There are countless tourist destinations around the world that are completely shrouded by mystery. These tourist destinations have been around for a very long time and have ghosts of the people who lived there centuries ago. Visiting and exploring these tourist destinations is like a dream come true for adventurous tourists. These destinations mark the site of traumatic deaths that were caused due to murder or imprisonment. If truth be told, the more sordid the destination’s history, the more paranormal activity they tend to boast of!
From a beautiful island in Mexico to a castle in Ireland, here’s a list of the top 10 most haunted tourist destinations around the world:
10. The Bhangarh Fort – Bhangarh, India
Legend has it that the Bhangarh Fort in India was cursed, together with its residents, by a black magic sorcerer. The sorcerer cursed the residents of the palace so that they would all die unnatural deaths and their spirits would haunt the fort forever.
Now, visitors are not allowed to step foot inside the fort after sunset. All the visitors of the fort are supposed to leave from there before dusk, which is at 6 PM. Rumors have it that spirits roam around in the fort at night. It is fairly common for people to hear strange noises (women crying in the fort and screaming etc.).
9. The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum – Beechworth, Australia
The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum was formerly a hospital. A nighttime ghost tour through this asylum leads visitors through its different cells, wards and surgical rooms. Rumor has it that former patients of the hospital who died violent deaths still reside here and their spirits roam the halls. To make it more interesting, you can take a paranormal investigation tour of the asylum in which you will be equipped with infrared goggles, night vision cameras and a range of other equipment to give you a bit of a fright!
8. Island of the Dolls – Mexico City, Mexico
Known as the Isla de las Munecas, the Island of the Dolls is somewhat hidden among the Xochimilco Canals. The island is actually dedicated to a girl who, legend has it, drowned under extremely mysterious circumstances. Hundreds of parts of dolls have been hung from trees and placed in the grass – and all of them are believed to be possessed by her spirit. If anything, this particular tourist destination is definitely spooky!
7. Hunedoara Castle – Transylvania, Romania
Also known as the Corvin or Hunyad Castle, this particular castle has a number of horror stories attached to it. Legend has it that two children were murdered inside the castle in their beds during the 16th century. In a separate incident, it is said that a woman who had an affair with a soldier was murdered in the castle by her husband. Her body was found about 200 years later inside one of the walls. A number of attempts have been made by countless exorcists, but the spirits continue to remain there.
6. Hell Fire Club – Dublin, Ireland
The Hell Fire Club in Dublin, Ireland has been given the title “the most terrifying experience in Dublin.” The lodge sits on Montpelier Hill. Legend has it that this was an ancient burial site and workers who were constructing the lodge in 1725 took stones from nearby grave sites to use for building purposes. Shortly after the construction of the lodge, its roof was blown off by a storm and the locals deemed it the work of the devil. Rumors are that occult practices took place in the lodge and that it continues to remain haunted to this day.
5. The Mines of Paris – Paris, France
For those who don’t know, the Mines of Paris are basically a stone quarry that consists of a web of tunnels found beneath the city. A few of the tunnels were converted into catacombs in the late 18th century for the bones of those buried in the overflowing mass graveyards of Paris to be placed. A portion of the catacombs, together with an abandoned railway, are open to the public and it is here that visitors at times encounter ghosts walking the dark tunnels.
4. Chateau de Chateaubriant – Chateaubriant, France
This is a medieval castle that has attracted tourists for centuries. However, not every tourist has what it takes to enter its famous Chambre Doree. Why is that so? Well, because of the legend that the wife of Jean de Laval, Francoise de Foix (1945-1537) was locked and assassinated by her jealous husband on October 16, 1537. With the passage of time, a pool of blood continues to appear every year in the room in front of the chimney.
3. Stull Cemetery – Stull, Kansas
There’s no denying the fact that cemeteries are spooky in general. However, there aren’t many cemeteries in the world that have particularly been given the title “the seven gateways to hell.” There are several hidden steps nestled inside this sleepy town, all of which are believed to lead to the netherworld. To make things more interesting, it is extremely hard to find the steps and they only become visible during the Spring equinox and Halloween. Just in case a visitor ends up finding them, it is considered best for them to refrain from descending the stairs as it is believed to be impossible for anyone to come back up from them.
2. Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Established in 1912, the Byberry Mental Asylum at the Philadelphia State Hospital was inaugurated with the noble intention of accommodating the mentally ill citizens of the city. However, with the passage of time, the asylum faced a lack of funds, which together with neglect and sub-human standards for patients lead to its closure in 1990. The building of the mental asylum continued to stand empty for many years and gained attention from not just vandals, but people who performed satanic rituals. Most of the complex was demolished by the authorities in the year 2006, but a single remaining building still stands at the Byberry campus and is believed to be haunted.
1. Castle of Good Hope – Cape Town, South Africa
Built in the 17th century by the Dutch East India Company, the Castle of Good Hope has long been haunted. The very first reported paranormal occurrence was in 1915 when the apparition of a tall gentleman took place on one of the castle’s ramparts. With time, the apparitions continued and the man was seen jumping off the side of one of the castle walls and walking between the bastions Leerdam and Oranje.
Back in the 1700s, a soldier was found hanging from the bell rope in the bell tower of the castle. The bell tower was later sealed off, but the bell continues to strike off its own accord to this day. The ghost of a black dog has also been sighted in the castle and it is said that the ghost pounces on unsuspecting visitors and then simply vanishes into thin air.
References: ghost-story.co.uk, touristinromania.net