Do you find yourself searching for mysterious and haunted places to travel to that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up? I know I can’t be the only one! I’ve rounded up 10 Haunted Places in the World to add to your travel list.

1. The Island of the Dead Dolls (Isla de las Muñecas)

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First on our list of Haunted Places in the World, is an entire island taken over by dolls… yikes!

The Island of the Dead Dolls is located in between the canals of Xochimilco, just south of Mexico City.

The story is grim: The caretaker of the island, Don Julian Santana Barrera, reportedly found a little girl who had drowned in the water. Days later, he found a doll floating in the water, which he assumed belonged to the little girl.

Barrera hung the doll up on a tree as a sign of respect for the girl. Haunted by her death, he continued to collect dolls and hang them from the trees in an attempt to please her spirit. 50 years later, Barrera drowned in the same spot the girl was said to be found.

Reports claim that Barrera was driven mad due to his solitude on the island, and hallucinated the death of the little girl.

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2. Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital

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The Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital was built in 1898 and is located in Beelitz, Germany. It was used as a care facility until 1930 mainly for those who suffered from tuberculosis or other severe lung diseases.

During the first world war, it shifted to serve as a field hospital. It’s notorious for treating a young soldier by the name of Adolf Hitler who was wounded in the leg at the Battle of Somme.

Most of the hospital has been completely abandoned since 1994, with the exception of a small section that is continued to be used for Parkinson’s Research.

The hospital was also a filming location for Roman Polanski’s film The Pianist (2002).

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3. Hallstatt, Austria

Day trip to Hallstatt

Ironically, number three on our Haunted Places in the World list is deemed one of the most “Instagrammable Places in the World.”

However, I couldn’t help but notice an eerie vibe and feel totally haunted by the town’s history. Perhaps it’s because I visited during fall (which I totally recommend!) but I think the photos speak for the spooky feels.

Day trip to Hallstatt Austria

The Skulls of Hallstatt

Long ago, old burial grounds were discovered. They were dug up, cleaned out, and replaced with new remains. Unfortunately, Hallstatt is so small, there just isn’t enough room to bury everyone.

A thousand remains are on display in this cave and decoratively painted with dates and names. Although creepy and even questionable depending on your own culture, I loved the thought of remains decorated as a tribute to one’s life.

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I’m not going to lie, we walked past a house on a hill and when we peeked inside the window, there were skulls just sitting on a table… We were totally freaked! Hallstatt is beautiful and spooky.

4. Hoia-Baciu Forest

“The Bermuda Triangle of Romania”

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Ghosts, missing people, and UFO’s – Oh my! The Hoia-Baciu Forest in Cluj-Napoca, Romania is labeled “the most haunted forest in the world.”

Reports have been made of green glowing eyes, little girls screaming, and silver disks flying in the sky. Some believe that the forest is haunted by those who lived in the forest long ago. There is evidence of people who lived in the forest dating back to 6500 B.C. which makes it the oldest settlement in Romania.

One of the many legends is, a young girl entered the forest and reemerged from the woods five years later unable to remember anything. Some tourists claim when they feel as if they are being watched or followed. Others report that they leave the forest with unexplained bruises and marks on their body.

The forest is only about a 20-minute taxi ride from the city of Cluj-Napoca. There are guided tours of the forest or paths that visitors can walk …at their own risk, of course. It is heavily advised that tourists only stick to the paths that have been paved and not venture off into the wooded areas.

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5. The Clown Motel

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The Clown Motel is located in the historic town of Tonopah, Nevada. Awarded as “America’s Scariest Hotel,” this place will surely give you the heebie-jeebies! Since the Old Tonopah Cemetery is practically located in the parking lot of this hotel, clowns aren’t the only ones keeping you company…

The hotel was built in 1985 in honor of the owner’s father, who died in the Belmont Mine Fire and is now buried in the Tonopah cemetery located next door. After the owner’s father passed, over 100 clowns were found in his basement. The Clown Motel was built in his honor.

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The hotel features over two thousand clowns perfectly places throughout the thirty-one rooms on the property. Would you stay in a room filled with clowns AND ghosts!?

6. Hill of Crosses

The Hill of Crosses is located in northern Lithuania. Since the 14th century, crosses have been placed on this hill as a symbol of Lithuania’s independence and to remember the rebels who died after the peasant uprising of 1831.

There are over 100,000 crosses! Many legends are associated with this hill – one being, a church that once stood here was struck by lightning and completely buried under sand in a terrible storm (along with everyone in it).

7. The Cecil Hotel

Number seven on our list of Haunted Places in the World is The Cecil Hotel – The Deadliest Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Cecil Hotel is located in Los Angeles, California, and has now rebranded as a hostel called The Stay on Main Hotel. The Cecil has a very long extensively dreadful history that will chill you to the bone.

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The Cecil was built by William Banks Hanner in 1924 as a snazzy Beaux Arts-style hotel aimed to attract tourists, businessmen, and social elites. Unfortunately, it’s bumpy beginning was hit heavily by The Great Depression that followed in 1925, just shortly after the grand opening. The area the hotel stands quickly became known as Skid Row.

At least sixteen known murders have taken place at this hotel, and even more suicides and unexplained mysteries have followed. The Cecil also unknowingly has housed serial killers such as Richard Ramirez (the “Night Stalker”) and Jack Unterweger.

One of the most infamous murders that took place at this hotel is the mysterious and gruesome death of young actress Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia.

8. Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is a tidal island and mainland commune in France on the border of Brittany and Normandy.

The structure is haunted by Lord Louis d’Estouville, who commanded the slaughter of two thousand Englishmen during the Hundred Years War. The legend has it that the sand was red, stained with the blood of the Englishmen.

I had the opportunity to tour Mont-Saint Michel and I can vouch for the eerie feeling you experience while walking about the island and the Abbey. I couldn’t help but shake the feeling that someone was always watching me, even when I was completely alone!

9. St. Augustine Lighthouse

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Located in St. Augustine, Florida this lighthouse has been guiding ships to shore since 1874.

One of the many stories that haunt this lighthouse is the chilling true story of a man, who was overseeing construction, lost two of his children in a drowning incident that occurred when the lighthouse was being built.

Another spooky tale that haunts this structure, is a worker who fell 60ft to his death while painting the lighthouse.

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10. The Stanley Hotel

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Last on our list of 10 Most Haunted Places in the World, is the iconic Stanley Hotel – Located in Estes Park, Colorado, USA.

Do you recognize this famous hotel from one of your favorite classic horror movies? That’s right, The Stanley Hotel is the inspiration and filming location for the iconic movie starring Jack Nicholson, The Shining.

Author Stephen King and his wife checked into the hotel one cold winter night as the only guests just as it was preparing to close down for the season. He had a dream of his young running down the hallway in terror, which was the initial spark for the wildly successful novel.

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It’s said that co-founder F.O. Stanley haunts the hotel and has been seen checking in guests at the front desk. Pianist Flora Stanley also makes an occasional ghostly appearance along with her haunting tunes.

Other strange occurrences have been reported such as items moving around with no explanation, eerie laughter, and strange shadowy figures lurking about.

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Which one of these Haunted Places are you adding to the top of your travel list? Let me know in the comments!

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