Adding to the fear of stepping into one of the most haunted places are reports of tragic accidents and ghost sightings. We bring you the scariest places and their terrifying stories, challenging all the bravest minds to travel the world and find out what they are doing in alien lands. Starting from India, travel to fascinating locations in Australia, Europe, America, and Africa.
Here are the 50 scariest places in the world:
1. Bangor Fort, India
You’ve heard the story of Bangor Fort in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. Visiting Bangor Fort at night is not permitted. According to one folklore, Tantrik Singhia tried to win the heart of Princess Ratnavati using magic. The princess realized his evil plans and ordered him to be killed. Before his death, Tantra cursed the villagers to die, leaving the village houses without roofs.
2. Fern Hill Hotel, India
During the filming of the Bollywood horror thriller Raaz, a horror story related to India’s scariest haunted hotel came to light. The story goes that one night, choreographer Saroj Khan and her crew woke up to hear the noise of furniture on the ground floor. They tried to contact the front desk, but the phone line was dead, and the next morning the receptionist pointed out that the hotel did not have a ground floor. The incident was one of many that ultimately led to the hotel’s closure. This popular real-life incident has led the hotel to be considered one of the truly haunted places in the world.
3. Monte Cristo Homestead, Australia
Monte Cristo Homestead is a spirit house in New South Wales, Australia. The mansion is well-known because of ghost stories related to Mrs. Crowley. Her previous owner said she hadn’t left the house for 23 years after her spouse died. And when she died, it is believed that a disembodied apparition haunted her room. People claim to have seen her disembodied ghost in her window, strange voices, flickering lights, and hovering ghosts in hallways. There have also been many reports of accidents and murders at villas in the past.
4. Alladale Psychiatric Hospital, Australia
Alladale, a madhouse, is one of the most haunted places in the world. Alladale Asylum in Victoria is the largest abandoned psychiatric hospital. The 60-building complex, which opened in 1867, was home to the worst madness of the British Empire. Sister Kelly’s haunted story has become a popular entry from Australia to the list of the world’s most haunted places. Ghosts are believed to haunt women’s wings. Another popular story concerns the ghost of old Margaret, one of the many patients forced into the asylum when it closed in the 1990s.
5. Highgate Cemetery, England
Egyptian Avenue entrance at Highgate Cemetery. The final resting place of more than 1,70,000 people has been the setting for many supernatural stories. But it’s the story of a 7-foot-tall Phantom, a Highgate vampire with hypnotic red eyes and a long black coat. Vampires are believed to cause sudden drops in temperature, freezing time, and more. The story of vampires became widely known when the badly charred remains of a woman were found decapitated.
6. Ancient Ram Inn, England
The 12th-century inn located at Gloucestershire has been popular for its satanic sacrifices and malevolent entities. The owner even reported being snatched out of bed by an invisible spirit on his very first evening in the house.
7. Tower of London, England
The Tower of London is quite a tourist attraction during the day. Several princes and others were executed in the tower itself, dating back to 1078. A local tower keeper, also known as the Beefeater, claims to have seen the headless ghosts of Lady Jane Grey, Anne Boleyn, and the two princes who murdered his uncle Richard III in 1483.
8. Mark King’s Claus, Scotland
Mark King’s Claus was a series of underpasses and tunnels in 16th and 17th-century Edinburgh that connected a number of residential and commercial buildings. The area was abandoned after a plague epidemic in 1645. Now part of City Tours, The Claus is in the news with ghostly sightings of an older woman, a black woman, and young Annie.
9. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
A view of Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. The iconic historic castle is known to stand on Iron Age ruins. In addition to being a tourist attraction during the day, the castle is also home to spooky dogs, a headless drummer, and a phantom whistleblower. During the 10-day scientific survey of the castle in 2001, ghost sightings were reported by several volunteers and scientists. Since then, people have taken Edinburgh Castle seriously.
10. Greyfriars Kirkyard, Scotland
Greyfriars Kirkyard is a cemetery in Edinburgh, known as one of the world’s haunted spots due to Mackenzie’s poltergeist sightings. According to folklore, a homeless man once broke into Sir George’s Mackenzie mausoleum. Since then, many paranormal activities have been reported. Nearly 200 passed out in the cemetery, and many others escaped with many bruises and scratches.
11. Akershus Castle, Norway
Evening shot of Akershus Castle in Oslo, Norway. Built in the 1290s, the strategic fortress and prison are claimed by many to be the most haunted place in the world. The castle was also the site of Nazi executions and is said to be haunted by a robed woman and a Markanisen dog. It is said that those who see Markanisen’s spirit are doomed to die in the near future.
12. Brissac castle, France
This 11th-century castle in Maine-et-Loire is one of the most haunted places in the world. A beautiful castle witnessed a double murder. It’s said that the ghost of a green woman roams the castle. People have reported seeing a woman with a deformed face in a green dress. People have even reported hearing a woman moan.
13. Catacombs of Paris, France
The mere appearance of these cobweb tunnels beneath the French capital can scare you to death. Due to the condition, many remains were buried in artistic arrangements within the tunnels. In addition to reports of people witnessing apparitions in these catacombs, there were reports of people completely “disappearing” in these tunnels.
14. Isle of Dolls, Mexico
Doll’s artificial island is one of the most haunted places in the world. A legend tells of a girl who later drowned in a canal in Mexico. When Julian Barrera moved to this island, he was haunted by the ghost of a young girl. To please her spirit, he hung several dolls all over the island. Sometime later, Julian told his nephew that the girl wanted him to accompany him as a playmate in her afterlife. His body was later found in a canal in the same place as the girl. Visitors to the island report that puppet eyes follow them. They even reported hearing whispers and laughter.
15. St. Augustine Lighthouse, United States
Night view of St. Augustine Lighthouse in Florida, USA. The 19th-century Florida lighthouse is still in use today. However, thanks to repeated paranormal sightings, it ranks among the most haunted places on Earth. Several ghosts have been reported by visitors. These include the ghost of a former lighthouse keeper smoking a cigar, the ghost of a woman in a blue velvet dress screaming for help, and the ghosts of two girls wandering the lighthouse.
16. Screaming Tunnel, Canada
The Ontario Tunnel is under the train from Toronto to New York via Niagara Falls. Legend has it that 100 years ago, a young girl died when a farmhouse at the south entrance of the tunnel caught fire. The girl, burning in the fire, ran there for help, but she died in the tunnel. Since then, whenever someone sets fire to the tunnel, the girl’s scream is heard, and the fire goes out.
17. Rose Hall, Jamaica
The entrance of Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Rose Hall is a former plantation house in Montego Bay. One of his former owners is said to have killed several husbands and slaves with voodoo. Rose Hall is reportedly haunted by ghosts.
18. Aokigahara Forest, Japan
Aokigahara Forest, or Jukai, has witnessed the highest number of suicides. It’s second only to the number of suicides on the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s said that the spirits of those who committed suicide here haunt the forest.
19. Singapore’s Changi Beach and Old Changi Hospital
Changi Beach and the old hospital, dating back to 1935, are said to be haunted. Many Chinese soldiers were killed by the Japanese on the beach. During World War II, the Japanese Kempeitai (Japan’s Imperial Secret Police) occupied the hospital and turned it into a torture camp. The now-abandoned hospital is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Chinese soldier. There have also been some reports of headless soldiers on the beach at night.
20. Castle of Good Hope, South Africa
Built in Cape Town by the Dutch East India Company in the 16th century, Castle on the Cape of Good Hope was used to resupply ships that ventured into dangerous waters. For years, guards on duty have reported seeing ghosts of a screaming lady, a large gentleman, and a black dog. However, after the woman’s body was discovered near the castle, the ghost of the screaming woman reportedly never appeared again.
21. Tatak School, Hong Kong
It’s not a big deal to think the school is haunted. Many schools around the world are suffering, whether in India or elsewhere. But it’s hard to believe that innocent-looking children are capable of doing anything sinister, but the history of this school speaks only of that. Not only was it constructed on the site where the Japanese were massacred during World War II, but locals say a teacher whose soul lurked in the place was killed.
22. Poveglia Island, Italy
One of the world’s most haunted places, Poveglia has a dark, spine-tingling history. When the plague hit the city, people were left to die with no cure. Some bodies were buried in graves without treatment. Their spirits haunt the island, and no one visits it.
23. Myrtle Plantation, United States
One of the scariest places on Earth, Myrtles Plantation, also has a cursed history. The owner of the place is believed to have abused one of her female slaves. Later, a slave girl, Chloe, poisoned her family. To get revenge, he killed her and threw her body in a not-so-good situation, and Chloe’s ghost has haunted the house ever since. She is believed to disturb visitors to her home. It’s said to be the spirit house of the world.
24. Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital, South Korea
Haunted Mental Asylums sound like a cliche, don’t they? Well, the story of Konjiam Psychiatric Hospital is that students studying psychiatry started committing suicide for no reason. It’s also said that there was a doctor who abused a mentally ill patient. The hospital is now a haunted house, blocked off with bars and placards urging people to stay away.
25. Penang War Museum, Malaysia
Ranked on the list of the scariest places on Earth, the Penang War Museum is certainly no ordinary museum. This place was a fort that witnessed the battle between Japan and England. I can imagine it being scarred by the blood of soldiers from both sides. They were brutally killed, and the museum stands as their representative. The museum is an important place for paranormal researchers!
26. Hashima Island, Japan
Once bustling with coal mines, Hashima is now home to souls and spirits. The uninhabited island has become a ghost town without human intervention, and you can hear whispers even if there is no one next to you!
27. Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
Less terrifying and a place of pilgrimage, the hill is dotted with hundreds and thousands of sacred crosses. People from everywhere visit this sacred hill and leave sacred crosses to fulfill their wishes. However, only a handful of people stay overnight on this hill!
28. Pripyat, Ukraine
Who would leave a community full of rides, gymnasiums, auditoriums, galleries, and other recreational venues? To find out, you’ll have to visit the spooky Ukrainian city of Pripyat. Be sure to pray before entering this cursed city!
29. Kraco, Italy
The last time human activity was reported in the village was in 1963 when locals moved to another area. Since then, no one has decided to appear in this settlement because it is believed to be cursed with evil spirits and paranormal activities.
30. Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
This ossuary may not look unnatural at first glance! But wait, look around again! Don’t tell me that the room’s chandeliers, wreaths, and coats of arms are all actually carved out of human bones and skeletons. Do you want to visit this ossuary anyway?
31. Tuol Sleng, Cambodia
Schools turned into prisons, and Tuol Sleng in Cambodia turned into a massacre! Claimed to have killed about 14,000 inmates. Most of them died after being brutally tortured. You can visit this prison during the day, but you can spend the night there. You have to think twice!
32. Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennsylvania, USA
Most of us may not know the “Pennsylvania System”! To explain, it was a system in which prisoners were thrown into solitary confinement and sometimes had to die in dire circumstances. Introduced in Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary in 1829, the aftermath of this horrific practice caused some eerie paranormal activity in that prison.
33. Lome Bazaar, Togo, Africa
Lome Bazaar is an African market where you can find everything you need to practice black magic. It’s one of the spookiest places in the country. You can find everything from freshly killed animals to well-preserved remains, skeletons, and other parts at this market.
34. Miyake Island, Japan
How scary would it be to wear a gas mask for the rest of your life? To find out, visit Miyake Island, where individuals spend most of their lives putting on gas masks to withstand the toxic gases of an active volcano.
35. Holy Land – Waterbury, Connecticut, USA
Based on stories and verses from the Bible, the amusement park came to an abrupt end after closing in the 1980s. Since then, the park has attracted many ghost hunters who claim that supernatural forces and paranormal phenomena exist within the park.
36. I.M. Cooling Tower, Belgium
What makes this power plant terrifying is its sheer size and lack of human activity. With its incredible ability to cool approximately 480,000 gallons of water per minute, the facility is currently one of the spookiest places on Earth.
37. The overgrown portion of the Great Wall, China
Nature has its own rules, and those who challenge nature are sure to be defeated! Even the Great Wall of China cannot withstand nature’s wrath, and some of it is eaten by nature. Hidden from tourists, these parts of the wall are susceptible to vegetation and lose their sustainability.
38. Dadipark – Daddyzel, Belgium
This amusement park in Belgium opened in the 1950s and closed in 2002. After a tragic incident in 2000 when a boy lost his arm, the park became unattractive to visitors and eventually closed its gates entirely. The park’s vastness and reigning tranquility have made it one of the spookiest places in Belgium.
39. Military Hospital – Beelitz, Germany
Visiting this abandoned hospital, no one will believe that the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was treated there! This hospital was his treatment center, with 60 buildings that were closed with the collapse of East Germany. All that remains today are spooky hallways, quirky beds, rusty appliances, and faded colors.
40. Willard Asylum – Willard, New York, USA
This chronic facility was founded in 1869 and could accommodate about 4,000 patients at a time. The agency recorded about 50,000 deaths, only a few of which were of natural origin. Well, that makes the asylum and its morgue one of the creepiest and creepiest places.
41. Changi Beach, Singapore
Flying saucers and other unidentified objects. Exciting, right? But what about flying heads, headless corpses roaming the beach, dying soldiers screaming for help, and other contrived occurrences? Come to Singapore’s Changi Beach and witness the unnatural happenings!
42. Bruce Castle, England
If you visit the place regularly, you might see a woman in white waving at you! As you enter, you might hear the laughter of her two children in nightgowns. If you do reach the top, you have a chance to see the body of a decapitated woman! Are you scared?
43. North Yungas Road, Bolivia
This one has nothing to do with paranormal or spooky happenings, yet it is considered one of the scariest streets in the world. The twisty, winding roads are enough to send chills down your spine.
44. Borley Vicarage, Essex, England
You can see flame figures roaming freely around the site and levitating nuns chasing you everywhere. Known as the scariest house in England, the house has seen a series of tragic and barbaric events that have led to several other unnatural events.
45. Culloden Moor, Scotland
Don’t follow the calm and attractive site appearance. It is where the last battle on the British mainland was fought. After this aftermath, it became a slaughter rather than a war. It is reported that the souls of dead soldiers still haunt this place. They even cry in their deep agony and strike swords!
46. Bethnal Green Underground, London, England
During the horrific World War II, hundreds of people were executed at this station. Since then, the screams of women, children, and babies have been heard. According to the underground staff, these are the disgruntled souls of the victims who still haunt the passageway.
47. Death Railway, Thailand
Thousands of slaves died from unsanitary conditions, malaria, and other epidemics during the construction of this railway bridge over the River Kwai, which will connect Myanmar to Bangkok. Decades later, the bridge is still reportedly haunted by the spirits of deceased workers.
48. Stanley Hotel, Colorado, USA
Don’t get curious to find out who’s playing the melodious tune with the piano! There are chances you’ll see ghostly kids playing in the staircase or in the passage, while piano sounds will be coming from an empty ballroom! If you still want to stay for a night, make sure you don’t choose room #418!
49. Pendle Hill, Lancashire, England
With witchcraft being practiced here during the 1612s, black magicians still visit this place and hunt down its ghosts to enhance their powers!
50. Bran Castle, Romania, Romania
Also known as Dracula’s Castle, no one exactly knows what lives in the dark walls of this castle. It was once ruled by a rigorous and merciless killer. One night spent in this castle is enough to make you feel the presence of spirits and souls in it!
Old fortresses, abandoned houses, old cemeteries, dense forests, and all haunted places in the world have a strange and eerie atmosphere. Those who were looking for the top haunted places’ names, hope this article helped.