The most terrifying sights in the world

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few would dare to go

There are some places where even the bravest and most hardened people will not want to go. Places of bloody tragedies, murders, supernatural phenomena or simply very creepy incidents that give chills even to the most desperate.

If you are one of those people who has a strange fascination with visiting haunted houses and creepy places, then you will definitely enjoy this post! This list compiles 25 of the scariest places that exist on our planet, and faint-hearted people should avoid them at all costs!

From the terrifying “Suicide Forest” in Japan and the haunted Lip Castle in Ireland to the creepy voodoo market in Togo and the gruesome Italian catacombs (with mummies dressed as if they were alive), all the places on today’s list are like a nightmare dream!

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

25. Hashima Island, Japan Once home to over 5,000 people, Hashima Island is now an abandoned and spooky place nearly 19 kilometers from Nagasaki City in southern Japan.

The island was used as a mining operation, but after coal mining ended, all the inhabitants soon left the place, leaving it at the mercy of nature.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

24. Lake Natron, Tanzania Located in northern Tanzania, Lake Natron is famous for its extremely high salt content, extremely high alkalinity and killer temperatures of up to 60°C.

There are only a few animal species that have managed to adapt to this harsh environment, but if any other animal touches the water, it will burn its skin and kill it. Then deposits of carbon dioxide will immortalize the body, turning it into a veritable mummy.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

23. Catacombs of Paris, France

They are called the “Empire of the Dead”. Catacombs of Paris are some of the largest and most terrible catacombs in the world. With a total length of nearly 200 kilometers, they contain, according to some estimates, the remains of nearly 6 million people.

Over the years, many people have been lost and died in this extremely complex and extensive system of tunnels and caves.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

22. Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland Located near the city of Auschwitz in southern Poland, the Nazi concentration camp is the site of the deaths of at least 1.1 million people (mostly Jews).

Living conditions at the camp were extremely brutal and many of those who did not die in the gas chambers died from starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, execution, or inhumane medical experiments.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

21. Museum Vrolik, Netherlands Located in Amsterdam, on the campus of the University of Amsterdam, the Vrolik Museum is one of the creepiest and scariest museums in the world.

Named after Willem Vrolik, a Dutch anatomist and pathologist, the museum houses various human anatomical anomalies in the form of bones, skulls, embryos and other body parts and plaster models showing various aspects of embryology, pathology and anatomy. Numerous examples of birth defects and medical anomalies collected over more than a century are preserved here.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

20. Beelitz Sanatorium, Germany Located in Beelitz, Brandenburg, in eastern Germany, the Beelitz Sanatorium was once the place where Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was treated.

Today this large healing complex of 60 buildings is in a derelict and dilapidated state. The dilapidated hospital with its graffiti-decorated walls evokes a stirringly eerie, post-apocalyptic atmosphere.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

19. Hill of Crosses, Lithuania About 12 kilometers north of the city of Siauliai in northern Lithuania, the Hill of Crosses is a unique Catholic pilgrimage site notable for its many crosses, crucifixes, statues of the Virgin Mary and stuffed animals.

The exact origin of the tradition of placing crosses on the hill is unknown, but it is believed that there are at least 250,000 crosses on the Hill of Crosses at present.

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Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

18. “Suicide Forest, Japan Officially called Aokigahara, the Suicide Forest grows at the foot of Mount Fujiyama in Japan. Historically associated with demons from Japanese mythology, the forest has such a dense arrangement of trees that it literally blocks the wind, making it an exceptionally quiet and eerie place.

Despite numerous signs urging people to reconsider their intentions, the forest – for whatever reason – has become a popular place for suicides. According to statistics, about 100 suicides are committed here every year.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

17. Chauchilla Cemetery, Peru Located 30 kilometers south of the city of Nazca in southwestern Peru, Chauchilla Cemetery is an ancient cemetery containing the remains of mummified pre-Hispanic people and archaeological artifacts.

Thanks to the exceptionally dry climate of the Peruvian desert, the unprotected corpses, dressed in embroidered cotton clothing, are remarkably well preserved.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

16. Leap Castle, Ireland Considered one of the most haunted castles in the world, Leap Castle has an unusually bloody history.

This 13th century castle was the site of a brutal fratricide murder and many people were also imprisoned and executed here. Therefore, the castle is said to be visited by many spirits of the dead, including a violent supernatural entity known as “Elemental” (“It”), most recognizable by the accompanying smell of rotting flesh and sulfur.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

15. Freeman Ranch, Texas, United States Freeman Ranch is an area of just over 14 km² of land located between the towns of San Marcos and Wimberley in Central Texas.

The active ranch is devoted to various areas of research, including forensic anthropology. Human remains are left there to rot in order to then study decomposition processes.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

14. Prypiat, Ukraine Located in northern Ukraine, Prypiat is the town where the Chernobyl accident occurred in April 1986. The accident, known as the worst nuclear power plant accident in human history, killed 31 people, but long-term effects such as cancer and physical disfigurement are still evident today.

Estimates vary widely, but some say the tragedy affected millions of people.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

13. The Stanley Hotel, Colorado, USA One of the world’s most famous haunted hotels, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, inspired Stephen King to write the cult bestseller The Shining.

While staying at the hotel, King lived in room 217, but the greatest ghost activity was said to be in room 478.

The hotel is supposedly haunted by the spirit of Flora Stanley, the owner’s wife, who liked to play the piano late at night. Her ghost is said to be seen very clearly.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

12: Tuol Sleng, Cambodia The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh is on the site of a former school that was converted by the Khmer Rouge into the infamous Security Prison 21.

Between 1975 and 1979 up to 20,000 people were imprisoned, tortured and killed here.

This gloomy museum attracts hundreds of tourists every day and houses pictures of prisoners, skulls and torture tools.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

Island of the Dolls, Mexico Located on Lake Teshuilo not far from Mexico City, Isla de los Dolls is the most spooky place in all of Mexico.

Legend has it that the island’s only resident, Don Julian Santana, found the body of a drowned girl in a canal. Haunted by her spirit, Santana began collecting dolls for her and continued to do so for many years until he drowned in the same waters.

Today, hundreds of gruesome, mutilated dolls with severed limbs and severed heads “decorate” this island.

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Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

10. “Door to Hell, Turkmenistan Also known as the “Fire Crater” or “Darwaza Crater,” Door to Hell is a natural gas field near the village of Darwaza. A sinkhole formed at the site of an underground cavern in 1971, turning into a gas crater.

Hoping it would only burn for a few days, geologists set fire to the gas to prevent the methane from spreading, but the crater has been burning continuously ever since.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

9. Snake Island, Brazil For those suffering from ophidiophobia (pathological fear of snakes), Snake Island is definitely the scariest place on Earth.

Located just off the coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil, this small 44.5-hectare island is home to more than 4,000 snakes, including venomous species that can “melt human flesh.”

According to some reports, you can find a snake in every square meter here.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

8. Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic Located in central Bohemia, the Sedlec Ossuary is a small Roman Catholic chapel located under the Cemetery Church of All Saints.

The chapel is famous for containing the skeletons of nearly 70,000 people whose remains have been artistically hung as decorations and furniture for the chapel. Because of its uniquely frightening interior and atmosphere, this creepy place has appeared in several horror movies.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

7. Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Kentucky, USA Formerly a treatment center for tuberculosis patients in the early 20th century, Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky, is considered one of the scariest and most haunted places in the United States.

Within the walls of this sanatorium 63,000 people have died. Many deaths are due to improper medical treatment or immoral experiments. The shadows and screams of ghosts can be seen and heard throughout the building.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

6. Catacombs of the Capuchins, Italy Located in the Sicilian city of Palermo in southern Italy, the Catacombs of the Capuchins are unique burial catacombs known for the fact that human remains are displayed like museum exhibits, dressed and mounted in normal lifetime human poses.

Holding some 8,000 corpses and 1,252 mummies within its walls, the catacombs have become a popular tourist attraction.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

5. Oradour-sur-Glane, France Located in west-central France, Oradour-sur-Glane is a small village that was the site of a horrific massacre carried out by the Nazis during World War II after rumors surfaced that a German officer had been captured.

As collective punishment, the villagers were gathered in the main square, and hundreds of people, including women and children, were killed by a horrific machine-gun burst.

Today, the site serves as a museum and permanent memorial to keep the atrocities that occurred during the German occupation of France in mind.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

4. Akodessewa Fetish Market, Togo Located in the capital city of Lome, Togo, Akodessewa Fetish Market is the largest amulet and voodoo market in the world.

One of the creepiest places in Africa, the market offers everything from leopard heads and human skulls to voodoo priests who bless, create amulets or predict the future and medicine that cures illnesses.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

3. Bran Castle, Romania One of the most terrifying castles in the world, Bran Castle is said to have once been the residence of Vlad III, the brutal Romanian ruler better known as Vlad Dracula or Vlad Tepes.

Infamous for impaling his enemies, he inspired Bram Stoker to write his famous Gothic horror novel, Dracula. However, the castle has another spooky element: in one of the castle’s chapels is a golden casket containing the heart of Queen Mary.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

2. Kolmanskop, Namibia Once a thriving diamond mining center, Kolmanskop is now a ghost town located in the Namib Desert in southern Namibia.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

After World War I, when the supply of diamonds dried up, the town began to decline until it was finally abandoned in 1954. Over time, nature took its toll and the desert took the town from man, creating one of the most sinister places in Africa. 1. Kabayan Mummy Caves, Philippines Discovered in Kabayan in Benguet province, Kabayan Mummy Caves are natural caves that contain the Fire Mummies.

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Dating back to 2000 BC, they are some of the best preserved mummies in the world. Mummification began shortly after the death of a person whose stomach was digested with a very salty drink. The corpse was then washed, placed in front of the fire in a seated position, and dried.

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There are dozens of museums with exhibits not for the faint of heart. The Kunstkammer, the Mütter Museum of Medical History in Philadelphia, and many others. The Vienna Museum of Pathology among them is the most famous, a true monument to pathologies, deformities, gene mutations and harsh medieval medicine. The second name of the museum is the Tower of Fools. The fact is that the museum is located in a former mental hospital, the lunatic asylum. The most hardened and cynical tourists who have traveled the world in search of a welcome dose of adrenaline, surely agree that this is really scary.

2. The Bone Storage Facility. Sedlec, Czech Republic.

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The plague has left no shortage of evidence of its ruthless activity. Several centuries ago quite a large part of Europe was transformed into one solid necropolis. When the next cemetery overflowed, bones had to be dug out of the ground and set up improvised warehouses. In many provincial European towns, the basements of chapels are still littered with the skulls of victims of the epidemic. The ossuary in Bohemia was a very special case; in the 18th century, the “medieval legacy” was dismantled with imagination and unquestionable cynicism. A renowned wood carver at the time created a marble interior design for Prince Schwarzenberg, which was entirely made up of bones. The walls of neatly stacked skulls make the greatest impression, but the coat of arms of the Schwarzenbergs, made from bones, will also leave few people indifferent.

3. Paris Catacombs, France.

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It would seem that Paris catacombs are a well-trodden tourist trail, no mystique and mystery should be left to chance. However, even before the tour begins Victor Hugo’s novels with their dungeons and oppressive atmosphere will come to mind. Catacombs pass under the whole of Paris, however, only a small part of them is open for excursions. The rest, day and night, is patrolled by the underground police, and not to protect the catacombs (nothing to steal there but bones), but to protect curious tourists. There are legends about ghosts, monsters, and blind madmen who haven’t seen the light for generations. Nonsense, isn’t it? Now tell me, why would a civilized country, in that case, spend a lot of money to maintain a special police service?

4. Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. Auschwitz, Poland.

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The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum was established on the grounds of the former Auschwitz death camp, where more than 4 million people were murdered. The entrance to the museum is through the famous gate, depicted in hundreds of war movies. Then there are the brick blocks where the prisoners were held. The displays, such as items taken by the Nazis from their victims, come as a real shock. In the neighboring camp Brzezinka there are no expositions, the condition of the camp has been left unchanged since the war.

5. Torture Museum. Mdina, Malta.

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There are many famous museums of torture – in Prague, The Hague, Amsterdam. But the most terrible museum is considered to be in the town of Mdina, which has a huge collection of guillotines, tweezers for pulling nails and other instruments of torture. Moreover, the use of the inquisitorial arsenal is clearly demonstrated by naturalistic, even too naturalistic, wax figures.

6. The Winchester House, San Jose, California.

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Many movies have been made about this house, hundreds of stories have been told. It was built by Sarah Winchester, heiress to a gun company. Because of terrible procrastination, or for some other reason, she went mad. The house is the product of her insane imagination. It is enormous and horrible; a healthy person simply cannot comprehend the intentions that guided the lady during her forty years of construction. The house is said to be full of ghosts and other evil things, but even if you don’t believe in poltergeist, Sarah Winchester’s madness is sure to impress.

7. Castle of Count Dracula. Transylvania, Romania.

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The medieval castle of the famous vampire stands on the edge of a precipice. Through cramped passageways, dark rooms and rumbling stone staircases you will pass into the bedroom, in which on a huge four-poster bed the vampire sucked the blood from his victims. But even if you’re not inclined to believe the stories about Dracula, the eerie reality is unlikely to make you happy. After all, this castle was home to one of the most monstrous men of the Middle Ages, Vlad the Impaler, who impaled more than a hundred innocent people. And you say fairy tales.

8. Gulag (General Directorate of Correctional Labor Camps, Labor Settlements and Detention Centers), Russia.

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During the twenty years of its existence millions of people passed through the Gulag. The camps were subjected to harsh conditions, elementary human rights were not respected, and harsh punishments were imposed for the slightest infringement of the regime. The death rate from starvation, disease and hard labor was extremely high. Even today one can see abandoned barracks, adits, punishment cells and warehouses with the prisoners’ clothes and shaved hair under the northern skies of Solovki.

9. Museum of Executions. Fontaine de Vaucluse, Paris.

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Another museum that is part of the pleiad of the world’s most terrifying museums. Its founder knows the subject firsthand – he himself served as an executioner for more than ten years. The museum contains instruments of executions of all times and peoples and if at first sight you find a huge guillotine the most horrible, I advise you to look closely – smaller, inconspicuous and harmless at first sight instruments can turn out much more horrible.

10. Death Valley, Tibet.

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This trail is off the well-known pilgrimage route around Mount Kailas. Death Valley field is strewn with bones – here they go to die yogis, go here for enlightenment, purification and acquiring the secret knowledge. But not everyone comes back in the same mental state as they went: it is believed that in the valley of death the soul passes a kind of judgment, and the sinful or meaningless life is ended here.

11. The Castle of Terror. London. England.

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Made very naturalistic, even the flavors are appropriate. Real historical events are depicted, such as a fire in London in 1666 or medieval torture chambers and instruments. Something is shown on visitors, to a certain extent, of course. One of the shows presents a 16th century trial. Somewhere overhead sit judges in wigs, a museum attendant extracts one by one the “defendants” from a group of tourists and seats them on a bench. “Name?” – “Dan.” “Where from?” – “Houston”-“Houston? America? – Guilty! (Guilty).”

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12. the Tower of the Insane, or the Museum of Pathology. Vienna. Austria.

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In the 18th century there was a madhouse in the tower on what is now Spitalgasse. Nowadays it is recommended to go up here either to the morbidly daring people or to the utterly cynical. There is an elegant mahogany gynecological chair, organs dried and gagged, dissected skulls and mummified heads of unlaw-abiding citizens, exhibits devoted to venereal diseases and cases of pathological enlargement of genitals… And yet it is a pity that the sculptural group of Laocoon with his sons, made of human and animal bones, was destroyed during the bombing.

13. Museum of the Souls of the Dead. Rome. Italy.

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In the sacristy of the church of Del Sacro Cuore those who wish can visit the small museum, which contains evidence of the presence of the souls of the dead on earth. To enter the museum, you must ask the local priest for permission. But it’s just a formality: they will almost certainly open the mysterious door and show you everything. The collection was begun in 1912 by the abbot of the church. Now there are hundreds of exhibits related to ghosts. There is, for example, a nightcap with smudged fingerprints. These are traces of the touch of the ghost of Louise Le Senechle. On May 7, 1873, the dead woman appeared under cover of night to his peacefully sleeping husband, several times painfully pinched his nose and vindictively pulled off his nightcap. This way, in the opinion of the widower, who sometimes allows himself liberties, she reminded him of the need to observe mourning… Except that no one has yet managed to show the pictures of the exhibits.

14. The “Prisoner’s Gate”, aka “Museum of Torture”. The Hague. Netherlands.

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Amsterdam Museum of Torture is much better known than the Hague. However, the most terrifying exhibit is right here, in the political capital of the Netherlands. On the central lively square of The Hague Bau-Tenhof is a gloomy ancient casemate (13th century), where criminals from all over the kingdom were brought for tortures. Here you can see the working tools of the executioners. If you don’t faint with horror the first minute you walk into it, which can happen here, your museum guide will explain to you in great detail how they used it.

15. Museum of Devils. Kaunas. Lithuania.

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The only museum in the world in which the exclamation “A thousand devils!” would be appropriate. About that many devils, devils, devils and devils are collected here. The museum was created in 1966 on the basis of personal collection of professor A. Žmuidzinavicius. By 1991, 1742 exhibits were collected. Worms made of ceramics, wood, metal, leather, plastic and other, sometimes the most exotic materials were brought to Kaunas from 23 countries. The collection is constantly expanding. Today Kaunas has the largest representation of evil spirits in the world.

16. Elmina Castle. Cape Coast. Ghana.

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European fortress of the XV century, one of the centers of the slave trade, is a real monument of white guilt to the population of the black continent. Such buildings on the coast of Ghana are found approximately every 15 kilometers. A stuffy casemate, a tiny window under the ceiling, through which light streams, shackles, a narrow break in the wall – the “Gate of No Return,” the exit to the loading. The most eerie sight is the stone well where people have been waiting to be shipped out for months.

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