Famous Haunted Places: Hunyad Castle Budapest, Hungary (Romania)
by Christine B.
When someone thinks, “castle” this is what comes to mind. How could it not be haunted? (I actually have never heard of an ancient castle that wasn’t haunted.)
Built in 1307 by King Carol Robert of Anjou, it reportedly imprisoned Vald the Impaler (Dracula) in its dungeon for seven years after he was deposed in 1462. So, he just might be one of the many spirits who still resides there. There are many others, as well. Twelve Turkish prisoners were told they would gain their freedom if they dug a well and reached water inside the castle walls. They finally completed the well and reached water after 15 years of hard labor. Instead of giving the men their freedom as promised, they were thrown back to their cells. That cruel behavior would cause anyone to want to haunt the place that brought so much pain and frustration.
Visitors to the castle have reported seeing many unexplained things, including, apparitions and shadow figures, orbs, recorded EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena) and poltergeist-like activity (things flying through the air and unexplained sounds). In 2007 the British television program, “Most Haunted Live” did a three-night investigation at the castle. Although they reported that their findings were inconclusive, the castle remains on the list of one of the most haunted locations in Europe.
The current castle was not the original. There was a disastrous fire that burned down theoriginal structure and the castle was rebuilt by a fanciful architect who believed that this is what a castle should look like. (I wonder if the man ever worked for Disney—probably not since the restoration took place about a hundred years before Walt Disney was born. It is more likely Disney got his inspiration from this castle.)
The castle is open to the public for tours, if you ever find yourself in Transylvania, Romania.
To see an interesting video tour of the castle, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIsGJ649eO0&feature=player_embedded