Halloween 2023: 10 Haunted Castles To Visit Around The World

Waquar Habib

Himeji Castle, Japan

Himeji Castle, dating back to 1333, is a prime illustration of Japanese castle architecture. The legend of Okiku, accused of losing dishes and being killed, lingers as her ghost reportedly counts dishes at night.

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Leap Castle, Ireland

In this Irish castle's "Bloody Chapel," a brother fatally stabbed a priest, with rumours of the priest's ghost haunting the chapel. Additionally, a hidden dungeon was discovered during the 1900s renovation.

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Burg Eltz, Germany

Burg Eltz dates back to 1157 and is filled with fascinating myths and legends, including the story of Countess Agnes. Her bedroom, bed, breastplate, and battle axe, preserved in the castle.

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Castle Fraser, Scotland

Castle Fraser preserves a haunting narrative of a slain princess. Her bloodstains on the stone stairs persist, concealed beneath wooden panelling, while whispers of her ghostly presence echo through the castle.

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Bran Castle, Romania

The Bran Castle is believed to be linked to Vlad III Dracula, notorious for impaling his victims. It is a museum where you can witness eerie artefacts, such as the golden casket housing the heart of Romania's Queen Marie.

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Bhangarh Fort, India

The 17th-century Bhangarh Fort is a deserted site surrounded by local legends. It is said that a sadhu cursed the fort because it didn't comply with his conditions, which adds to its eerie atmosphere.

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Dragsholm Castle, Denmark

Dragsholm Castle is home to three reportedly haunted spirits: a grey lady, a white lady, and James Hepburn, the 4th Earl of Bothwell. The castle was originally built as a palace in 1215.

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Chillingham Castle, England

Chillingham Castle, considered the most haunted castle in Britain, has a dark history of dungeons and torture chambers. It is home to a range of ghostly inhabitants.

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Château de Trécesson, France

Château de Trécesson is linked to the spectral Dames Blanches, reportedly drifting through its corridors and nearby waters. The castle is famed for a tragic 1750 tale of a dame buried alive by her brothers on her wedding day.

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Predjama Castle, Slovenia

Once home to knight Erazem Lueger, Predjama Castle's secret passages bore witness to treachery and torture, leaving Lueger's alleged ghostly presence lingering within its walls.

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