If you’re looking to get your culture fix in the spookiest way possible, here are 8 of the creepiest locales in Europe. Be sure to pack some extra pairs of underwear!
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1. The Ancient Ram Inn
The Ancient Ram Inn in Gloucestershire, England was built in 1145 AD but supposedly has ties to the ancient world. Built on an intersection of 2 ley lines which lead to the center of Stonehenge, the Inn is said to draw its paranormal energy from the ancient ruins and is also thought to be built upon a pagan burial ground. Over the decades, numerous guests have claimed to see and hear ghostly apparitions and the current owner even reportedly found two child skeletons beneath the staircase.
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2. Houska Castle
Unlike most castles which are built to keep out invaders, Houska Castle in the Czech Republic with its strange location and lack of fortification appears to have been built to keep something in. According to legend, the castle was built over a bottomless pit known as “The Gateway to Hell.” Dark winged creatures were said to have emerged from the hole and the demonic activity was so strong the castle was constructed to contain it.
If that’s not creepy enough, Hitler’s interest in the occult led the Nazis to take over the fort in the 1930s and later renovations uncovered the skeletons of several Nazi officers who appeared to have been executed there.
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3. Kilmainham Gaol
This former prison in Dublin, Ireland once housed some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history, and some say it still does. It has since been converted into a museum, but Kilmainham is said to still be haunted by the ghosts of its former prisoners. Visitors claim to have witnessed flickering lights, disembodied voices and footsteps and have even reported being pushed over by unseen forces.