Castles can be the hosts of many notorious and evil ghosts. No matter where you are in the world, it’s most likely that there is a haunted castle. Although the scariest haunted castles are opened for visitors, they’re not for the faint of heart due to the ghost sightings that have been witness by a lot of people. We’ve pulled together the Top 10 Scariest Haunted Castles in Europe.
Top 5 Haunted Castles in Europe
1. Glamis Castle – Angus, Scotland
The Glamis Castle is located in Angus, Scotland and is considered one of the most terrifying mounds. It is also known because of the castle where the eponymous character in William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth lived.
One of the legends about this castle is the Glamis Monster. Lord Glamis’ successor, Thomas Lyon-Bowes, was born with severe deformities. Miss M. Gilchrist described him as half a frog, half a man. It is believed that he was kept in a secret room inside the castle, hidden from view.
Another fairy tale is the ghost of Earl Birdie. Presumably, Earl Birdy was known for his alcoholism and cruelty. Birdy and Lord Glamis are said to have played cards with the devil himself in a room that was permanently closed for hundreds of years. The devil stole Berdy’s soul and sentenced him to play cards until the Day of Judgment. He is the most famous of the nine ghosts watching the caste.
2. Dunnottar Castle – Scotland
Located on a rocky plain overlooking the North Sea in Scotland, Dunnot Castle is a great tourist destination for those interested in the extraordinary. Due to its long history of bloodshed and violence, it is said that the palace imitates many ghosts. It is said that at night there is a cry of suffering and anguish along the fort.
Many visitors say that they witnessed the ghost of a girl in a green dress at the brewery. Little is known about this girl, nicknamed the Green Lady. Another ghost is a tall man with a Scandinavian appearance.
3. Bran Castle – Romania
Bran Castle, situated in Romania, is commonly known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’. Although there is no evidence that Vlad the Impaler stayed in this castle, many people believe otherwise due to its high location on a rocky outcrop. In addition to the ghost sightings of the thousands of people killed in this castle, locals claim that a strong smell of violet can be sensed.
4. Warwick Castle – Warwickshire, England
It is said that the ghosts of Warwick Palace are still preserved. The Ghost Tower and the dungeon where many people were tortured are the main attractions for ghosts in the castle. The most famous ghost is a prehistoric figure about nine feet tall.
Another ghost was Sir Fulke Greville, a wealthy poet and man of prestige, who in 1604 acquired the Warwick Palace. Greville never had a wife or children who could be his heirs, so he made a small arrangement for his servant, Raf Haywood. Haywood was dissatisfied with the petition and stabbed Greville, who had been suffering for a month before dying from his injuries. Sir Fulke Greville’s ghost appears to be on his way to the room where he once studied, and tourists have witnessed the shadows staring at them and have felt his presence many times.
5. Baron Empain Palace
The Baron Empain Palace in Egypt was built between 1907 and 1911. The history of this palace is amazing. While the Baron was living in this palace, his wife fell down the spiral staircase and, unfortunately, lost her life. A few years later, the Baron’s mentally ill daughter died.
Despite the fact that the palace was empty for several years, the neighbors witnessed the windows being opened and closed. Sounds and furniture noise can be heard even in the middle of the night.
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