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).
Akershus Castle, Norway
Built in the 13th century to protect Norway´s capital Oslo, the Akershus Castle is regarded as the scariest place in the country. In more recent history, the castle served as a prison here many prisoners died and it was also where the Nazis executed masses of people during the WWII. With such a bleak history, it comes as no surprise that the castle is believed to be haunted by numerous ghosts, even including the ghost of a dog who was supposed to guard the castle gate.
Charleville Castle, Ireland
A Gothic-style castle located in Ireland, the Charleville Castle is one the most haunted castles in the country. Alleged to be haunted by the third Earl of Charleville’s daughter Harriet, the castle was featured in several paranormal reality TV series such as Scariest Places on Earth, Most Haunted, and Ghost Hunters International. Harriet is believed to have haunted the place since 1861 when she died after falling from the staircase at the age of eight.
Franklin Castle, Ohio
Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the Franklin Castle has a particularly gloomy reputation, ranking among the most haunted places in the US. The castle features many hidden passages and rooms, including a trap door that lead to a tunnel that goes nowhere, and, more infamously, a room in which dozens of human baby skeletons were found. Surrounded by several other tragic stories, the castle is thought to be haunted by children ghosts.
Erasmus Castle, South Africa
Also known as “Die Spookhuis” or “The Haunted House”, the Erasmus Castle is a large mansion famous for frequent ghost sightings and supernatural encounters. These days, the castle is open for public tours and cultural gatherings, which is why so many people have witnessed various paranormal activities at the castle such as lit windows in the uninhabited parts of the building, unexplainable human sounds etc.
Beaumaris Castle, Wales
One of the world´s greatest examples of symmetrical concentric planning, the Beaumaris Castle is a haunted medieval castle in north Wales. Built in 1330, the castle is said to be home to strange echoes of chanting which have been caught on audio recording equipment by visitors to the small chapel area. The feeling of being watched has also been felt in the long dark corridors and an over-all sense of creepy loneliness can be felt there.