8 Hauntingly Beautiful (And Supposedly Haunted) Destinations Around the World
Shrouded in thick mystery, these destinations are backed by dark histories and bone-chilling tales that will surely keep you on your toes.
Here is a list of hauntingly beautiful hotels and castles to visit around the world:
1. Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France
The highest castle in France and now a hotel, Château de Brissac is famously known as the place where Charlotte of France was murdered. Legend has it that Charlotte, the illegitimate daughter of King Charles VII, was killed by her husband after discovering an adulterous affair. A certain Lady in Green, corresponding with the green dress Charlotte died in, is said to wander in the castle, most often seen in the tower room of the chapel.
2. Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, California
Now a historic landmark and tourist attraction in San Jose, the Winchester Mystery House was once the personal residence of Sarah Lockwood Pardee Winchester, the widow of rifle magnate William Wirt Winchester. Following the death of her husband, Sarah was allegedly haunted by the spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles. From then on until her death, she insisted on a ceaseless renovation of their farmhouse which eventually ended up a sprawling 160-room mansion complete with doors and stairwells that led to nowhere, in order to keep safe from these vengeful spirits.
3. Poveglia Island, Venice, Italy
A gondola ride away from the romantic canals of Venice, Poveglia Island in the 14th century was a quarantine zone for those suffering from the bubonic plague who were burned on giant pyres upon their death. The site was also used as a mental asylum during the 1800s where patients were experimented on and tortured. The asylum was closed down after a doctor flung himself from the institution’s highest tower.
4. Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa
Built in the 17th century, the Castle of Good Hope is South Africa’s oldest building and a local hotbed for paranormal activity. The castle is said to contain the ghost of Governor van Noodt, a violent ruler who died of a heart attack while ordering a hanging. Aside from this, several apparitions have been sighted, including that of a tall gentleman jumping off the side of one of the castle walls and another running through the castle holding her face and crying hysterically.
5. The Cavalier, Virginia Beach, Virginia
The Cavalier is a hotel most known to be the suicide site of the founder of Coors Beer. In 1929, Adolph Coors reportedly excused himself from the table mid-breakfast to proceed to his sixth-floor room, where he jumped from the window to his death. A couple who had their wedding at the Cavalier claim they saw an apparition of Mr. Coors in their wedding photos.
6. Bhangarh Fort, India
Built in the 17th century and now an archeological site, Bhangarh Fort is ranked the most haunted fort in India. Legend has it that a wizard made an enchanted oil in hopes of being loved by the princess. However, she threw this away and the oil turned into a boulder which crushed the wizard, but not before he cursed the palace and condemned all the inhabitants to death.
7. Monte Cristo Homestead, Australia
A late Victorian mansion, Monte Cristo Homestead is reputedly the most haunted house in Australia. Stories revolving around this involve the alleged owner who didn't leave the house for 23 years, after the death of her husband. Since her death, people have claimed to witness her ghost in the window, and along the corridors of the mansion.
8. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Now an iconic heritage destination, Edinburgh Castle was once an active military base for several years. There have been various paranormal sightings in the castle, including the spirits of French prisoners from the Seven Years War, colonial prisoners from the American Revolutionary War, and even the ghost of a dog wandering the grounds' dog cemetery.