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5 Haunted Castles Worth Exploring

Castles have fascinated us since the Middle Ages, offering a gothic allure, being surrounded by myths or supposedly haunted by ghosts. In Europe, many castles are known for being haunted by ghosts, vampires or witches. If you want to see how real these ghost encounters are, here are 5 of the most haunted castles in Europe!

Haunted castle

1. The Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania
Located deep within the Carpathian Mountains, the castle over 1,000 years old is best known for being Dracula’s Castle in the 1400s. Vlad III Dracul is probably one of the most infamous images of cruelty, due to his preferred method of torture, the impalement. But the cruelty doesn’t end here. Dracula preferred even more gruesome tortures, including hammering nails into the thief’s head, hacking off limbs, blinding, and strangulation, burning or boiled alive, scalping or skinning alive. The castle is filled with instruments from the time of Vlad, being a museum for over 40 years now.

The Bran Castle

2. Windsor Castle, London, England
Home of the present Queen of England, the Windsor castle is over 900 years old, rumored to host several ghosts from England’s past. King Henry VIII has been seen walking the hallways of the castle. Many guests said they heard footsteps, agonizing moans on several occasions coming from the castle’s corridors. Some people said they even saw Queen Elizabeth I in the Royal Library, in a black gown walking about. The first Duke of Buckingham, Sir George Villiers, is known to haunt one of the castle’s bedrooms, while the Long Walk is filled with wondering spirits.

The Windsor Castle

3. Dragsholm Slot, Sealand, Denmark
Build in the 12th century, the Dragsholm castle that was home to kinds and noble families has now been converted into a hotel, home to three ghosts: a gray lady, a white one and the ghost of the Earl of Bothwell. The gray lady is said to be a maiden that worked in the castle, while the white lady is the daughter of one of the owners of the castle. Her father caught her in love with a common man and imprisoned her in the castle’s dungeons. In 1930, while building new toilets for the castles, the workers found a skeleton with a white dress imprisoned in the wall. Some areas of the hotel were analyzed by American parapsychologists and found extreme amounts of electricity and radio activity.

The Dragsholm Slot

4. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Located on a volcano that turned into a rock, the castle is the center of Scottish history for over 800 years now. After a terrifying plague, officials decided to build the new city over the remains of the old one. The Underground city was discovered in 1990 perfectly preserved while some people were renovating a home. There have been stories of people grabbed by icy hands, shows of light of unknown origin or voices heard throughout the grounds.

The Edinburgh Castle

5. Ballygally Castle, Ireland
Built in 1625, the Ballygally Castle has now been turned to a hotel, occasionally haunted by Lady Shaw, a former lady of the Castle. She is said to love knocking at the doors of various hotel rooms and finds it amusing when she finds no one there. Ballygally is located near the Giant’s Causeway, offering superb views of the Antrim Mountains and the Irish Sea. You can also try renting a fishing boat for deep sea fishing or catching a trout near the river.

The Ballygally Castle

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21 Comments for "5 Haunted Castles Worth Exploring"

sir jorge says on June 5th, 2008 at 7:09 pm:

it’s just too bad that i can’t afford the travel costs to get there.

Janet Maday says on July 15th, 2008 at 11:13 pm:

What could be scarier than a haunted castle in Transylvania and also, former home of my idol, DRACULA!!!
Love it…..!
What a unique vacation…can hardly wait to tell my husband I booked it!!!!

Debby Phillips says on July 29th, 2008 at 6:15 pm:

When I was growing up there was an old abandoned mansion down the road. Everyone said that it was haunted and you could see ghost in the windows at night. I was always really scared to ride my bike in front of that house. I would pedal as fast as I could to get past the house before I saw something or it grabbed me. Now they offer tours of the mansion. Needless to say, I won’t be taking that tour!

Thai Hotel Expert says on August 9th, 2008 at 8:03 pm:

well don’t know much about that but the Giant’s Causeway was great. It’s one of the most amazing thing I’ve seen. The scenery and all those stone are unbelievable:-)

Ron Killaars says on November 6th, 2008 at 9:36 pm:

Here is a castle that should be mentioned:

preeta saikia says on April 6th, 2009 at 8:35 am:

stories were wow… i would like to explore even though i do not have much of gutts…. however i do belive in ghost a lot as much as i believe in god….. i respect the souls that are wandering here and there and would like to be friends with them…..

Karen says on July 7th, 2009 at 1:54 am:

These castles are beautiful. I wish that I could go, but limited funds prevail.

beheaded says on July 16th, 2009 at 6:05 pm:

Hey we will be going to draculas castle this year. I am so excited to see it. I am more excited to hang out with my friend there that lives within a cam distance away or such. They did redo part inside so I hope it is not too changed.

andrew says on April 21st, 2010 at 2:04 pm:

i love haunted ctings i wish i owened on i love parinormal activity

Elena says on May 5th, 2010 at 3:47 pm:

I would love to know more about German haunted castles if there are any, but it seems like Ireland and England had (have) more troublesome history. Or eastern europeans (excluding Romania) are more relaxed? I love castles and I was in Germany twice every time visiting castles. Just love them and awed by ones with paranormal activities. One of my ideas is to have a wedding at one of those castles, besides the idea of owning one at some point in my life ))

Joel says on May 26th, 2010 at 2:25 am:

i love beer even no im 11

Rofl says on July 20th, 2010 at 11:54 pm:

Too funny that last comment

ristinw says on August 4th, 2010 at 4:50 am:

wow! that sounds interesting. i wish i could visit the castle in Romania! Are there any this kind of castle in Prague?

kelli bailey says on October 20th, 2010 at 5:02 am:

i would luv to visit the castle with my family soon

Teresa says on May 27th, 2012 at 5:38 am:

Imagination kill’s its all in the mind , If ever there is a ghost out there talk to them i dont think they will harm you . Face your fear and you feel much better although the Image stays in your memory.

Andry says on August 26th, 2012 at 3:53 am:

I always dream to visit one of them. But when????

Annie@GreenGlobalTravel says on September 25th, 2013 at 4:11 am:

I didnt know Edinburgh Castle had this history! Another reason to go back there, I suppose ;-)

Joanne says on October 6th, 2013 at 6:14 am:

The first picture at the top here is actually Culzean Castle, near Ayr in Scotland. Fact.


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