MSN NZ Travel staff
Do you love horror movies and scary stories? Then why not make your next holiday a spookfest? Looking for ghosts may not be the holiday activity of choice such as food, spa getaways and eco-tourisms, but there are still plenty of places around the world you can live out your ghostbusting fantasies.
Even for the sceptics out there who think the idea of spirits and ghost trains is far-fetched, these haunted locations are accompanied by gory tales of tragic deaths and leave even the most discerning critic clearing their throat.
But don't just take our word for it. Check out the 10 most haunted places we could find from around the world in our slideshow:
1. Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa:
The most dreaded part of the castle is a windowless dungeon which also served as a torture chamber where convicts were chained to the dungeon walls and drowned. If you hear unexplainable footsteps followed by the castle bell being rung, don't worry it's only the guard who hanged himself on the bell rope many years ago.
2. Tower of London, London, England:
The Tower of London is believed to be the most haunted building in London. Sightings range from headless ghosts to whole squads of ghostly soldiers seen marching the grounds. Tower guards also claim to hear whispers of unearthly voices during their rounds. The Tower of London has no shortage of ghosts!
3. The White House, Washington, DC, USA:
The current commander-in-chief is not the only president residing in the White House these days. Former (that's dead) presidents are known to wander the halls at night.
4. Bran Castle (Dracula's castle), Transylvania:
The Dracula legend was actually inspired by Vlad the Impaler who punished his subjects by crucifixion or burning them at the stake. Thus the Bran Castle is better known as Dracula's castle.
5. The Queen Mary, Long Beach, Los Angeles, USA:
The Queen Mary aka "The Grey Ghost" ferried seasick sailors and destitute stowaways many of whom died on the ship. Their spirits are so haunting to this day that some parts of the ship are actually barred from public entry!
6. Catacombs, Paris, France:
Underneath Paris lies a vast underground network of tunnels, tombs and cemeteries. But the people laying to rest in this spot weren't given the luxury of a cosy coffin they were stacked on top of each other in a mass grave. Rest in peace, not.
7. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland:
The castle is more than 900 years old, but what's the most haunted part of it? Its ancient dungeon is the site of uncounted deaths where many angry spirits roam.
8. The Brandywine Battlefield Historic Park, Pennsylvania, USA:
The scene of the famous confrontation between American and British troops in 1777.
9. Red Square, Moscow, Russia:
Many eyewitnesses attest to spotting the ghost of Vladimir Lenin in the wee hours of the morning around Red Square. Spooky!
10. The bridge over the River Kwai, Thailand:
The bridge was dubbed the "Death Railway" during World War II because of the thousands of people who managed to survive disease and starvation, only to be tortured and brutally killed at the hands of the Japanese.
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