The 7 Spookiest Places on the Planet

How do people choose their next travel destination? Some have a list of places they would like to visit; some decide to go somewhere spontaneously when there are discounted tickets; some are fond of architecture while some are attracted to natural landscapes. The Internet is replete with articles about romantic destinations, but what about spooky places enveloped in mystery or just weird?Let’s find out!

Dracula’s Castle, Romania


Transylvania, today’s Romania, is considered to be the land of vampires. All this is thanks to the novel “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. The story is a fiction. The author himself never visited Transylvania. But he managed to make many readers believe that the castle in the Romanian city of Brasov, Bran Castle, was his residence. This is because this very castle is very similar to that described in the novel. The main character, Count Dracula, was inspired by Vlad the Impaler, a blood-thirsty ruler who ordered the execution of thousands of people. Many tourists flock here hoping to see the spirit of Count Dracula. Every Halloween the castle hosts a party for the fans of all mysterious. The nearby market offers a variety of thematic souvenirs.

Mütter Museum of Medical History, Philadelphia

The Mütter Museum is a subdivision of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The museum features a collection of old medical equipment and the exhibits of different human body anomalies. Among the specimens are the skeleton of a double-headed baby, the liver of Siamese twins, babies in jars, human skulls, and even a piece of Einstein’s brain. Since most of the specimens are real and quite creepy, the museum is not for the faint of heart – you should have a strong stomach.

Chernobyl, Ukraine

This town was abandoned by the citizens after the notorious Chernobyl disaster at the nuclear power plant in 1986. The nearby city of Pripyat was evacuated too. The so-called Chernobyl zone was created where it was prohibited to stay. People fled leaving their belongings. Today, the level of radiation there is safe, so many tourists come here to see the ghost town. You can’t visit it as an individual tourist – only in a tourist group organized by a certified agency.

Aokigahara Suicide Forest, Japan


At the base of Mount Fuji, there is the Aokigahara forest known as Jukai or the “Sea of Trees”. The trees in this forest are so dense that the sun rarely shines through the crown of trees and hardly any sounds can be heard. Compasses don’t work here because of the deposits of ore. The forest is actually the national park, but this is not what makes it notorious. After the Golden Gate Bridge, it’s the second most popular place to commit suicide. This is why it’s called ‘Suicide Forest’. Annually, 70-100 people come here to die. To prevent people from doing this, there are boards with psychology help center contacts and requests to think twice. If you lack excitement in your life and even best young pornstars are no longer a remedy, you can visit this place to shake your nerves.

Sonora Market, Mexico

In the city of Mexico, at the Sonora Market, there is a special section. The stuff sold here grants this market the status of witchcraft market. Among the things you can find here are herbs, amulets, human skulls, different religious icons and statuettes, etc. You can bump into real witches and mediums who will see your fortune in a crystal ball or Tarot cards.

Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, California

The house belonged to the widow of William Winchester, of the Winchester rifle fame. She believed that the spirits of people killed with the rifle will haunt her forever. She ordered a house built with 160 rooms that were supposed to confuse the ghosts. There are many secret windows and doors that lead nowhere. This is a perfect place for ghost hunters. Regular tourists will enjoy the architecture.

Catacombs of Paris

The overall length of the underground tunnels and caves of the Paris Catacombs reaches 187 (or sometimes 300) kilometers. These are ancient stone mines turned into a large ossuary. About 2 million Parisians are buried here. Tourists can explore 2 km of underground corridors lined with skulls. There are also slogans of the French Revolution on the walls.