Haunted side of Europe

Here are 10 places that we feel give a good overview of the creepy places lurking around certain corners of Europe — from haunted forests to bone churches and torture museums and beyond, read on at your own risk!
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Tower of London.  This tower is haunted by one of our favorite ghosts in history: Anne Boleyn. Countless books, movies, and TV shows have depicted Henry VIII and his many wives, and Anne is by far the most popular among them. She was tried for treason and locked away in the tower until her execution by beheading, also on the tower grounds.

Tower of London. This tower is haunted by one of our favorite ghosts in history: Anne Boleyn. Countless books, movies, and TV shows have depicted Henry VIII and his many wives, and Anne is by far the most popular among them. She was tried for treason and locked away in the tower until her execution by beheading, also on the tower grounds.

Bone Church Enthusiasts, this is your lucky day! Europe is full of them. The most well-known is probably the Sedlec Ossuary in the countryside of the Czech Republic, but there is also one in Faro, Portugal. In the Capuchin Crypt, there is even a set of human bones that was arranged on the ceiling to look like the Grim Reaper, because apparently the Grim Reaper wasn’t terrifying enough already.

Human Bone Chandelier from the Bone Church in Czech Republic So weird, human bones!

Vodnjan Mummies, Vodnjan Croatia.  Most people think of Egypt when they think of mummies, but Croatia has a pretty impressive collection as well.  And Croatia’s mummies are said to be “mystical” — this is because the bodies don’t appear to have been carefully prepared for preservation in any way, and yet — gross! — they have failed to completely decompose. One of these, the body of a nun who died in the early 1500s, is considered to be the best-preserved mummy in Europe.

Vodnjan Mummies, Vodnjan Croatia. Most people think of Egypt when they think of mummies, but Croatia has a pretty impressive collection as well. And Croatia’s mummies are said to be “mystical” — this is because the bodies don’t appear to have been carefully prepared for preservation in any way, and yet — gross! — they have failed to completely decompose. One of these, the body of a nun who died in the early 1500s, is considered to be the best-preserved mummy in Europe.

Hoia Baciu Forest, Romania.  And you thought you were safe as long as you avoided the castles and guillotines — nope! Turns out nature is just as terrifying. Forests can be a little unsettling as it is, but a haunted forest? Romania is not messing around. This particular forest outside of Cluj Napolca is known for all of the things our haunted-forest-nightmares are made of: ghost stories, folklore, mysterious disappearances, weird electronic malfunctions, UFOs, and more.

Spooky foggy forest at night by Zacarias Pereira da Mata, via ShutterStock

Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, England.  So we have abandoned towns, bone churches, mummies, torture museums, forests (coming up!) — and now we have a haunted hotel. This particular hotel is considered to be one of the most haunted in England and has been featured on several ghost-hunter-type of shows in recent years.

Ancient Ram Inn, Potters Pond, Wotton under Edge - photo by Brian Robert Marshall

Abandoned Mansions, Ireland.  County Galway in Ireland is known for its abandoned mansions that pop up seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Pictured here is Tyrone House, one of the most famous. It’s surrounded by a fence and signs warning visitors not to approach, but there’s no one around for miles to enforce this.

Our Tales On Rail series goes off the beaten path in Ireland with a sheep farm, a marble factory, an abandoned mansion, and more!


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