If you’re on the look out for a different kind of travel destination, have we got a list for you! Here are 6 of the spookiest travel destinations around the world.
These places will scare you silly and haunt your dreams for a very long time.. You have been warned!
Battleship Island: Nagasaki, Japan
Hashima Island, also known as Gunkanjima (“Battleship Island”), is a small island situated approximately 9 miles off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan. Once a thriving home to over 5000 coalmine workers and their families in the 1950’s, the island has sat deserted since the coal mine was shut down and island abandoned in 1974.
With its crumbling buildings and discarded belongings from the people who abandoned the island in a hurry, Hashima Island is now an eerie ghost town in the middle of the sea, and a reminder of how quickly society can crumble.
Isla de las Munecas – Island of the Dolls
Just south of Mexico City is Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls) where it is said that Don Julian Santana Barrera, former caretaker who inhabited the island for over 50 years, once found a little girl floating in the river. He was unable to save her and not long after also found a doll floating down the river. Possibly believing it was hers, he hung the doll from a tree in her honour.
It seems the spirit of the girl haunted Julian, as in an attempt to please her he continued to hang dolls from the trees and to this day there are hundreds of headless, limbless, ragged dolls dangling from the trees on the island.
Urban legend says the dolls move their arms and heads, following you with their eyes (if they have any), and many witnesses attest they have heard the dolls whispering to each other…
Julian was found dead in the same spot he found the little girl in 2001.
Being terrified of cabbage patch dolls as a kid and totally freaked out by the Chucky movies growing up, I am both terrified of and strangely compelled to visit Isla de las Munecas.
Abandoned Six Flags Amusement Park
Six Flags Amusement Park (Jazzland from 2000-2002), New Orleans was mostly destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Submerged under 4-7ft of murky floodwater for over a month, as the waters subsided what remained was a post-apocalypitc scene right out of The Walking Dead – minus the zombies. Remnants of corroding rides, fading signs, decapitated clown heads and crumpling mermaids are some of what remains, with the only inhabitants being live alligators. It is said you can hear faint laughter and joyful screams in the distance.
Entry to the abandoned park is illegal, therefore enter at your own risk.
The Sedlec Ossuary – The Church of Bones
Situated in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, The Sedlec Ossuary is otherwise known as the The Church of Bones.
It isn’t until you venture inside the small, unsuspecting church where you are met with decorative skeletons of around 40,000 people, including 2 bone chalices and a bone chandelier consisting of at least one of every human bone.
It was in the 13th century when Abbot Henry, then abbot of the Sedlec Monastery, ventured on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Grave of the Lord. On returning, he brought with him a handful of soil from the holy land of which he scattered across the cemetery, securing it as the place where everyone wanted to be buried.
Quickly running out of room, the bodies were moved to a crypt to make room for the newly deceased whose bones lay stagnant up until 1870 when Frantisek Rindt, a local woodcarver, was tasked with arranging them ‘artistically’, and thus we have the bone chandelier and other macabre pieces of ‘art’.
Hoia Baciu Forest – the World’s Most Haunted Forest
The World’s Most Haunted Forest, situated near Cluj-Napoca, Romania, is named after a shepherd who disappeared from the area with a flock of two hundred sheep.
Thought to be haunted by the ghosts of murdered Romanian peasants, the forest is renowned for unexplained events and paranormal activity. With abnormally shaped trees and bizarre vegetation, some even believe the Hoia Baciu Forest is a portal to another universe.
Visitors to the World’s Most Haunted Forest have reported ghost and UFO sightings, malfunctioning electronic devices, and the appearance of faces in photographs, as well as the feeling of being watched, hearing mysterious giggling, and leaving the forest with unexplained scratches over their bodies. And then there are the stories of missing time and missing people, most famously the 5-year-old girl who got lost in the woods only to emerge 5 years later without any memory of what had happened and wearing the same clothes she had gone missing in…
It is said that those who visit the forest never return home.
City of the Dead – North Ossetia, Russia
The mysterious village of Dargavs, otherwise known as the City of the Dead, lies in a deserted valley in North Ossetia, Russia.
Legend has it, a plague swept through Ossetia in the 18th century. Houses were built into the hillside for sick family members who lived there until their deaths, in which those houses became crypts to them and their belongings.
As the journey to the City of the Dead involves a three-hour drive along dangerous, winding, and hidden roads, make sure you pack supplies and fill up on petrol, just to be safe…
Local legend also says that those who visit the city never return…