Scariest places in the world are now called “horror tours”. It’s fun to be scared and at the same feel free to visit there as you are absolutely in no danger!
1. The Winchester House (San Jose, USA)
The huge Winchester Mansion, built in San Jose, has 160 rooms and 40 staircases.
Sarah Winchester, who was widowed early and inherited a multi-million dollar fortune from her husband, lived in the house for almost 40 years.
One night she saw the ghost of her late husband, he told her sad news: since a huge fortune was earned on human bones, the whole family Winchester is now cursed, and the ghosts will take revenge on them. The only way to placate them is to start building a large manor. But there’s one condition, as soon as the clatter of the hammers stops, the mistress of the house dies. Sarah Winchester immediately begins construction.
All the floors were braided with a web of stairs leading nowhere, the way in which a frightened Mrs. Winchester tried to escape the ghosts that haunted her.
The windows in the Winchester house are striking with their gloomy frames and futuristic stained-glass windows.
The manor house grew faster by the day, with construction never stopping and lasting for over 38 years!
Today the Winchester House is open to tourists. However, don’t be put off by the group, as you could instantly get lost in the maze of rooms and corridors where ghosts are rumoured to be waiting for their victims.
2. Torture Museum in Mdina, Malta
The museum is located in Mdina, the ancient capital of Malta.
Nowadays, life in the town has virtually come to a standstill; there are hardly any people on the streets of Mdina.
In the museum one can see a wax figure with gaping eyes in pain as hot oil is poured down his throat. Tourists are also shown the scene of his tongue being torn out.
The brave sightseers are followed relentlessly by a hunchbacked overseer – it adds colour to the spooky place.
3. the Manchac Swamps (USA, Louisiana)
One of the creepiest places on the planet is the Manchac Swamps.
Tourists are taken on trips to the swamps at night for added spookiness. Travellers travel through the swamp in an Indian canoe with only a torch to light their way. The only inhabitants of the swamps are huge alligators.
The only inhabitants of the swamps are huge alligators.
Legend has it that the Manchac Swamp was cursed by a voodoo queen who was captured there in the early 20th century. She is said to have been responsible for a storm that swept through the area in 1915, completely destroying three villages and leaving them impregnable in a swamp. Beneath the muddy sludge is a cemetery of hundreds of people and pets that surface periodically. The corpses become food for the local alligators, who also keep a close eye on tourists passing by in their boats.
4. Pripyat (Ukraine)
After the Chernobyl disaster, the town of Pripyat became extinct and a real ghost town.
The city’s central avenues are lined with newspaper scraps dating back to 1986, with the wind whistling through broken windows of hospitals, kindergartens and schools.
The abandoned kindergarten is an eerie sight. Children’s laughter can be heard in the empty room.
Nearby, in a city park, a huge Ferris wheel squeaks softly, and rusty cars stand on an overgrown racetrack that never got to take their little passengers for a ride.
By the way, there are huge mutant catfish living in the bypass channel cooling the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which the plant workers feed with bread.
Despite the dead landscape, abandoned houses and high radiation levels, more and more tourists from all over the world want to see this frozen city with their own eyes.
It is best to go to Pripyat in autumn, as this is when the abandonment of the city is felt most keenly.
5. Catacombs of Paris (France)
The catacombs of Paris are one of the most mysterious and sinister places in the world.
Rounding out the list of the world’s scariest tourist spots is a gloomy underground labyrinth nestled in the catacombs of Paris.
The labyrinth is about 300 kilometres long.
An estimated 6 million people are buried in the catacombs in Paris.