Book a First-Hand Encounter with the Supernatural: A Look at the World’s Most Haunted Destinations
With All Hallows’ Eve just around the corner, a post about haunted locations around the world seems particularly apt. If you’re into encounters of the spine-tingling variety, you’re part of a small but passionate group of travelers. “Paranormal Travel” enthusiasts participate regularly in online forums, and there’s even a small cottage industry that specializes in highlighting travel to spooky destinations. If this interests you or someone you know here’s a quick list of some of the world’s most haunted destinations.
Castle of Good Hope, Capetown, South Africa
This bastion fort built in the 17th century is said to still terrify the soldiers who guard her ramparts by night. Sentries claim to hear pacing footsteps, strange voices, and blood-curdling screams. Less gruesomely, this castle is also said to be home to a supernatural canine that jumps up on guests as they walk the halls!
Tower of London, England
The Tower of London, part of which was built as early as 1078 by William the Conqueror, has served as a royal residence, an armory, and, most famously, a prison. It is here that people claim to have seen the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn, the ill-fated wife of Henry VIII, wandering the halls and gardens with her head cradled in her arms.
Island of the Dolls, Xochimilco, Mexico
The story of this haunted isle is particularly eerie. In the 1950s, a man named Julian was the caretaker of the island. Julian is said to have sensed the spirit of a young girl who had drowned on the island. In an attempt to calm her spirit, and bring her peace, he bought hundreds of dolls and hung them from the trees. Some say he was driven mad by the thought that he could not save her. Later, Julian was found drowned in the same spot the girl had died. Today, residents of the island say many spirits haunt the dolls.
Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada
This majestic hotel, set against the dramatic and moody backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, claims a few friendly spirits and a few cranky ones. One kindly ghost is a former bellhop who reportedly offers to help guests with their luggage. Visitors have also reported seeing a spectral bride dancing alone in one of the ballrooms.
These four are of course just the tip of the ghostly iceberg. Lists abound, ranging from the quirky to the macabre and everything in between. One thing is for certain: There’s a haunted place to explore in every corner of the globe.