid collisions with ghosts that suddenly materialize on the road. What’s worse is that some drivers have reported losing control of their cars as if someone else was driving. Yikes!
The Castle of Good Hope (South Africa)
Built by the Dutch East India Company between 1666 and 1679, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa. It is believed to be the most haunted place in the country and some of the ghosts that “live” there include the ghost of Lady Anne Barnard who was a resident, the ghost of a soldier who hanged himself in the bell tower, and the ghosts of soldiers pacing the battlements.
The Beau-Séjour Palace (Portugal)
The Beau-Séjour Palace in Lisbon is said to be haunted by the Baron of Glória, who lived there in the nineteenth century. Employees working at the palace report moving and disappearing objects and windows opening and closing abruptly. Visitors to the gardens also report hearing nonexistent bells ringing.
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The Mohatta Palace (Pakistan)
The Mohatta Palace in Karachi, Pakistan, is said to be haunted by ghosts of the British Raj. Museum guides claim to have seen various objects that have moved from their original place, or shifted about, while guards claim to have “felt” the presence of certain spirits at night.
The Vulcan Hotel (New Zealand)
The Vulcan Hotel, in Saint Bathans, Otago, is reputedly haunted by the ghost of a nineteenth-century prostitute who may have been murdered there and was known as “The Rose.”
Casa de la Zacatecana (Mexico)
This beautiful colonial mansion in Santiago de Querétaro, in Querétaro, Mexico, is said to be haunted by two spirits. The legend takes us back to the seventeenth century when a woman known as “La Zacatecana” ordered her husband’s murder and then executed the killer.
Tambun Inn (Malaysia)
Tambun Inn Hotel is located in Ipoh, Malaysia, and is one of the top tourist destinations in the country. It is also reported to be haunted by many apparitions. Some of these accounts mention lights turning on and off, whispers and eerie cries, as well as a report of an old woman spotted in the vicinity of the inn.
Leap Castle (Ireland)
Leap Castle was built around 1250 CE in Coolderry, County Offaly, Ireland. Throughout its history many people were imprisoned and executed there, and it is supposedly haunted by several spirits. It has been featured on the TV shows Scariest Places on Earth and Most Haunted.
Jeruk Purut Cemetery (Indonesia)
A cemetery in Jakarta is said to be haunted by the ghost of a decapitated pastor, which carries its head with it followed by a large black dog. The story was used as the inspiration for the 2006 film Hantu Jeruk Purut, but of course there’s no testimony proving the story is valid.
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Elmwood Cemetery (Canada)
According to local legend Elmwood Cemetery in Winnipeg, Canada, is where the ghost of a little boy named Joseph, who died in 1912, plays. Supposedly, he is the reason why an unexplained fog sometimes rolls through the cemetery, making things even creepier.
Château de Brissac (France)
According to legend Jacques de Brézé caught his wife, Charlotte, with another man, and in a fit of rage murdered them. Tourists have spoken of an eerie feeling, slight touches, spectral sightings, and wailing throughout the halls.
Alexander Theatre (Finland)
Alexander Theatre in Helsinki, Finland, is supposedly haunted by the ghost of an officer. The ghost moved to Helsinki as the tiles to build the Alexander Theatre were relocated from Åland. Some have suggested that the officer passed away in the Crimean War and has been there since.
Baron Empain Palace (Egypt)
Tourists have reportedly heard voices throughout the palace late at night. Guards and police have also claimed to see ghosts of former residents wandering around the lawn at midnight.
The Burma Inn (China)
The Burma Inn in Beijing is said to have a ghost walking through the corridors looking for the chef that poisoned his food. What’s even more frightening is that the chef stabbed himself on the same night of the poisoned patron’s death, which means it could be two ghosts there fighting each other.
Frankenstein Castle (Germany)
We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of Frankenstein and his creature by way of the novel or its many film incarnations, but how familiar are you with Frankenstein Castle in Germany? Frankenstein Castle is a hilltop castle in the Odenwald, overlooking the city of Darmstadt, and allegedly an inspiration for Mary Shelley when she wrote her story. Ghost Hunters International aired an episode about the castle and the hunters testified that they experienced significant paranormal activity while shooting the episode.
Calling Lake School (Canada)
The Calling Lake School in Calling Lake, Canada, was an Aboriginal resting place for many centuries. Paranormal activities include shadowy figures, ghostly footsteps, disembodied voices, the feeling of being watched by specters, and a sense of unease.
The Joelma Building (Brazil)
The Joelma Building in São Paulo, Brazil, is allegedly haunted by victims of a fire that started on February 1, 1974, after an air-conditioning unit on the twelfth floor overheated. It is believed that the people who died in the elevator as they were trying to escape the fire still haunt the building since many mysterious incidents have occurred there since then.
Garments Factory (Bangladesh)
Almost 3,500 workers stopped working in a garments factory in Gazipur, Bangladesh. The workers protested and demanded the rapid removal of a ghost, which some workers claimed attacked them in the ladies’ room, terrifying them.
The Woodford Academy (Australia)
The Woodford Academy in Woodford, New South Wales, was originally built in 1834 as an inn and later became a private boys school. Multiple accounts of hauntings by boys who died there due to accidents are said to have occurred at the site. Ghost tours have since started taking place there.
Llancaiach Fawr (Wales)
Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a Tudor manor house near the village of Nelson, located just north of the site of the former Llancaiach Colliery in South Wales. The place is allegedly haunted by a number of ghosts. These include a specter who appears to be a nineteenth-century housekeeper known as “Mattie,” a young boy who fell to his death from one of the upper rooms, a man usually seen in deep contemplation, and a figure who walks the grounds, but not within the manor. In 2007, the Guardian listed Llancaiach as one of the top ten haunted places in the UK.
The Ozone Disco Club (Philippines)
On March 18, 1996, a fire at the Ozone Disco Club in Quezon City in the Philippines killed 162 people. It is acknowledged as the worst fire in Philippine history, and among the ten worst nightclub fires in the world. Additionally, people who live near the area claim to hear ghostly disco music in their houses at night and see faint people dancing.
Toftaholm Herrgård Hotel (Sweden)
According to legend a baron who lived there had promised the hand of his daughter to a commoner but instead he gave his daughter to someone richer from a higher social class. On her wedding day the commoner hanged himself from the rafters and his spirit is said to wander Room 324, where he took his life.
Vernescu House (Romania)
In Romania, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, it’s not hard to find places that are considered haunted. One of them is Vernescu’s House, which the locals call the “Cellar of the Devil,” and in which a casino currently operates. It is said that in the past century several players committed suicide there after they lost their entire fortunes playing roulette. Reports indicate three ghosts haunt the house, shaking the furniture, causing air currents, and sometimes even appearing in the halls.