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Famous Haunted Places: Hunyad Castle Budapest, Hungary (Romania)

Updated on March 31, 2012

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:


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      Christine B. 5 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Thanks, Seeker7. I have written 57 of my Paranormal Musings newsletters and have had a Famous Haunted Places in every one of them... and I've only scratched the surface of the famous hauntings. Every month I'm amazed that I can come up with another 12 page newsletter and being writing about different paranormal phenomena.

      Thanks for stopping by again and for taking the time to write such a great comment and for voting. I appreciate your patronage. :o)

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This hub brought back great memories of 'Most Haunted' one of my favourite programmes. I remember them doing the live at this castle and I thought it was a bit creepy. But I think the problem with the Most Haunted live programmes was that they jumped about too much, too quickly. I've often watched activity starting to happen and then they are told to move onto another location??? It use to get on my nerves that!

      But to this fabulous castle! I think anywhere that had Vlad the Impaler must have a high probability of being haunted - what a horrible man he was. I also remember the story of the prisoners being tricked into digging for water. Personally if that had happened to me, I would be so furious that I would probably end up haunting the place as well.

      One of the most interesting things you mentioned was the 'flying things'. I don't know if it's just coincidence, but some of the programmes I've been watching lately seem to be mentioning strange shadows flying, especially in areas where the spirits might be negative. Shadows tend to be on the rise anyway, but I find it interesting that old places and new ones are having the same phenomena.

      I loved this hub both for the 'Most Haunted' memories and the paranormal accounts. Voted up awesome!

      PS - I have heard that Yvette Fielding and hubby Karl Beatty are going to be re-launching Most Haunted this year sometime with another TV Channel? That would be really interesting! I've missed it being on the telly.