Creepy Castles: 13 Abandoned Places You Need to Visit

Schloss Altenstein

Schloss Altenstein has been passed among the nobility of the German and Austro-Hungarian empire since the early 14th century – moving from one branch of the family to another, until it was given to the Dukes of Saxe-Meiningen, who were its most famous occupants.

The castle has been renovated and expanded since its construction, with various petty noblemen adding their flourishes until it resembled some monster hybrid of German Baroque and English Renaissance revival styles. In 1942, the estate was sold by the last generation of Saxe-Meiningen dukes to the state of Thuringia. It was mostly destroyed by fire in 1982, but parts of it have been renovated and opened to the public.



11 Great Hostels to Stay In

For budget-minded travelers in search of a cheap place to stay, hostels can be the perfect option. Generally, hostels offer much better value than hotels and short-term apartment rentals. Because less money is spent on accommodations, it allows globetrotters to designate a larger portion of their budget to good food and sightseeing activities instead.

11 Great Hostels in Europe to Stay In

If you’re a budget-minded backpacker interested in meeting fellow travelers along the way, hostels are an exceptional alternative. Intimate, community-minded, and affordable, hostels have exploded in popularity and really come a long way. From shared open-concept spaces to private ensuites, it’s easy to find a mix of both communal and secluded accommodations.

The 10 Most Historic Prisons

While jail time isn’t a walk in the park for any convicted felon, many tourists flock to historical prisons around the world when traveling. This is due to their mystic, history, and eerie ambiance. While it may seem a little crazy, visiting a local prison can provide a ton of insight on a region’s roots and culture.