The world is a terrifying place. Even the most rudimentary glance at the news will tell you that much, and that's without taking all the ghouls and ghosts into account. Spirits inhabit every corner of the planet, lost between this world and the next, searching for peace, serenity, or maybe just some living people to scare (we don’t want to second guess the motives of ghosts, after all).
The most haunted places in the world are a spine-tingling mixture of classic spooky spots and some less predictable points, from old hospitals and mansions to mountain pubs and abandoned villages. Spooky season celebrations are well underway, but these chilling cemeteries and frightening fortresses can make the fear all too real. Footsteps? Whispers? The sobs of long-dead widows? We don’t know what you are talking about…
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John Bills is a writer for Time Out Travel. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. This guide includes affiliate links, which have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.