Where is the scariest island on earth
10 creepy places that guarantee goosebumps
What could be nicer for adrenaline junkies than the comforting shiver on your back during a horror film or a trip down the ghost train? And the horror is also celebrated on Halloween, when countless monsters, ghosts and masked beings make the streets and parties of the country unsafe. Far from Halloween and artificial entertainment, you can visit creepy places all year round that are sure to give you goose bumps.
Table of Contents:
- Isla de las Muñecas, Mexico
- Craco, Italy
- Leap Castle, Ireland
- Centralia, USA
- Greyfriars Kirkyard, Scotland
- Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
- Beelitz Heilstätten, Berlin
- Capuchin Crypt, Sicily
- Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
- Ghost forest, Nienhagen
1. Isla de las Muñecas (Mexico): The eerie island of the dolls
Mexico City is home to one of the scariest places on the entire American continent - the Isla de las Muñecas! To get to the eerie island of the dolls, you have to go to the southern part of the mega-metropolis. Here in the middle of the Xochimilco canals is a small peninsula, in whose trees and bushes there are countless toy dolls, some of which are missing entire limbs. The fact that the dolls are partly faded or covered with moss due to years of weather makes them even more bizarre to look at.
The background story of this horror location also comes from a nightmare. Until 2001 only one man lived on the island, namely the fisherman Julian Santana Barrera. He began hanging the dolls to appease the ghost of a girl who drowned in the canal off the island in 1951. When the screams of the ghost did not stop, the fisherman mutilated the dolls as a deterrent. Barrera also drowned in the sewer - in the same place as the girl 50 years earlier.
You have the opportunity to explore the island during a guided boat trip. But be warned: Although they would be on the island among their own kind, the well-known horror dolls Chucky and Annabelle would also be scared here ...
2. Craco (Italy): Abandoned but not forgotten
If you are on holiday in the south of the "Italian boot", you can visit a place in the Basilicata region that is as scary as it is fascinating: Craco.
The small community can truly look back on an eventful history, which is marked by grief and pain. After years of booming economy, a famine broke out in 1656, killing many of the town's residents. Less than fifty years later, the region was occupied by France's Emperor Napoleon, after which Craco was sacked by Italian mercenaries. Countless pro-French residents of Craco were murdered.
The worst misfortune for Craco was to come, however, when numerous landslides almost completely destroyed the city from 1959, before the old town of Craco was completely abandoned after an earthquake in 1980. Since then, the evacuated residents have lived in the village of Craco Peschiera in the valley.
If you stand below the ghost town, whose impressive ruins are enthroned in the mountains, you will inevitably get a queasy feeling. You can see that Craco is not only scary when you take part in one of the guided tours into the old town. The spirit of the past blows here. Yet even this deserted place exudes the charm that we all love about Italy.
3. Leap Castle (Ireland): Haunted castle in a picturesque setting
In Ireland you can not only hike or enjoy the local beer and whiskey in pubs. You can also take a look at a ghost castle that looks back on an exciting history. Leap Castle is located almost exactly in the center of the "Emerald Isle" about two hours' drive west of Dublin.
It has the typical architecture of an Irish tower house: In addition to a massive, tower-like main building made of stone, there are flanking walls and turrets. The area around the castle exudes the finest "Irish romance" with its pristine surroundings with green hills and lonely country roads.
The sagas and legends surrounding Leap Castle are less romantic. The castle is said to have been the scene of devious murders and bloody family and clan feuds. The upper floor of the castle achieved dubious fame as the "Bloody Chapel" (in German: "bloody chapel") and is named after the clan leader Teigh O'Caroll. He killed his brother and a priest during a mass - "Game of Thrones" sends its regards ...
Because of these events in the Middle Ages, Leap Castle quickly gained the reputation of a haunted castle and is considered the most haunted walls in the world. What makes this place particularly creepy is the fact that the same apparitions have been seen over and over again for years.
If you still dare after reading, you of course have the opportunity to visit Leap Castle. Sean Ryan, the owner of the castle, loves to receive guests from all over the world; There are no official visiting hours. However, we recommend that you register with the Ryan family early on. Untouched rooms and authentic props take you inside the castle into the world of the Middle Ages.
4. Centralia (USA): place of eternal fire
In the eastern United States of America is a place that is home to an eerie natural phenomenon. Centralia, Pennsylvania, has been burning underground beneath the parish area since 1962. The fire presumably started when city officials were asked to "clean up" the local landfill by burning it.
This landfill was located in a disused mine that was not sealed fire-proof, so that the fire spread to the neighboring underground coal deposits. An alternative theory assumes that the coal self-ignited in the course of a chemical process.
Since the outbreak of the fire, 70 million dollars have been spent on attempts to extinguish the fire - in vain, since according to scientific estimates the fire can continue to feed on the underground coal for up to 200 years.
The fire also had consequences for the residents of Centralia: streets broke open due to the great heat and houses had to be evacuated. The authorities stopped all attempts to extinguish the fire and set up a restricted zone around Centralia, which became an abandoned ghost town due to the fire.
5. Greyfriars Kirkyard (Scotland): Edinburgh's mystical cemetery
Whenever you are in the rough north of "the island", you should definitely pay a visit to Greyfriars Kirkyard. The cemetery is located south of the historic city center of Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, and strangely combines idyll with mysticism.
On the one hand, the green park with its colorful trees exudes a pleasant relaxation, on the other hand, the surrounding ambience of old British stone houses and weathered tombs and sarcophagi is a bit oppressive, especially when exposed to the sun.
Then there are the creepy haunted stories associated with this place in Scotland. In 1999 a homeless man broke open the sarcophagus of the Scottish writer Henry Mackenzie in order to have a sheltered sleeping place. Since then, stories of a so-called "Mackenzie Poltergeist" who are said to attack nocturnal cemetery visitors have been increasing. For example, those affected report bites, bruises and nervous breakdowns.
After a self-proclaimed ghost hunter died a few weeks after reporting evil forces in the cemetery, the authorities closed the cemetery area around Mackenzie's grave. Only the historian Jan Henderson convinced the administration to revoke this step and developed a nocturnal cemetery tour, which is very popular despite the inevitable horror. You are also welcome to take part - if you dare ...
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6. Edinburgh Castle (Scotland): Haunted Castle Rock
For our next creepy place we stay in Scotland: Edinburgh Castle, the most important landmark of Scotland, towers above the center of Edinburgh on Castle Rock. The imposing castle complex has numerous battlements, ramparts, towers, buildings and gates, all of which are well preserved.
It is unclear when the castle was built. It was first mentioned in 1093. In numerous wars, Edinburgh Castle was fiercely contested and often changed the "landlord".
You will find out that prisoners of war and unloved people were not treated particularly squeamishly at that time when you come to the fortress dungeons during a guided tour. The poor souls who eke out their existence here were the stuff of countless ghost stories connected with this eerie vault. There are always reports of a missing bagpiper, whose music is still heard today, or a headless French drummer who wanders aimlessly around the castle complex.
The sometimes violent and difficult to explain temperature drops in the catacombs of Edinburgh Castle are always remarkable.
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7. Beelitz-Heilstätten (Germany): "Lost-Place" south of Berlin
Sure, Berlin has many sights. If you are in the federal capital again, a trip to the south-western area is also worthwhile.
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In the Beelitz district of Beelitz-Heilstätten, a huge hospital complex was built at the beginning of the 20th century, comprising a total of 60 buildings. A hospital and a mental hospital were also located here. Almost 20,000 soldiers in Beelitz-Heilstätten processed the mental and physical war trauma of the First World War. After the Second World War, the Soviets managed the area until the fall of the Wall before the following owner company went bankrupt in 2001.
Beelitz-Heilstätten then fell into disrepair, as vandals and rioters were able to enter the building unhindered. Since the vacant clinics were repeatedly the scene of crimes and accidents, Beelitz-Heilstätten was quickly recognized as one of the scariest places in Germany.
Although part of the complex has now been renovated and converted into studios or rental apartments, some of the houses are still empty. The morbid flair that emanates from the dilapidated treatment rooms, lonely corridors, rusted patient beds and ancient doctor's utensils can best be experienced on one of the "lost place tours" offered.
Another highlight is the treetop path, which allows you to admire this eerie place from above.
8. Capuchin Crypt (Italy): Palermo's realm of the dead
Palermo is not just about sun, sand and sea - impressive experiences await you underground too. Because to the west of the old town and the port is the Capuchin Crypt, one of the scariest places in Italy. Below the monastery complex (the entrance fee is 3 euros) the extensive crypt extends over endless corridors.
After the crypt was initially used as the final resting place for the Capuchin monks, more and more citizens of the city were buried here over time. The mummified human remains are not in sarcophagi. Rather, they are lined up along the walls - not guaranteed for the faint of heart!
You cross a total of five underground corridors, which were divided according to the sex and professional status of the dead. Some of the mummies appear to have recently died.
But you can rest assured: as early as 1837, open burials in the crypt were banned by the government. The sight of the ancient clothes, the skeletons and the skulls is a poignant and intense moment, which illustrates the transience and the value of life in an eerily beautiful way.
9. Hill of Crosses (Lithuania): legendary place of pilgrimage
About 12 kilometers north of the Lithuanian Siauliai you will "not see the mountain for all the crosses". There are wooden crosses on two hills as far as the eye can see. No wonder that the Christian symbols over time led more and more believers to a pilgrimage, each time adding a few crosses to the mountain. The Hill of Crosses was given a special honor when Pope John Paul II held a mass here in 1993.
The locals explain with a legend why the first crosses were placed at exactly this point. According to this, a white female figure is said to have appeared to a desperate father who asked him to put a cross on the hill. After doing this, his terminally ill daughter recovered.
10. Nienhagen Ghost Forest (Germany): Magical and magical
Near Rostock you can see one of the most beautiful forests in Germany: the Nienhagen Ghost Forest. Admittedly, the countless trees of the mixed forest, which is located directly on the Baltic Sea shore, are not particularly scary. There is also no horror story that could explain the name of the forest.
But under certain lighting conditions, the gnarled tree trunks, marked by wind and weather, exude an atmosphere like in a Grimm fairy tale. A motif that you absolutely have to capture for a souvenir photo!
When the wind rustles through the leaves and rocks the tall trees back and forth, you might get the idea of hearing ghosts - but very dear! This natural treasure always promises cozy goosebumps ...
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So you see, places to be scary are a dime a dozen. Our selection does not claim to be complete. In many old cities there are catacombs with bones of the dead and many medieval castles have torture chambers in which the torture devices can still be seen in some cases. And you meet ghosts everywhere anyway, don't you?
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