When, if not on the eve of Halloween, people feel like watch some horror movie again or plunge into something mystical for a while. We are sure that you will cope with the choice of a horror movie, a festive costume or a pumpkin size, so today we will tell you about castles that have a mystical history and keep many secrets. In some of these stories, people swear that they saw a ghost in the labyrinth of rooms and halls; other stories were enriched over the years with otherworldly mythology since they passed from mouth to mouth; and some stories are considered mystical simply because of old tales, and hardly anyone will ever recall exactly the reason why the estate became notorious. Nevertheless, you are welcome to review five European castles, in which, according to legend, you can meet ghosts, and it is your choice to believe those legends or not.
1. Leap Castle, Ireland
The first in our list is a truly creepy place. Leap Castle was built on a former ritual site around 1250 and belonged to the O’Caroll kindred over the vast majority of its existence. A distinctive feature of this kindred was that some of its members were extremely cruel and used to neglect the old rules of hospitality. Feasts were often held in the castle, which ended with killing or poisoning of guests. This was the way the O’Carolls got rid of their enemies or unwanted people. In these days, a dungeon has been discovered in the castle, from which human bones were taken out in several carts. Owing to its bloody history (even on a scale of the Middle Ages), numerous legends about ghosts have grown around the castle. One of them says that a priest was once killed in the chapel and stayed there as a ghost. There is also a legend about a woman in red, whose child was killed in the castle, and the tale about It, a kind of crooked creature that vaguely resembles a beast ready for a jump.
2. Moosham Castle, Austria
Moosham Castle is more than eight centuries old. It would not have differed much from other Austrian castles, if a dark period had not occurred in its history in the seventeenth century, when witches and sorcerers were trialed and then put to death in it.
Now, one can meet the ghosts of unjustly executed people in the corridors, as their souls cannot find peace. Moreover, in the nineteenth century, crippled animal skeletons were found in the basements, which grew into a theory about a werewolf who once lived in a dungeon. The current owner of the castle says that tourists still hear someone’s shouts, footsteps and feel light touches on their bodies.
3. Houska Castle, the Czech Republic
The Gothic castle is located near Prague and its history is shrouded in mysticism from the very construction. According to the legend, the castle was built as a gift to the son of Prince Slavibor, but there was no kitchen in it, it was hard enough to get water, and there were neither useful resources nor trade routes in the district. The only thing that was in this place was a huge hole in the ground, shaped like a well and going into darkness. Local people say that the owners did not know how deep the hole was, or what was at its bottom. The legend says that there was a labyrinth at the very bottom, which led straight to the hell gates. One day one of the prisoners in the castle was offered freedom if he would go down on a rope and tell what he saw there. When he was down, the prisoner screamed, and when he was picked up, his hair turned gray, and the man mysteriously died three days later. There were attempts to fill up the hole with stones, but it seemed to be bottomless.
Nevertheless, after some time, the attempts to fill the well with stones paid off, and a chapel was erected in its place. However, adults still feel unwell in the castle, and animals avoid its territory.
4. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Great Britain again! Apparently, rainy weather and grayness invite the ghosts to spread and settle in different castles. Edinburgh Castle has a rich history. It was built on the site of an inactive volcano, on top of Castle Rock; over its centuries-long history it was besieged, captured, used as a prison, and so on. Moreover, it is said that that even the inveterate skeptics develop cautious attitude to otherworldly phenomena. The reason is that Edinburgh Castle houses more ghosts than any other. Here you will meet a boy playing the bagpipes, who disappeared by mystery, and former prisoners and other ghosts for every taste.
5. Bran Castle, Romania
And finally the famous Dracula’s castle! In fact, Count Vlad the Impaler, who is considered to be Count Dracula, never lived in Bran, but often went hunting nearby and once spent two months incarcerated there. In fact, Bran was dubbed the vampire castle by fans of Bram Stoker (author of the novel “Dracula”). The truth is that the writer described the vampire’s estate in sufficient detail, and Bran Castle, in turn, fits this description perfectly. Moreover, this theory strongly settled in Coppola had shot his film about the most famous vampire in it.