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- Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013
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Most Haunted Places
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Myths and legends, both scary and spooky, surround many of the world’s top cities through their architecture, culture and attractions. So if you want your next trip to be a little bit spooky and in one of the world’s most haunted places, then why not visit one of these beautiful, haunting cities?
We’ve put together a list of some great cities with plenty of great hostels to choose from, and trust me - there’s nothing scary about their prices! So read on... if you dare!
The Scottish city of Edinburgh is already a popular choice for those looking for a beautiful and interesting stay in Scotland. However, Edinburgh is also regarded as a great destination if you're looking for a very scary city with lots of haunted places. There are many spooky legends surrounding many of the city’s attractions, so much so that there are tons of ‘Ghost Tours’ on offer. These ‘Ghost Tours’ are walking tours of some of Edinburgh’s most haunted locations offering spooky insights into the city’s past through underground vaults and ancient landmarks. The underground vaults of the city, along with Edinburgh Castle, are regarded as two of Scotland's most haunted places. Visitors to Edinburgh Castle have made reported eerie sightings of a phantom piper, a headless drummer, spirits of French prisoners from the Seven Years War and even the ghost of a dog wandering in the grounds' dog cemetery.
Prague is another atmospheric city that offers some walking ‘Ghost Tours’ of its haunted attractions. This popular city in the Czech Republic is the perfect place for some haunting weekends. Some scary stuff on offer includes evening tours under the cover of darkness to tourists looking for that ghostly sighting or just wanting to experience the rather spooky history of Prague. These tours focus on Prague’s most haunted area of the Old Town. You will wander through the streets and narrow alleyways in the dark of night, learning all about the mythical and ghostly beings that are said to haunt the city. The Old Town is thought to date back to the 11th century and has many ancient churches and buildings in the location.
Not many people would imagine that the city often regarded as the spookiest in America would be the charming Southern Georgian town of Savannah. However, behind its historical and charming facade, Savannah hides a dark and spooky past that draws many people to the area and its most haunted places. It's a wonderful place to just wander under the beautiful-but-creepy hanging moss. From haunted homes and cemeteries to spooky sightings in the gloom of night, this Georgia town has a whole host of myths, legends and haunted places in its history. Savannah has a long history of bloodshed and violence that dates from the Revolutionary and Civil War days. It is also thought that many of the historic sections of Savannah were built over old cemeteries.
The popular capital of London may come as no surprise as a spooky location due to its vivid history and the many legends that surround its top attractions. The Tower of London is probably the most notable haunted attraction in London and dates back to the 11th century – it's apparently collected many ghosts and nameless terrors over the centuries, from Anne Boleyn to Henry VI to even a bear. The streets of London are often suspect to many ghostly sightings and strange sensations, many of which people associate with Jack the Ripper. There are also plenty of ghost tours on offer in the area that are led by guides who have studied the topic of haunted London and have testimonies from locals through the ages.
The Romanian city of Bucharest is an ideal city base for your scary trip to the many renowned haunted locations in the country of Romania. Perhaps most famous for the legend of Dracula (and the inspiration behind the famous vampire – Vlad the Impaler), this Transylvanian region of Romania has been a popular choice for those who are after a more authentic experience from a spooky location. Not surprisingly, plenty of Dracula-themed tours operate throughout the year around the area. However, for the ultimate scare, we suggest you take these tours around Halloween week as it only heightens the spookiness. Places not to be missed on your Dracula hunt around Romania include the grave of Vlad, Poienari Castle – the real Dracula's castle, and Bran Castle – the location of Bram Stoker novel's castle.
Probably the last place you would associate with spooky tales and haunted locations is the romantic city of Venice. However, there is a darker side to this popular European city. The Venice that only the locals know about is one associated with dark alleyways and mysterious streets that many shy away from once the sun has set. Rumours of getting caught in time loops and ghostly figures that frequent certain buildings are just a taste of the spooky happenings in Venice. There is also talk of places with scary myths attached to them, such as the abandoned island of Poveglia, which Venetian people will barely even speak of, nevermind visit.
Queensland’s creepy capital Brisbane is a city steeped in spooky stories and haunted locations. Again, the area makes the most of its spooky happenings with many tours of the city’s most haunted spots. There are many ghosts and ghouls rumoured to occupy the city of Brisbane, particularly in prominent buildings such as the Old Government House, the Parliament House, the Brisbane Arcade and the City Hall. The cemeteries of the area are also highly noted for their paranormal activity.
By: Tracy Lynch