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Haunted castles

Updated on October 16, 2013

There are many haunted castles that have piqued the curiosity of many who have an appetite for visiting spooky locales. A few of the well-known haunted castles are listed below -

Houska Castle

It was built in the 13th century and is located in the Czech Republic, deep in the forests, north of Prague. The castle was not constructed to repel attacks but as a form of concealment. It is considered by many as the gateway to hell.

According to legends, the castle has been constructed upon a pit that has no bottom. From therein arose the legend of “part-man, part-beasts” and diverse ferocious winged creatures. The Bohemian rulers decided to seal off this Hell’s realm as the demonic activities did not cease. However, they decided to test out the pit by asking prisoners to go into it in lieu of pardons. The first prisoner who went in came out 30 years older and died soon after due to unknown causes. Nazi Germany had also occupied the castle and years later skeletons of Nazi soldiers were discovered at the site.

Visitors to the castle will come across many persistent ghostly figures, including a giant human/frog/bulldog, a woman in a worn out dress staring from the uppermost windows and a black headless horse. You may also get to see inhuman remains of some unknown beasts under the cellar.

Edinburgh Castle

It was built in the 12th century and is located in Scotland. If you do not believe in ghosts, then a visit to the Edinburgh Castle will result in you believing otherwise. The castle is a hotspot for paranormal phenomenon. You will come across the ghost of Lady Glam is prowling the darkened halls. Since 1650, people have heard and seen a headless drummer in the various halls of the castle. You may even encounter a ghost dog bounding around in the hazy graveyard. In 2001, a doctor along with 200 odd volunteers who knew nothing about the supernatural activities in the castle conducted a study of these hauntings. All the volunteers experienced ghostly touches, burning sensations, a leather-clad apparition, shadowy forms and other phantom sightings. The cobbled corridors and ancient dungeons of Edinburgh Castle are indeed abundant in some serious eeriness and spookiness.

Belcourt Castle

It was constructed in 1894 and is located in the United States, about a ninety minute drive from Boston through 95 South. The castle was built by Oliver Belmont, heir to the Belmont wealth. Soon after building the castle, Oliver went on a tour of the world to collect different artifacts for his new home. For a better part of the 20th century, the castle was plagued by disrepair and hence eventually sold to the Tinney family.

Visitors will be surprised to know that the castle itself is not haunted. The paranormal activities emanate from the varied artifacts that were accumulated by Oliver. You will get to hear a chilling scream coming out from an ancient armor in the month of March. It is said that the original owner of armor was killed in it via a spear that pierced his eye and went through his skull. There are many haunted chairs in the Gothic ballroom that move around on their own, even when people are seated on it!

Eltz Castle

It was built in 1157 and is located in Germany. It is not only one of the most beautiful castles surrounded by lush greenery and picturesque surroundings but is also one of the few haunted castles in the country. The interiors of the castle are also resplendent and a sight for sore eyes. You will also be amazed to know that the family that originally owned this castle are still its owners. Visitors will get to see the ghosts of ancient knights who still patrol the grounds and the castle.

Brissac Castle

It was constructed in the 11th century and is located in France. The Brissac Castle is a chic French chateau with nearly 200 rooms. At more than seven stories, it is one of the tallest castles in the Loire Valley. The ownership changed hands quite a few times, until it was eventually purchased by a noble couple, Jacques and Charlotte. The wife used to have noisy sexual escapades with many lovers. One fine day, she and her lover disappeared and were never found. However, the sexual moans of Charlotte and her lover did not stop, until it came to a point that Jacques had to sell the chateau. Visitors may get to hear the moans of the lovers during early mornings. Tourists will be happy to know that overnight stays at the castle can also be availed.

Other haunted castles

There are many other haunted castles that you may like to visit. A few of the famous ones include the Chillingham Castle in England, the Castle of Bardi in Italy, the Moosham Castle in Austria, the Dragsholm Castle in Denmark, Dracula's Castle or Castle Bran in Romania, the Warwick Castle in England and the Leap Castle in Ireland.

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