Friday the 13th is upon us! Besides Halloween, that’s the spookiest day around – and it happens several times a year. And what better way to spend it than by visiting some of the most haunted locations around? That’s why Skycop is presenting this list of some of the most mysterious (and spooky) places in Europe!
Beau-Séjour Palace, Portugal
Portugal is an old country, and like any good old country, it has plenty of edifices, palaces, villas, houses and shacks that attract spooks. Beau-Séjour Palace in Lisbon is said to count among the most haunted places in the country. Baron of Glória, its former inhabitants (and present squatter) is blamed for objects that move without reason or doors and windows suddenly closing. But that’s just the staff: visitors actually claim to hear bells in the garden, even though it has no such thing.
Zvíkov Castle, Czech Republic
Zvíkov Castle in Zvíkovské Podhradí occupies a spot of fortification real estate, as Celts had built a fortress there back in 1st century AD. Records of the current castle date back to the 13th century. Zvíkov Imp is said to have haunted the castle up to 1597, possibly due to some mysterious symbols engraved into the rocks way back when the tower was first constructed. It’s also said that anyone who spends a night in the main building will die within a year. You may even encounter a trio of fiery-eyed dogs guarding a secret tunnel! Now that is some spooky variety. So, if you’re looking for a haunted castle, this is probably your top choice in Europe.
Hoia-Baciu Forest, Romania
It’s only natural that the most haunted forest in Romania would be in Transylvania. Would you like to take a look at the most haunted forest in the world? Hoia-Baciu Forest is known for its weirdly shaped trees and The Clearing, a circular spot where nothing grows. The forest gets the name from a shepherd that disappeared in it together with his flock of 200. Heck, an army technician ruined his life in 1968 by reporting a UFO sighting over the clearing. It also keeps attracting weirdos who either want to cleanse the forest or to use its powers for nefarious ends.
Gavrinis Passage Tomb, France
OK, this place is probably not haunted, but it’s extremely old. This tomb on the island of Gavrinis (near Brittany, France) is about 5,500 years old. It’s also ostentatious, displaying one of the fanciest megalithic (large stock) art pieces around. You will need a guide and boat (the island was joined to the mainland at the time of building), but it’s well worth it.
Czermna Skull Chapel, Poland
You already know about the skull and bone catacombs and churches in the Czech Republic. But what investing in visiting the Skull Chapel in south-western Poland? Vaclav Tomasek, an eighteenth-century parish priest, and a local gravedigger teamed up to unearth mass graves of people who died in wars and epidemics and built the chapel. The remains of 3,000 were used in construction, while 21,000 more rest below it. Oh, and when the priest and gravedigger shed their mortal coils, said coils were added to the chapel. Cool, cool.
Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi fortress, Ukraine
Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi (Akkerman) fortress is one of the largest castles in Ukraine, but that’s not why it’s spooky. The caves underneath it are said to house horned and smelly inhabitants who attack people. Nobody knows who those might be, but one popular theory posits that there may be degenerate offspring of Australopithecus living down there.
Tallinn in general, Estonia
Basically, the entire Tallinn downtown is haunted. Visit the famous towers and defensive walls? Haunted. Stay at an old hotel? Chances are that a room was inhabited by an occultist at some point in the past (and is thus haunted). Walk down the narrow streets? Well, those are probably not haunted, but they’re never the less spooky (and leading to somewhere haunted).
However, even the most spooky destination is not as likely to scare you as the entirely natural occurence of flight disruptions. Ghosts and ghouls don’t really cause delayed flights, cancelled flights or overbooking, but they still happen. So why not fight back and claim compensation with Skycop? That way we’ll take care of the business of pursuing the claim while you concentrate on being scared witless by some Czech ghost.