So we’ve made posts of fairy-tale castles, snowy castles and now it’s time to post on spooky castles. These castles include brutal witch hunts, murders, and other horrifying events that seem to revisit these fortresses. The ghosts of the pasts keep haunting the present.
Frankenstein Castle, Germany
Overlooking the city of Darmstadt in central Germany, the Frankenstein Castle is alleged to have been an inspiration for Mary Shelley when she wrote her famous Gothic novel Frankenstein. The castle is thought to be haunted by the ghost of Arbogast, a knight who once used to live there. In 2008, the Ghost Hunters International team proved there really is some sort of paranormal activity going on at the castle.
Leap Castle, Ireland
Built by the Irish O’Bannon clan in the 13th century, the Leap Castle has a long and bloody history. There was a brutal fratricide committed in the castle´s chapel now known as the Bloody Chapel. Moreover, many people were held prisoners and executed there. The castle is rumored to be haunted by a number of spirits, including a violent supernatural entity known as the Elemental, most recognizable by the accompanying smell of rotting flesh and sulfur.
Zvikov Castle, Czech Republic
One of the most important early-Gothic castles in the Czech Republic, the Zvikov Castle is thought to be haunted by a supernatural being known as Rarasek. Weird events occur at the castle frequently, including unexplainable technical problems, unpredictable animals behavior, spontaneous extinguishing of fires, electromagnetic anomalies etc. Allegedly, those who happen to sleep in the main tower will die within a year.
Moosham Castle, Australia
Built at the end of the 12th century, the Moosham Castle has an unusually gloomy and bloody past as thousands of young women were executed there during brutal witch trials. In the 19thcentury, numerous dead deer and cattle were also found near the castle, which gave rise to a speculation that the castle might have also served as a werewolves´ refuge. These days, the castle is better known as the Witches Castle.
Bran Castle, Romania
One of the scariest castles in the world, the Bran Castle is alleged to have been the seat of Vlad III – a cruel Romanian ruler better known as Vlad Dracula or Vlad the Impaler. Notorious for brutal impaling his enemies, the character of Vlad III inspired Bram Stoker to write his famous Gothic horror novel Dracula. Yet, the castle has another creepy element – one of its chapels hosts a gold casket in which the Queen Marie’s heart was placed and buried.
I’ve been to this castle and toured it. After you climb the dark, narrow stairwell to the top tower room you will get the sense of something weird. The room definitely gives you the creeps.
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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.
The question is, why are these woman still lurking the halls of this mansion?
Chateau de Brissac, France
According to the legends, one of the previous residents of the castle caught his wife with another man and murdered them both. The castle is currently a hotel where guests are constantly having paranormal activity. They claim to hear eerie sounds, slight touches, to hear a woman wailing through the walls. Several guests have left in the middle of the night due to the scary experience.
Castle Fraser, Scotland
This castle is located in east Scotland and is legendary for a princess that once stayed at the castle and was brutally murdered while sleeping. Her body was dragged down the stone stairs and a trail of blood was left behind. They tried to scrub the floor clean and it was never completely scrubbed clean. So after years they decided to cover the steps in wood paneling which still remains today. People have said that he murdered princess still haunts the halls. That sounds can be heard on the stairs as if her body was thumping down the stairs.
Castle of Horst, Belgium
Situated in the Belgian municipality of Holsbeek, the Castle of Horst is a half-ruined Flemish Renaissance castle that is reportedly haunted by one of its previous owners Lord of Rode. The locals say the ghost of the lord comes back every day at midnight in a carriage pulled by six wild horses. The soul of the legendary 15th century lord cannot find rest for having murdered a priest who might have had an affair with the lord´s wife.
Predjama Castle, Slovenia
This castle has hidden passageways and has a unique position since it is nestled within a cave. But the Predjama Castle has a violent history. In the 15th century, the castle was a seat of the knight Erazem, a feared robber baron. After a long besieging by the Habsburgs´ army, Erazem was killed in this castle. Since then, the castle is haunted. In 2008, it was investigated for paranormal activity by the Ghost Hunters International.
Dragsholm Castle, Denmark
This is one of the scariest places in Denmark, the Dragsholm Castle. This castle is haunted by several ghosts. People have reported whom is now called, the White Lady seen multiple times by multiple people over the years. She is a ghost of a girl who fell in love with a local commoner. The girls father found out about the lover and locked the girl up in her room. In early 20th century, construction workers found in a recess in the wall of the girl’s room a small skeleton wearing a white dress. It is assumed that girl was left in her room to die.
It is no wonder her spirit roams the house to this day.
This German castle is host to ghosts for more than 500 years. In the 16th century, the owner of the castle hired two farmers to kill his wife after discovering she was having an affair. Soon after, the man and his son suddenly died. Many suspected that the dead woman was a witch and cast a spell on her family when she was killed.
To this day a woman in white haunts the castle. To make things even weirder, numerous animal skeletons of unknown origin were discovered in a nearby cave. Rumors say that the witch had a dragon that she kept in the cave.
Castle of Bardi, Italy
Also known as Landi Castle, the Castle of Bardi is thought to be haunted by the ghost of Moroello, an army captain who killed himself after his lover Soleste committed a suicide, thinking that Moroello had died in a battle. Nowadays, this old medieval castle serves as a museum dedicated to local folklore and customs but the ghost of Moroello is still believed to reside at the castle, roaming the grounds and searching for his love.
Houska Castle, Czech Republic
Just outside of Prague, this castle is considered one of the most haunted and spookiest places in Europe. The castle was not built as a fort to keep out the enemy. The castle (according to legend) was built over a large hole that is the gateway to hell. And a horrifying half-human and half-animal creature came out. So they built the house over the hole as quickly as possible to track the devil and all his demons inside.
But, can the devil be deterred by bricks? And so it is said that many people that enter this home can feel a sickly heavy feeling that makes their insides churn. And there are tales of people that have suddenly appeared possessed. So I wonder if there is a high amount of spiritual activity here.
Rocky Hill Castle, Alabama
Built as a plantation house between Town Creek and Courtland, Alabama, the Rocky Hill Castle was surrounded by numerous ghost stories and folklore legends. Before it was demolished in 1960s, the castle was purported to be haunted by the spirit of a Lady in Blue, ghosts of Civil War soldiers, and the ghosts of tortured slaves. Prior to its destruction, it was also alleged that knocking and banging of unknown origin often occurred in the house.
Ballygally Castle, Northern Ireland
Built in 1625, the Ballygally Castle is one of the most haunted places in Northern Ireland. Now serving as a hotel, the castle is reputed to host a number of ghosts, the most active of which is the former resident, Madam Nixon, who has been allegedly haunting the castle since her death in the 18th century. She roams the passages at night dressed in a silk dress. Her fleeting appearances have recently been confined to a room in a corner turret.
Franklin Castle, Ohio
This castle is in Cleveland, Ohio and has a horrible reputation. It is considered one of the most haunted places in America. The castle has a lot of hidden passages and rooms. There are traps doors that lead to tunnels that go no where. There is also a famous room in which a dozen human baby skeletons were found. The castle has many tragic stories including ghost children that remind you of something similar to children of the corn.