Top 15 Scariest Places in the World
Everyone imagines the perfect holiday as endless beaches, crystal clear water and amazing landscapes overlooked from luxurious hotel room. However, sometimes having a bit more adventure is something some people are seeking and in order to help you discover some more interesting places to spend a day (or longer), we provide you with a quick guide to some of the scariest yet exciting and interesting places in the world. Without further ado, let’s start with exploring these spooky places in the world surrounded by frightening stories and legends and don’t forget – life is not fun without a good scare!
Gates of Hell, Turkmenistan
Imagine a field of natural gas that the Soviet engineers used to try to burn in 1971 – this is the Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan! Back to this day in 1971 and right to nowadays, the place does not stop burning and there is no hope that the fires will ever come down and stop. People in Turkmenistan often joke that when Satan comes to the Earth, this is the first place he will visit.
Island of the Dolls, Mexico
Many years back, this little island close to Mexico City used to be inhabited by the eremite Don Julian Santana Barrera, who find out a number of dolls in the garbage and he decides to spread them around the island to calm down the spirit of a girl that once drowned there. It turns out that Don Julian soon dies from a heart stroke, very close to the place, where the girl died and where the dolls were found out. After the death of Julian, the island becomes a tourist attraction and visitors bring more dolls.
Years back this Ukrainian town used to be habituated by more than 50 000 people. However, all of the people are evacuated in order to minimize the consequences of the nuclear Apocalypse in Chernobyl. Today Pripyat is a ghost town and the only people ever visiting it are small groups of tourists every now and then.
Capela dos Ossos (Bone Chapel), Evora, Portugal
This spiritual place was built by a monk in the 15th century and the most curious and scariest thing about it is that the Chapel is decorated with the skulls and bones of more than 5000 monks. If this is not scary enough for you, think of the two bodies hanging from the ceiling of the Chapel… and one of the bodies is a child’s one.
Grand Hotel Prishtina, Kosovo
In fact, there is nothing “grand” and amazing about this scary hotel in the capital of Kosovo. Prior to the Kosovo War of 1999 the hotel was owned by the Yugoslav government. The place is associated with the brutal Balkan War in the 90s, when Serbian rebels use the hotel as a place for torture and killings of prisoners.
Catacombs of Paris, France
A large network of tunnels under one of the most romantic and beautiful European capitals, there is nothing glamorous about the Catacombs of Paris. The whole tunnel network is more than 200 miles long and it is a home to more than 6 million dead bodies. Some parts of the catacombs are open for visitors and work as a museum.
Aokigahara (The Suicide Forest), Japan
Officially called Aokigahara or Sea of Trees, this Japanese forest is more popular as The Suicide Forest to the locals. Although the place is recognized for its extreme natural beauty, approximately close to the Fuji Mountain, no one visits the forest to enjoy the nature anymore, because it is known to be the last place of peace for thousands of people. For the past 60 years more than 100 people commit suicide in the forest per year. This is a very serious problem for the Japanese government, but the authority still does not handle the situation and come up with a solution.
Hanging Coffins, The Philippines
Local tribes in the Philippines have one rather quirky and strange tradition – they hang the dead bodies in coffins from the mountain with the hope that way the dead souls will be closer to heaven.
Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague
This Jewish cemetery is more than 600 years old and a home to more than 12 000 graves. Although it is in no way any different than other cemeteries, the setting of thousands of ancient gravestones is certainly a pretty frightening and scary one.
Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, Los Angeles
This hotel is certainly very emblematic of the glamorous Hollywood years. However, what makes it even more interesting and exciting for the visitors is the fact that it is considered that the hotel building is haunted by the ghost of Marilyn Monroe and that the spirit still visits her favourite hotel room – Number 1200.
A second scary place in our frightening top for Japan. This little Japanese island is habituated by no more than a hundred of fishermen, however, it is more popular with its other inhabitants – cats. Hundreds of wild cats living on the island give its name – The Island of the Cats. Although this might sound like nothing scary and even an amazing destination for cat lovers, if you are more of a dog person, you will find it rather intimidating visiting such a small piece of land that is a home for so many not domesticated cats.
Ilha da Queimada Grande, Brazil
It is time to mention yet another small and remote island, but this one if located in Brazil and it is inhabited by far scarier tenants! This small piece of land is a home to more than 4000 snakes and it is the only place in the world where some of the most poisonous and dangerous snake species live and could be found. In fact, the only group of people that are brave enough to visit and walk around the island are the zoologists.
House of the Bulgarian Communist Party, Bulgaria
Surrounded by the beautiful peaks of Balkan Mountains in Bulgaria, this place is an abandoned monument to remind of the Eastern block and the ex-residence of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The place looks a lot like a crashed UFO ship now, when it is completely abandoned and hardly ever visited by big tourist groups.
Estes Park, Colorado
Paranormal activity is reported to be found in this abandoned place in Colorado in the beginning of the 70s. In fact, even Stephen King spends only a night in this abandoned place and he is inspired by Estes Park to write his novel “The Shining”.
The Poisonous Garden, Alnwick, England
This is one infamous garden that no one actually would like to have a walk through, because plants and flowers there could actually kill people. Despite the fact that in 2005 the garden becomes a tourist attraction, the plants and flowers in Alnwick Garden are extremely poisonous and they are grown for educational purposes.