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The 11 Most Haunted Castles In Europe

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, is one of the most haunted castles in Europe.

I love castles. But then again, who doesn’t? They’re big and spooky, they’re oh so pretty, and they have this irresistibly mysterious charm. The kind of charm that has something to do with ghosts. Yes, you heard me — ghosts. These white, semi-transparent things with hollow eyes and a terrifying, soul shaking look.

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, there’s one thing we can be sure of: Europe claims to have a lot of them. And rumor has it, European ghosts actually have some pretty decent taste, so they don’t settle for anything less than a luxurious European castle. Lucky bastards.

Here’s a list of 11 gorgeous (but haunted!) castles in Europe. If you’ve been dying to get some goosebumps on the eve of Halloween, read on!

1. Bran Castle, Romania

Location: Transylvania
Known for: Being Count Dracula’s playground
Famous ghosts: his victims

Bran Castle, Romania, is one of the most haunted castles in Europe.

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2. Leap Castle, Ireland

Location: Coolderry, County Offaly
Known for: Being the most haunted castle in Ireland
Famous ghosts: a murdered priest in Bloody Chapel, spirits of tortured prisoners in the dungeon, and the Elemental — a dark creature spelling of rotting flesh, with a human face and black pools of eyes.

Leap Castle, Ireland, is one of the most haunted castles in Europe.

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3. Dragsholm Castle, Denmark

Location: the island of Zealand
Known for: the strongest medieval castle in Denmark to withstand the army of the enemies in the 16th century
Famous ghosts: A Grey Lady — a “good”” ghost who returns to the castle to make sure all is well; A White Lady — a young woman imprisoned and starved to death by her own father; and the Earl of Bothwell — also known as James Hepburn, the third husband of Mary Queen of Scots, who went insane while he was imprisoned in the castle

Dragsholm Castle, Denmark, is one of the most haunted castles in Europe.

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4. Predjama Castle, Slovenia

Location: the village of Predjama
Known for: Being built within a cave + 700 years of violent history
Famous ghosts: tortured prisoners in the torture chamber

Predjama Castle, Slovenia, is one of the most haunted castles in Europe.

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5. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Location: Built high upon a plug of an extinct volcano, standing between sea and hills
Known for: Being one of the most haunted spots in Scotland
Famous ghosts: an old man in a leather apron, little headless drummer boy, a mysterious piper who was lost in the tunnels below.

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, is one of the most haunted castles in Europe.

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6. Frankenstein Castle, Germany

Location: Darmstadt
Known for: Serving as inspiration for Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel, Frankenstein
Famous ghosts: Creepy sounds coming from the entrance tower, as well as screaming in Old German coming the chapel

Frankenstein Castle, Germany, is one of the most haunted castles in Europe.

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7. Houska Castle, Czech Republic

Location: near Prague
Known for: Being built on a bottomless pit and referred to as Gate to Hell
Famous ghosts: Half-animal-half-man creatures crawling out of the pit, as well as dark winged creatures flying out

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8. Brissac Castle, France

Location: The province of Anjou in the Loire Valley
Known for: Being the tallest castle in France.
Famous ghosts: the Green Lady, known as Charlotte de Brézé, an illegitimate daughter of Charles VII of France, who was murdered by her own husband when he caught her in the arms of her lover.  Green Lady is described to have the most disturbing face of a corpse with gaping holes instead of eyes and nose. She sometimes also moans early in the morning.

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9. Moosham Castle, Austria

Location: near Unternberg, state of Salzburg
Known for: tens of thousands witches executed on the grounds of this castle during Salzburg Witch Trails
Famous ghosts: unrested souls of the supposed witches who keep haunting the grounds.

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10. Castle of Bardi (Landi Castle), Italy

Location: Bardi, the Province of Parma
Known for: Having its own Romero-and-Juliet-like tragic love story about Soleste, the daughter of the lord of Castle Bardi, who was in love with the captain of the knights, Moroello
Famous ghosts: The ghost of Moroello wandering the castle grounds searching for his lost love.

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11. Horst Castle, Belgium

Location: nearby Aarschot
Known for: Being a half-ruined Flemish Renaissance castle set on the edge of a lake
Famous ghosts: the ghost of Lord of Rode, who has murdered a priest in the 15th century and now keeps coming back every day at midnight in a carriage pulled by six wild horses

Horst Castle, Belgium

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Over to you! Would you dare to visit a haunted castle?

Want to get spooked? Check out this list of the most haunted castles in Europe!

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