I should clarify something right off. Perhaps a better title for this post would have been The Spookiest Places Around The World! (that we have visited). There may be scarier places that we haven’t been (yet), but if a place gave us goosebumps, hair-raising chills or an any way tipped off our spooky-radar – we included it here. We started this list in 2014 and it’s grown ex-BOO-netially since then! Sorry! 🙂
In no particular order of spookiness, creepiness, or chill-producing vibes – here are some of our Spooktacular Places to Visit Around the World!
The Bone Church of Kutna Hora (Czech Republic)
Yes, this is a new addition this year. SHIVERS! You’d never guess this quiet village just outside of Prague would hold such macabre works of “art”? to practically guarantee goosebumps from visitors around the world. The angelic cherubs perched atop gaping skulls were the first to tingle the spine, but certainly not the last. What about a crow made of bones, pecking at a Spaniard’s eye socket? YIKES! The Bone Church of Kutna Hora rates #1 this year in our list of spookiest places!
Bran Castle (Romania)
Even though Vlad Tepes, aka Count Dracula, likely never set foot inside this magnificent cliff-side castle, author Bram Stoker has the world believing that this was his lair. Full of secret stairs, passageways, and creepy carvings – Bran Castle is one seriously spooky place.
New Orleans, Louisiana (USA)
Teeming with ghosts, vampires, cemeteries and famous voodoo worshipers – New Orleans wins hands down for the most scares per capita. A visit to the famous St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 to see voodoo priestess Marie Laveau’s gravestone is a must-do during the daytime hours only. At night in New Orleans, it’s the living you have to worry about!
Hill of Slane (Ireland)
High on a grassy mound at the end of a deserted country road in County Meath Ireland, you’ll find the ancient Hill of Slane. Known as the place where St. Patrick angered the pagan ruler of Ireland in 4 by lighting the first paschal fire. With a history that can be traced back to Neolithic times, this sacred space puts off a very distinctive feeling. It’s not entirely unpleasant, but more of a feeling of energy surrounding it. It was fascinating to wander though the graves and wonder what spirits were sharing the space.
Killing Fields (Cambodia)
Few places we’ve ever visited have felt quite as powerful as The Killing Fields of Cambodia. Perhaps because the atrocities were so recently committed, it feels as though their voices can be clearly heard in the quiet meadows if one simply takes the time to listen.
Jack the Ripper’s Neighborhood (England)
Yes, it was a tour. Yes, there were 8 other people present. And yes, this neighborhood practically scared me to death! Seeing the exact spots where Jack the Ripper stalked and killed his victims in London’s fading afternoon twilight was enough to ruin my good sleep for several weeks afterwards.
Neamt Monastery (Romania)
Here in this dusty basement of Neamt Romania, the Bones of Neamt Monastery tell the story. Over 530 monks who lived and worshiped here are on display as both a tribute to their service and a grim reminder for history. Steeping down into the basement to be greeted by hundreds and hundreds of skulls and bones certainly made my hair stand on end!
Glasnevin Cemetery (Ireland)
Only in Ireland would a famously spooky cemetery have it’s very own pub! Glasnevin Cemetery is the earthy eternal resting place for over 1.5 million people over the years.
The history of this fascinating place includes notorious gravediggers and ghoulish characters who awake from the “dead” and have the unique distinction of being buried twice. If the goosebumps at Glasnevin Cemetery get to be too much to bear, it might be a good idea to stop in for a pint of Guinness at The Gravediggers Pub.
You never know who you might find…
Just be careful when the bar closes that you know your way…there are always those who are more than willing to help you find another route home!
Have you ever been scared here? What’s the scariest place you’ve ever visited?