Tomas Haupt - Oct 29, 2012

Europe is full of dark corners and places with frightening mysteries and legends. invites you to explore places not meant for the faint hearted. Visit the best scary destinations of the Old Continent.

Haunted Castles in Scotland

Scotland has a huge number of ancient castles many of which are rumored to be haunted. A prime example of this is Glamis castle which is open from April to December. It boasts beautiful gardens and a traditional Scottish restaurant where you will feel really welcome, as well as the impressive architecture and decoration of the castle itself. It is still a family home, but there are guided tours where you can find out more about its royal connections and why it was the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth. The stunning paintings and pieces of furniture will impress you as will the architecture of this wonderful castle when you walk around the rooms which are set up as they would have been many years ago.

Meet Dracula in Romania

Transylvania in Romania is the haunting ground of Vlad the Impaler, the vampire on which Bram Stoker's Dracula was based. He was said to have lived in Bran Castle which is now a tourist haven, and during your visit you will certainly find plenty of stalls selling vampire memorabilia. Another castle - Poienari, is listed as his official residence and is well worth a visit, if only for its mountaintop view. His burial place was recorded as Lake Snagov, which is another popular tourist spot and shouldn't be missed if you are to complete the full Dracula tour.

Jack the Ripper's Hunting Ground

It was in the streets of Whitechapel that Jack the Ripper was known for hunting out prostitutes which he later killed. There are organized walks in this area of London for those interested in his murderous ways and maybe you might find out a little more about his motivations. You will be surprised at how little the alleyways have changed since the 1880's and how the atmosphere of terror can still be felt among the shadows of the scary routes he walked, especially if you take a tour in the winter months when it will be dark.

Torture Museum in Amsterdam

These days you generally associate Amsterdam with pleasure rather than pain, but the Torture Museum will show you a whole host of different ways of severing body parts and generally inflicting pain on other human beings. The museum is a stroll from the train station in the city center.

Le Manoir de Paris

Paris certainly has its dark side and in Le Manoir de Paris you can certainly find out a great deal about it. You can investigate stories such as the Phantom of the Opera, the Vampire Cave, The Bloody Baker, Sergeant Bertrand (The Werewolf of Paris) and the Crocodile in the Sewers. But these are just a few of the exhibits. The Manoir is open Friday evenings and weekend afternoons and explores 13 different scary legends of Paris.

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