There are many holiday destinations that are the top of everyone’s vacation list. The Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China and of course, Disneyland!
However, there are some places that are not only off the beaten path, but are so far off of the path that only the most daring, or the most foolish would dare to travel. There are many places on this earth that or not just scary, but downright terrifying. From creepy castles to forests of death, here are the top ten most terrifying places in the world…
Leap Castle, Ireland
In the bowels of County Offaly, lies Leap Castle, the most haunted castle in all of Ireland, some even considered it to be the worst in all of Europe. Built during the 13th Century by the O’Bannons, however, during the 1500s it became home to their ruling clan, the O’Carrolls, and this is where the bloodshed started.
In 1532, Mulrooney O’Carroll, the chieftain died, a bitter fight arose regarding succession. This resulted in one son literally stabbing his brother in the back, who was a priest, during Sunday mass in the castle chapel. Father Thaddeus O’Carroll fell atop the alter and died in front of his family. From then on it was known as the Bloody Chapel.
During renovations in, 1922 an oubliette was discovered in a secret dungeon, concealed behind a wall in the Bloody Chapel. Workmen discovered skeleton upon skeleton skewered on wooden spikes below the trap door. It took three cart loads to remove the human remains.
It has been said that the ghosts of all those massacred within its walls, still roam the grounds to this day.
The Island of Dolls, Mexico
The Isla de las Muñecas (Island of Dolls) is a floating garden found in Xochimico, Mexico City.
The caretaker of the floating garden, Don Julien Santana Barrera found a young girl, drowned in the canals, later he found a doll floating in the water and hung it up on a tree as a sign of respect and remembrance to the little girl.
Alas, her spirit was not appeased, or so Senior Barrera thought, so over the next fifty years he strung up doll after doll, until thousands, some even missing body parts, covered the island.
In 2001, his body was found floating in the canals, reportedly in the same spot where the girl had been discovered some 50 years prior. Some people say that her ghost still haunts the island, legend says the dolls whisper to one another and try to lure visitors onto the island to join them.
The Aokigahara Forest, Japan
The Aokigahara forest, also known as the Suicide Forest, and the Sea of Trees, is a dense woodland area northwest of Mount Fuji. It happens to be the world’s most popular suicide destination, although statistics vary, it has been claimed that between 30 and 100 people take their own lives there each year.
The forest itself is so thick with trees and foliage that some bodies take years to be discovered. Police and volunteers conduct annual body searches in order to return the remains, so that they may have proper burials.
Many believe the forest to be haunted by Yurei, spirits of those who passes there, who try to lure the sad and lonely into the dense, dark Sea of Trees, encouraging them to end their lives.
Skull Chapel, Poland
St. Bartholemew’s Church in Czermna, Poland, was constructed in 1776. The Skull Chapel, or Kaplic Czaszek, is a mass grave for casualties of war and disease.
Inspired by the Capuchin cemetery in Italy, the bones of 3,000 people adorn the walls and decorate the ceiling of this little baroque church. The bones are displayed in a variety of patterns, including the skull and crossbones symbol that one would see upon a pirate flag.
Creepier still, the local priest Tomaszek and his gravedigger, spent 18 years collecting, cleaning and displaying the remains, with 21,000 more stuffed in the 16 foot deep crypt below the church.
Overtoun Bridge, Scotland
Overtoun Bridge in Milton, Scotland is otherwise known as the Dog Suicide Bridge. The bridge itself is over a century old and is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Overtoun, who compels those to jump off of the structure.
Over the years nearly 600 dogs have leapt from the bridge, with 50 of those resulting in the deaths of the animals. The bridge has not only taken the lives of man’s best friend, but that of man itself.
Many people have taken their lives by leaping off of that very same bridge, with one man going so far as to throw his two week old son to his death, believing him to be the antichrist, before attempting to take his own life.
Snake Island, Brazil
The Ilha da Queimada Grande in Brazil, is not the kind of place that that Indiana Jones would ever want to go on vacation. Entry to the island is completely prohibited by the Brazilian Navy and the only way to even get close to the island is with their consent.
The island is not just inhabited by snakes, but is covered in them, with anywhere between one and five snakes per meter. Which means that no matter where you stand on Snake Island, you are never more than three feet away from death.
The island just so happens to be the home of the golden lancehead, which are a unique and extremely poisonous species of viper. These venomous snakes are the cause of 90% of snake bites in Brazil.
There are legends, tales of how the snakes attacked a banana farmer, biting him as he escaped the island, only to die within minutes of fleeing, his boat washed upon the shore, his corpse laying in a pool of his own blood. This story is one of many, warding those of the dangers of the island.
The Veijo Rönkkönen Sculpture Garden, Finland
The Sculpture Garden, or Sculpture Park, of Veijo Rönkkönen in Finland, is the stuff of nightmares. Veijo is an artist and the near-hermit created over 400 concrete statues, with 200 said to be self portraits.
The statues, many of which are in a variety of yoga poses, are strewn across the garden and even the path that leads up to it. The hollow-eyed, grinning figures have a little something that adds to the eeriness of it all. Their mouths are filled with real human teeth.
The garden is a popular attraction, as Veijo Rönkkönen allows visitors to see it for free, however he does make each and every one sign a guestbook before they leave. No-one knows why.
The Gomantong Caves, Malaysia
The Gomantong Caves in Borneo, Malaysia are exceptionally terrifying for someone with a fear of rodents or insects. The caves are filled with bats, their guavo, or feaces lines not only the ground and some of the walls, but the handrails too.
The guavo brings with it, worse still, cockroaches, thousands and thousands of cockroaches scurry across the excrement laden floor.
Once the bats and cockroaches have been braved, there are still scorpions, scutigera centipedes, crabs and snakes to contend with.
The Beelitz Heilstätten Hospital, Germany
The Beelitz Heilstatten Hospital is an abandoned building, and unlike many other abandoned buildings it has a history worthy of its creepy aesthetic. Between 1898 and 1930 the hospital served as a sanitorium for tuberculosis and many other lung conditions.
During the First World War it was one of the first complexes to treat Mustard Gas, it also treated a then wounded Adolf Hitler. During the World War Two it housed Nazi soldiers, before being run by the Soviets until the fall of the Berlin Wall.
There are stories about what happened there, reportedly the souls of the soldiers who died there, and the infirm left to die, whisper and taunt all who dare to enter.
The Mines of Paris, France
During the 18th Century mass graves were overflowing in Paris, France. The mines are often confused with the catacombs of Paris, however the catacombs are only a portion of the mines. The catacombs themselves are filled with the bones of over 6 million people.
The maze of tunnels run for over 370 miles underneath the city of Paris. Without a guide, anyone who enters is doomed to get lost in the underground. Even after so many years, no-one has not managed to map out the tunnels.
Apart from getting lost inside the tunnels, there are added dangers, an unknown number of them are decaying, several have flooded. Some of the hallways are so small, that the only way through is to crawl on your hands and knees through the dirty mines. There are pits that drop hundreds of meters, with secret entrances towering above, inaccessible to those exploring below.
The Nazis even set up a bunker within the catacombs. They were never discovered by the resistance. The underground tunnels absorb sound, meaning that if someone was trapped beneath the City, no-one would hear their cries for help.