Ghost encounters in hotels are especially plentiful in Europe. We give you a rundown of the best places for ghost hunting, in case you’re in the mood for haunted hotels and travel experiences this Halloween.
In Europe, every other building is at least 300 years old and countless people have lived, died – and even been murdered – within their walls.
A FAMOUS PERSON DIED HERE
Lots of buildings in France and England even have plaques on their walls saying something like “XXX died here in XXX,” when a famous person is known to have died in that house.
It’s very interesting from a historical viewpoint, but certainly not quite ideal, if you’re wary of ghosts.
SOME OF EUROPE’S
MOST HAUNTED HOTELS
Here are some of the most haunted hotels in Europe, by the way, just in case you’re headed over there and in the mood for a couple of paranormal sightings.
Chateau de Brissac
Hotel Burg Reichentstein
GHOSTS IN THE CORRIDORS
IN BORDEAUX, FRANCE
My cousin, who claims to have a third eye that enables her to see spirits, recently recalled checking into a chateau-hotel in Bordeaux, France.
She said she saw images of people from the past all along the hotel corridor, as she was walking to her room.
“They all looked pale and were lined up against the wall expressionless,” she told me. And this is what I said to her after she told me this: “If we ever travel together somewhere, and you see a ghost in one of our hotels, please don’t tell me about it.“
Scroll down to read about some of the scariest hotel rooms in the world…
PRETTY NORMAL IN EUROPE
However, ghost sightings are quite normal in Europe. Most Europeans I’ve spoken to don’t seem to care much about having to live with spirits long gone.
They even put up patiently with the idiosyncrasies of the ghosts – taking everything in with an amused air.
Perhaps banging doors and footsteps on the second floor are as much a part of their lives as cable television and the internet.
Many years ago, I checked into a small hotel in Innsbruck, Austria which had all its walls painted black.
The somber atmosphere should have foretold of eerie occurrences.
However, I naively chalked this up to a taste for the avant-garde and a penchant for dark colors.
In the middle of the night, however, the radio began blaring at full blast. Startled out of my sleep, I immediately shut it off.
Later, amidst the fog of a waking dream, it came on again. The skeptical might attribute this to faulty wiring but who really knows? And why did the radio only turn on at midnight?
SUFFOCATING AT MIDNIGHT
Another summer, I was staying alone at one of Venice’s top hotels and very much enjoying a room filled with antiques and facing the Grand Canal.
However, again, in the middle of the night, I awoke with a jolt, feeling incredibly hot and suffocated.
I automatically assumed it was the air conditioning and so I called the front desk to complain.
The night clerk arrived within minutes, white as a sheet. Without explanation, he moved me to another room where I promptly resumed a comfortable rest.
A GHOST IN MY ROOM IN VENICE
I thought it odd that he hadn’t even bothered to check the room’s cooling system, but soon forgot about this.
I stayed on for a few more days, walking around Venice and making the rounds of my favorite shops. I even spent a day at the Lido, hanging around a beach.
Later, I found out from one of the young men at the concierge desk – who I bumped into at a pizzeria one evening – that my first hotel room was known to be haunted, and that guests often complained feeling suffocated while sleeping there.
That’s why the night clerk looked like he’d literally seen a ghost…
BRITAIN IS FULL OF GHOSTS
Interestingly, the United Kingdom (UK) seems to have more ghostly encounters compared to the rest of Europe.
Major tourist destinations like London, Edinburgh, and St. Andrews all feature very popular ghost tours.
And, while many of these tours are purely for fun. I did the St. Andrews ghost tour one evening, for instance, and there was absolutely nothing scary about it.
In fact, it was so un-scary (even if St. Andrews can be a rather somber town, especially on a dark and overcast day) that the organisers had to rustle up a fake ghost to appear before its clients. A man in a ghost costume surprised us at the end of the tour.
Nevertheless, some tours are just not for the faint-hearted.
THE EDINBURGH GHOST TOUR
I once joined an Edinburgh ghost tour that took in many locations with gory and violent pasts. It took us to Mary’s Close, an underground attraction that is reportedly among Edinburgh’s most haunted places.
Then it terminated in a local cemetery well-known for apparitions. I had to leave midway because of a terribly uneasy feeling. Apparently, not a few participants experience this, and some even start shaking all over.