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).
Frankenstein Castle, Germany
Overlooking the city of Darmstadt in central Germany, the Frankenstein Castle is alleged to have been an inspiration for Mary Shelley when she wrote her famous Gothic novel Frankenstein. The castle is thought to be haunted by the ghost of Arbogast, a knight who once used to live there. In 2008, the Ghost Hunters International team proved there really is some sort of paranormal activity going on at the castle.
Leap Castle, Ireland
Built by the Irish O’Bannon clan in the 13th century, the Leap Castle has a long and bloody history. There was a brutal fratricide committed in the castle´s chapel now known as the Bloody Chapel. Moreover, many people were held prisoners and executed there. The castle is rumored to be haunted by a number of spirits, including a violent supernatural entity known as the Elemental, most recognizable by the accompanying smell of rotting flesh and sulfur.
Zvikov Castle, Czech Republic
One of the most important early-Gothic castles in the Czech Republic, the Zvikov Castle is thought to be haunted by a supernatural being known as Rarasek. Weird events occur at the castle frequently, including unexplainable technical problems, unpredictable animals behavior, spontaneous extinguishing of fires, electromagnetic anomalies etc. Allegedly, those who happen to sleep in the main tower will die within a year.
Moosham Castle, Austria
Built at the end of the 12th century, the Moosham Castle has an unusually gloomy and bloody past as thousands of young women were executed there during brutal witch trials. In the 19th century, numerous dead deer and cattle were also found near the castle, which gave rise to a speculation that the castle might have also served as a werewolves´ refuge. These days, the castle is better known as the Witches Castle.
Bran Castle, Romania
One of the scariest castles in the world, the Bran Castle is alleged to have been the seat of Vlad III – a cruel Romanian ruler better known as Vlad Dracula or Vlad the Impaler. Notorious for brutal impaling his enemies, the character of Vlad III inspired Bram Stoker to write his famous Gothic horror novel Dracula. Yet, the castle has another creepy element – one of its chapels hosts a gold casket in which the Queen Marie’s heart was placed and buried.