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).
Larnach Castle, New Zealand
Located at the ridge of the Otago Peninsula in New Zealand, the Larnach Castle is one of the spookiest places in the country. Originally built as the residence of William Larnach, a prominent entrepreneur and politician in colonial New Zealand, the castle is said to be haunted by at least one, and possibly two ghosts: that of Kate, the daughter of the mansion’s original owner and that of Larnach’s first wife, Eliza.
Castle of Good Hope, South Africa
Built by the Dutch East India Company in the second half of the 17th century, the Castle of Good Hope is generally considered the most haunted site in South Africa. The resident ghosts reportedly include the ghost of Lady Anne Barnard who lived there, the ghost of a soldier who hanged himself in the bell tower and the ghosts of soldiers pacing the battlements. Despite its scary reputation, the castle was declared a national monument in 1936.
Chateau de Brissac, France
Built as early as in the 11th century, Chateau de Brissac is a haunted castle in west-central France. According to the legend, one of the previous residents of the castle caught his wife with another man and murdered them both. These days, the castle serves as a hotel where multiple paranormal activities such as eerie sounds, slight touches, ghostly sightings, and wailing throughout the halls are frequently reported by the guests.
Belcourt Castle, Rhode Island
Originally built as a summer cottage designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt for Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, a prominent 19th century US politician, the Belcourt Castle is now one of the most haunted places in Rhode Island. In 1956, the Tinney family of Cumberland bought this castle and one of the family members, Harold Tinney, is believed to reside in the castle even in his afterlife, roaming the castle´s grounds.
Castle Fraser, Scotland
Located in east Scotland, the Castle Fraser is famous for its legend according to which a princess was once staying at the castle when she was brutally murdered while sleeping. Her body was dragged down the stone stairs, leaving a blood trail. As hard as they tried, the occupants of the castle could not scrub out the stains so they decided to cover the steps in wood paneling, which remains today. It is said she still stalks the halls of the castle during the night.