There are places, where not even the most courageous and hardened people want to venture. Sites of bloody tragedies, murders, supernatural phenomena or just very creepy occurrences that send chills down even the bravest of spines.
If you are one of those people who have an odd fascination with haunted places and scary locations, you will certainly enjoy today´s post. We’ve searched the world over to find 25 Of The Scariest Places On Earth (Warning: The faint-hearted should avoid these places at all costs).
From the terrifying suicide forest in Japan and the super haunted Leap Castle in Ireland to the creepy Voodoo market in Togo and the macabre Italian catacombs (with life-like dressed mummies…yikes!), all of the places featured in this list are the stuff nightmares are made of.
Hashima Island, Japan
Once home to over 5,000 people, the Hashima Island is now an abandoned and scary place located about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the city of Nagasaki, southern Japan. The island used to serve as a mining facility but after the coal was mined out, its residents quickly abandoned this place, leaving it at the mercy of nature.
Lake Natron, Tanzania
Located in northern Tanzania, the Lake Natron is a salt and soda lake notorious for its extremely high content of salt and scorching temperatures of up to 60 C (140 F). There are a few animal species that managed to adapt to this harsh environment but if any other animal touches the water, it can burn its skin and kill it. Then, the lake´s deposit of sodium carbonate will preserve the dead body, making it a true mummy.
Catacombs of Paris, France
Called “The Empire of the Dead”. This Paris catacomb is one of the largest and scariest catacombs in the world. With a total length of about 200 km (over 320 km), the catacombs are estimated to hold the remains of about six million people. Due to their extreme length and complexity, many people have found themselves lost and eventually died there over the years.
Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland
Located in Oswiecim in South Poland, the Nazi concentration camp is a place where at least 1.1 million (mostly Jewish) prisoners died. Living conditions in the camp were extremely brutal, and many of those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, or inhumane medical experiments.
Museum Vrolik, Netherlands
Located in Amsterdam inside the University of Amsterdam, the Museum Vrolik is one of the creepiest and scariest museums in the world. Named after Willem Vrolik, a Dutch anatomist and pathologist, the museum consists of various human and zoological body parts, fetuses and plaster casts that exhibit different aspects of embryology, pathology and anatomy. It also features numerous examples of congenital malformations and medical anomalies.