Why are the Middle Ages extremely scary

Do you still remember the nights when you really had one before you went to sleep? creepy story was told? These stories were particularly popular on school trips. In the evening you sat around the campfire with your classmates and everyone told their best scary story. If you were later in the room of the youth hostel or in the tent, the most banal noises then seemed threatening.

A crack in the wood or the gurgling of rusty pipes - your heart was already beating to your neck! Today I'll show you the 13 scariest places in the world. Whether in Scotland, Germany or Japan - almost every country has a place that is better to avoid in the dark. Even if you don't believe in these stories, you are guaranteed to get goosebumps in some places.

These are the 13 scariest places on earth

Greyfriars Kirkyard | Gongers Sylt

Dragsholm Castle | Centralia in Pennsylvania

Chernobyl in Ukraine | Haunted Queen Mary

Beelitz-Heilstätten | Discovery Island

Myrtles Plantation | Doll island

Aokigahara Forest Japan |Ghost village in Italy

Spreepark in Berlin

Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, Scotland

The ancient Scottish Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburghis definitely one of the scariest places on earth. In the middle of the beautiful city is this really unique cemetery, which is a bit eerie even in daylight. The deceased have been buried here since the 16th century and the most incredible stories have grown up around this gloomy place ever since.

Visitors and employees of the cemetery report of real attacks that they carried out in the dark near the "Covenanters ‘Prison“, A cordoned off section in the southern part of the Kirkyard. This served as a prison in 1679 for all those who had signed a pact against the Stuart royal family in 1638 and had been defeated. Some of them were released or could be rescued, but many of the more than a thousand detainees died miserably or were executed. And the man who ordered these and many other executions is also buried in this cemetery.

Many of the more than a thousand prisoners died miserably or were executed ...

According to legend, one day a homeless man went into his mausoleum in search of protection and crashed through a wooden hatch in the floor. So he is said to have awakened the cruel commander from his rigor mortis. Since then, stories have been told of visitors who were injured or passed out near the grave. The Scots are not alarmed by this and even offer nighttime Spooky tours of the haunted cemetery at. Scary prospects, right?

Undead Gongers on Sylt

The beautiful North German island of Sylt should get regular visits from undead sailors, they are called Gongers on the island. Adrowned sailor returns to his family, but only in the third or fourth generation. Allegedly he returns from the sea at dusk or at night in the clothes in which he drowned. In the dark of night he opens the door of his relatives' house, turns off the light and lies down on the blanket of a sleeping offspring. The next morning, the gonger's relatives found a puddle of salt water in the kitchen that was taken from the returnee's clothes. The gonger comes back until the family takes care of his terrible death and remembered him. This mind just doesn't want to be forgotten. Sounds scary, doesn't it?

Dragsholm Castle in Hørve, Denmark

In daylight it isDragsholm Castle in Hørve a real beauty. In the Middle Ages it not only served as a fortress, but also as a prison. The lord's daughter is said to have been locked up by her own father for an unhappy and forbidden love affair. She starved to death behind the thick walls of the castle and has been wandering the corridors of the castle ever since. During renovation work around 70 years ago, the skeleton of a girl was discovered who was wearing a white dress. So it may well be that this is actually the girl who is being held prisoner.

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Today the Dragsholm Castle is a beautiful 4 star hotel where you can spend a night from 160 €. During the day one cannot suspect a ghost here, but it is well known that most ghosts only get up to mischief at night ...

But not only the white young lady sneaks through the castle - a former prisoner, Count von Bothwell, also appears regularly on the castle grounds and is up to mischief. Guests of the castle claim to have heard the pounding of his horses very carefully. Ghost hunters from all over the world come to Dragsholm Castle to explore the unusual vibrations and learn more about the unusual processes.

Courtyard to Hell: Centralia in Pennsylvania

Apart from a few brave residents who refuse to give up their homes, the small town is Centralia in the USA a ghost town. A fire in the coal mines has been smoldering under the city for more than 50 years and envelops the abandoned houses and streets in acrid smoke. 2,500 people still lived in the city in 1981, today there are only 11.

When the sun goes down and the smoke wafts through the streets, the city appears like one Front yard to hell. The tar seems to be almost tearing apart in entire streets. In 1981, a 12-year-old boy sank into the soft, warm soil of his grandmother's garden. The heat of the glowing coals had softened the ground so much that he could no longer support the boy's weight. Some time later, the city's mayor was hospitalized for gas poisoning. Even if you just drive along the city streets with Google Maps, you can see the smoke billowing through the deserted streets. Only a few houses are still standing. A really creepy place - especially in the evenings and on Halloween.

Chernobyl - The ghost town of Pripyat in Ukraine

The gondolas of the ferris wheel are rusty, the individual cars of the bumper car are overgrown with grass. When the wind blows over the area, it crunches and groans from all directions. Empty houses with broken window panes, some of which have already collapsed, line the empty streets of the city. Every step, every movement reverberates. If you let your eyes wander over the scenery, decay and emptiness are the only things that can be admired there. That's the creepy description of the ghost town Pripyat near Chernobyl. Not exactly a dream destination for the next vacation. But you can still do tours here.

Pripyat was once built as a workers' town to accommodate the employees of theChernobyl nuclear power plant to offer a home. At a distance of around four kilometers from the reactor, it lies in the middle of the uninhabitable 30-kilometer zone. As onApril 26, 1986 with the meltdown of theGAU happened, the city closest to the power plant was only evacuated 36 hours after the accident. Since then they have had to be left to nature. It was too dangerous to let the residents return to their contaminated houses. In the meantime, a few residents have returned to their old places, but most of them avoid the area widely. Only visitors are welcome here for guided tours - you can Book multi-day tours on the premises.

Witching hour on the Queen Mary

Around the magnificent Passenger ship RMS Queen Mary there are some gruesome stories. A good 150 ghosts are said to have haunted around here and have driven more than 40 people to their deaths on the Queen Mary since the ship was built. So it's no wonder that many myths are gathering around the sister ship of the similarly unfortunate Titanic.

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If you don't dare to spend a night in the Queen Mary, you can alternatively take part in tours or book special horror events that tell the story of the passenger ship.

Aside from the pools that are not used today, ghosts have allegedly been sighted again and again. Room B340 has not been rented to guests for some time. The incidents in this room are too unusual. Water flows out of the pipes without turning on the faucets, the duvet covers are suddenly no longer in place. The ship that operated from 1936 to 1967 is now a Hotel in Long Beach, California. So if you want to go looking for paranormal activity, you can do so without any problems. If you are not yet convinced, you should take part in one of the scary tours that lead into the depths of the enormous ship and reveal more secrets than a normal hotel visitor can ever see.

Beelitz-Heilstätten near Potsdam

The doors of the Beelitz-Heilstätten are boarded up, the wind whistles through the windows. The 140 hectare site, which once served as a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients in Berlin, is empty today and is now one of the scariest places in the world. Time and again, amateur photographers roam the sanatorium's grounds with their cameras, looking for a perfect motif. The dilapidated halls and the impressive architecture are eerie even by day - you feel at night like in a horror movie. Staying without a permit is prohibited and entry will be punished with a report. This does not prevent youth groups and danger seekers from illegally celebrating secret parties on Halloween and looking for a special thrill in the former hospital buildings. Those who are not so adventurous can take a look at the Beelitz Heilstätten from above on the Baumkronenweg or take part in an official guided tour.

Discovery Island in Disney World

Disney World in Florida is THE holiday destination for families, here you can be really close to your idols and immerse yourself in the stories of Mickey and Co. But this park has a dark secret:Discovery Island. Have you heard of this island? Discovery Island was the zoo in Disney World for a long time, here visitors could admire numerous exotic animals. But there were dark clouds over the island, because there were always rumors that animals were not treated appropriately on this island. An investigation uncovered 16 cases of severe animal cruelty, Disney had to pay a fine of 95,000 dollars, the visitors stayed away because of the negative headlines and so it was decided in 1999 to close the island to visitors.

... the atmosphere there is said to be cruel.

Now they are playing on the once so busy islandbizarre scenes off, from far away you can see at night that the light is on on the island, although no one has set foot on Discovery Island for years. Nature has taken back its habitat and so the bird cages, which housed rare bird species in the island's heyday, are gradually falling into disrepair. The island is said to be a cursed place, alligators now live in the lake and the water park on the island at that time is said to be contaminated by bacteria. Visitors who sneaked into the island clandestinely and illegally tell that one strange noises and cries of birds hears on the island that the atmosphere there is supposed to be cruel, just like what happened on the island back then.

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Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana

The bears the title of one of the most haunted houses in the USA Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana. The reason for this is a photo from 1992. It shows two buildings, the General’s Store and the Butler’s Pantry. Between the buildings you can see a figure leaning against the wall with folded arms. The more people looked at the photo, the more theories spun about the ghost of a slave girl who happened to be captured on canvas that day. It was precisely the fact that the horizontal boards can also be seen through the figure on the wall that sparked discussion.

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As is typical for America, the Myrtles Plantation can now also be booked for a hotel stay or a tour. How about a little Halloween scary action?

Generally the slave girl is believed to be Chloe, the boy Mistress of the plantation owner, who poisoned the daughter and wife of the owner out of jealousy. Actually she had only wanted to make them both sick and then miraculously save them, but both died. Fearing the man's revenge, the other slaves hung Chloe from a tree, and then threw her body into the Mississippi. The area around the tree, in the branches of which the girl is said to have hung, is still particularly impressive in the sunshine.

Isla de las Muñecas doll island in Mexico

South of the Mexican capital Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world, horror fans will find an island that gives every visitor goose bumps. It is actually intended as a retreat for tourists Island of the Dollswho have favourited Isla des las Muñecas, today a creepy hotspot for those looking for thrills and excitement. According to legend, a young girl drowned under mysterious circumstances on the island. The administrator of the island, Don Julian Santana Barrera, was still trying to save the child - but any help came too late. A short time later he found a doll in the water near the island and hung it in the trees. Over the years, more and more creepy-looking and scary dolls have been added to various trees and bushes.

Don Julian died in 2001 - he drowned on his island. Since then, the island has been a popular place for everyone looking for a thrill. Even in broad daylight, the place bristling with frightening dolls with soulless eyes is awesome to look at - but in the dark it gets a bit harder. Then whispers and movements should be both heard and recognized.

Suicide Forest Aokigahara Forest in Japan

The perfect place to die is said to be at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan. In the middle of the Japanese forests inAokigahara Forest up to 78 people commit suicide each year. A novel from the 1960s is said to be responsible for the steadily rising suicide rate. In the novel Kuroi Jukai, two of the protagonists end their lives precisely in this dense and opaque forest.

Since then, crowds of those tired of life have made the pilgrimage to the foot of Mount Fuji. Or maybe they just want that fabled and mysterious place take a closer look and get lost in the vastness of the forest. The Japanese government cannot do anything and is putting up signs appealing to the common sense of those who visit the forest. Here you can read things like “Life is a precious gift that your parents gave you” or “Please contact the police if you wish to die”. In the parking lot at the edge of the forest there are some abandoned cars whose owners have gone into the forest and never come out. A scary place ...

Craco ghost village in Italy

Italy is known for its beautiful old villages and towns that enchant every visitor. For example, walking through the old streets and alleys of Siena makes you feel like you are in a wonderful dream. Laundry hangs out of the windows and residents gesticulate loudly as they greet the postman and talk about the weather.

These typical street scenes are in southern Italian Craco in the past several decades. Between 1959 and 1972, several devastating earthquakes caused the city to be almost completely destroyed. Many of the residents looked for a new home, making the village a popular one with dilapidated buildings, deserted streets and scattered remnants of the residents Target for ghost huntersdo. Goosebumps are inevitable here, especially at night.

The abandoned Spreepark in Berlin

In the idyllic Plänterwald in Berlin is one of the scariest places in the world. The Spreepark was once the showcase project of the GDR and was supposed to give the residents of East Berlin and the surrounding area days full of fun and joy. There is not much left of it today, as the park has been fallow for 16 years. Nature is taking back its place and many of the former attractions are already overgrown with ivy and weeds.

Visitors with cameras climb over old dinosaurs and up to the disused roller coasters. The photos that are taken here look eerily beautiful and when you click through the pictures, you can already imagine what it might look like here in the dark. Then the ferris wheel squeaks in the wind and the animals rustle in the undergrowth. You are really just waiting for one of the roller coasters to suddenly slide over the rails again. There is a security service that patrols the park and ensures law and order. Nevertheless, especially in the evenings, a lot of people sneak into the premises without permission, who then have to be driven away. There are even guided tours during the summer months that you can take part in - but these take place during the day.

There are plans to bring the park back to life in 2021 and make it a place of culture where Berliners and Berlin visitors can meet and linger. You can find more information here.

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