Top 10 Spooky Places Worldwide That You Need to Visit

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Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien

Last updated:  2022-09-18 06:00:06

Some places are left to be forgotten, but somehow, some enthusiasts who love mysterious sites have rediscovered them. Some of them were abandoned a long time ago, so the time took its toll. Still, there are a few morbid attractions that seem to draw people, including cemeteries. We can't argue they are the main draw in some cities, as a resting place of some influential people from our past. Though, this can't change the fact that visiting these areas can give you goosebumps. So let's check the top ten spooky places that magically attract people.

10. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Just the word "Voodoo" gives creeps to some people. However, the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau was very much respected

Established in 1789 and still active since then, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest one in New Orleans. Many well-known personalities are buried here, so it's not surprising that over 100,000 people come each year. However, some tombs attract much more visitors, such as Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau's grave. 

Queen Marie has remained a very respected resident of New Orleans since she helped many people during the outbreak of yellow fever. Urban legend even says that if you place triple X on her tomb, she will grant you a wish. Hence, this attracted so many tourists over the years, ruining the grave. Today, the only way to visit the cemetery is with a guided tour. 

9. Beelitz-Heilstatten Hospital, Germany

What can you expect from Hitler's hospital than to be spooky

This hospital is located near Berlin, and it was built at the end of the 19th century. Moreover, young Adolf Hitler healed his wounds here during WWI, earning a Golden Cross for his injuries. Later on, throughout WWII, this was a military hospital for injured soldiers. Moreover, after the war, it kept its purpose until 1995, when most of the complex was abandoned.

For years this spooky place was left to rot, attracting drunken teenagers and some bypassers. However, as the interest in Beelitz-Heilstatten Hospital rose, local authorities made elevated paths for sightseeing. Consequently, you can take a peek inside the hospital without entering it, although there are additional tours that allow you to get inside. However, not all the buildings are connected with sightseeing paths, so you can explore them without paying a fee. Even though that's not entirely legal, it doesn't stop the curious ones.

8. Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, Rock, West Virginia, USA

If you wish to explore paranormal activities, visit Lake Shawnee Amusement Park

A long time ago, this was a burial ground of the Native American tribe. Still, in the 18th century, the Clay family with 14 children settled there. However, indigenes killed three of their children, so the head of the family retaliated. That's why the mysterious, haunted past of this place has an ominous reputation. However, until the mid-1920s, this was a peaceful spot when the American businessman bought the country and built the Lake Shawnee Amusement Park.

During the 40 years of operating, there were a few accidental deaths, so the park closed in 1966. Therefore, it's not a surprise that the stories labeling this place cursed and haunted rose up. Today, the park regularly attracts explorers of the paranormal.

7. General Cemetery, Guatemala City, Guatemala

A couple of times a year, you can stumble at the corpses being relocated at Guatemala City Cemetery

Guatemala General Cemetery has approximately a dozen burials a day due to many suicides and widespread crime. As a consequence, the cemetery faced a horrifying truth, becoming full. Hence, when the loved ones don't pay the rent, the remains are removed from, as they thought, their last resting place.

Therefore, a couple of times a year, the grave cleaners open up the crypts, label the corpses and rebury them in a massive grave. This gives the cemetery a spooky vibe since the upper tombs' bodies are exposed to high temperatures, becoming a sort of mummified. The visitors can stumble upon this sight if they visit during the cleanup.

6. Haunted Places

We'll just say "The Shining." Creepy, isn't it?

The legendary Stanley Hotel at Estes Park, Colorado, was the inspiration for Stephen King's book The Shining. Later, Stanley Kubrick made a movie based on the book, and the rest is history. Allegedly haunted rooms in the hotel are the ones that visitors want to stay in. Moreover, the hotel offers a guided tour explaining the establishment's story and its ghosts.

Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, was once a residence of Sarah Winchester, a widow of the firearm magnate. Allegedly, the residence is haunted by the ghosts of those who died from Winchester rifles. House is a highly-rated tourist attraction, with staircases and doors that lead nowhere - spooky!

5. Pripyat, Ukraine

Pripyat is just too spooky, abandoned, and left to rot

This was once a town full of prosperity, built to accommodate nuclear plant Chernobyl employees and their families. Nevertheless, today it stands deserted while sending an eerie vibe. Moreover, after so many years from the nuclear accident back in 1986, it's still radioactive.

However, people are drawn to the Pripyat, a town of ghosts abandoned years ago and left to rot since. The government put a lot of effort into reducing the radioactivity by cleaning up the surrounding area, but it's still spooky. However, it became a tourist spot, so the visits under strictly guided and regulated supervision gained popularity. 

4. Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The criminals have a mind of their own, and those who spent time in Eastern State Penitentiary have gone insane

When the Eastern State Penitentiary was opened in 1829, it had the vision to rehabilitate the prisoners. It even was constructed a bit like a cathedral to make the inmates repent. Moreover, each cell had skylights so God could light wisdom onto the convicts. The rehabilitation plan was to isolate the prisoners and make them read Bible, but it backfired. Hence, many convicts went insane after a short time spent in Eastern State Penitentiary. 

Moreover, due to the need to accommodate many inmates (including Willie Sutton and Al Capone) and other issues, the prison was closed after 142 years. Today, this is a tourist attraction with a spooky look and haunted halls, with screams of inmates gone insane echoing all over the place. Or at least that's how they advertise it.

3. Capuchin Catacombs, Palermo, Italy

If you wish to hang out with mummified corpses, you can do that at Capuchin Catacombs

Once this was a burial place, and now it's a tourist spot! Freaky, spooky, weird, call it whatever, or call it a tourist attraction! Wanna have a romantic holiday? Just book a ticket to Italy (Palermo, Sicily to be precise) and spend some time with 8,000 corpses and 1,252 mummies.

Well, by now, we know that all of us have a different approach to death. Some find it interesting to visit catacombs, and we can't argue that Capuchin Catacombs, as a part of Capuchin Monastery, have some fascinating background. Still, it has an eerie vibe as the catacomb's eldest corps date back to 1599. Hence we can say that tradition, history, and secrecy make this a morbid tourist attraction!

2. Sedlec Ossuary, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

Entering the Sedlec Ossuary church and admiring the art made of bones is pretty spooky

The haunting beauty of Sedlec Ossuary, located east of Prague, lies in its decoration. That's because over 40,000 human skeletons have been used to decorate this old medieval gothic church's interior. Sedlec Ossuary is often called the Bone Church, as the stunning chandelier made out of bones dominates this place.

The interior was created because of a lack of space for the deceased ones. So in 1870, the church officials assigned the bones to local woodcarver Frantisek Rindt, who did a truly remarkable job decorating the interior with the remains. Hence, this brings tourists from all over the world to Kutna Hora to admire bone art.

1. Hanging Coffins of Sagada, Sagada, Philippines

Hanging Coffins of Sagada attract more visitor every year, so kudos for keeping the tradition

Igorot tribes from the northern part of the Philippines bury their deceased in the coffins hanging on a cliff for more than 2,000 years. Furthermore, they believe that this way, the soul will be brought closer to their ancestral spirits. Also, they are placed inside the coffin in the fetal position, as they assume that the individual should leave this world the same way they came into it.

The caskets are attached to the cliff by ropes or nailed since this high position ensures that animals won't rip the deceased. Lately, Hanging Coffins of Sagrada attract visitors and bring benefits to this secluded place.

We don't know about you, but we surely wouldn't step a foot in catacombs to look at the mummified corpses. This top ten list is just too creepy to us, but suit yourself!

Would you dare to watch "The Shining" and spend the next night at Stanley Hotel, which inspired the book? What was the spookiest place you have ever visited? Please write your comment below, as we would like to hear your opinion.



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