Seeking a fright while studying abroad in Europe this Halloween? Europe is home to some of the world’s most haunted locations. From abandoned castles to eerie old inns, Europe’s haunted sites are no trick. These are the real deal – and are sure to make the hair on the back of your neck stand tall.
Enter if you dare! Here are 5 haunted places in Europe to put on your Halloween bucket list.
1. Ancient Ram Inn, England
Study abroad in London, England.
A former pub in Wotton-under-Edge, England, the Ancient Ram Inn is said to be one of the United Kingdom’s most haunted hotels.
A legendary destination for paranormal investigators, the Inn still accepts overnight guests. Get ready for a fright, though – an overnight here is sure to be spooky for even the most experienced ghost hunter.
2. Château de Brissac, France
Study abroad in Paris, France.
The Château de Brissac (featured above) is one of the tallest, most beautiful castles in France… but don’t judge a book by its cover. It also holds another title, as one of Europe’s most haunted.
For centuries, ghost hunters have been drawn to the Château by rumors of late-night wailing, supernatural occurrences, and ghost sightings. Alleged hauntings from this castle date all the way back to the 11th century.
3. Island of Poveglia, Italy
Study abroad in Florence, Italy.
Faint of heart, beware! The Island of Poveglia in Venice is globally recognized as a spot that will scare you stupid.
Poveglia Island was an 18th century quarantine for those infected with the plague. Today, it’s known as one of the most haunted places in Europe — and on Earth — and is only toured by the bravest of the brave.
4. Kilkenny’s Ghost River, Ireland
Study abroad in Limerick, Ireland.
Home to Ireland’s first ever witch trial, Kilkenny is no stranger to paranormal activity. Its Ghost River is one of Ireland’s most notably haunted spots.
Ever since a great flood in 1763, hundreds of reports have claimed to see eerie shapes standing by the river’s edge. To this day, travelers still report sights of ghostly figures rising on the river’s early morning mist.
5. Wolfsegg Castle, Germany
Study abroad in Berlin, Germany.
Though a bit of a drive from Berlin, haunted house enthusiasts should dare themselves to a tour of Wolfsegg Castle.
The first tales of hauntings here began in the 1500s, and accounts of creepy noises and ghostlike visitors have been attributed to this castle for centuries. Today, there are still alleged sightings of a “White Woman” making her rounds through the castle at midnight.