Eastern Europe is a vast place of history, ancient castles, interesting legends, and of course ghosts! The places that are discussed in this list are haunted by various spirits, in one place on this list in particular it’s haunted by a serial killer who reminds one of Elizabeth Bathory but instead from the 18th century.
Some of these places are hotels, monasteries, and castles which one castle in particular was where Vlad the Impaler was held prisoner. Some of these places that are haunted may just be local legend but still hold up as good ghost stories and some of them sound like no wonder they are haunted! Places were travesty happen seem to be filled with spirits because they don’t want to move on and that really can be the same with saying that with someone who was happy in a place and doesn’t want to move on too.
So let’s travel to Eastern Europe and see what notorious figures are haunting the place and what places are supposedly haunted. Let’s begin and remember if you get too scared just push the go back button, the spirits won’t mind.
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Ioann Predtecha Monastery, Moscow
Ioann Predtecha Monastery holds the ghost of a notorious serial killer, Darya Saltykova also known as as Saltychikha. She was an 18th century noblewoman who sounded a like like Elizabeth Bathory. Darya was convicted of killing roughly around 139 and mostly girls. In 1768, she was sentence to life in prison.
Well it may sound odd on why someone who did such atrocities would be haunting a monastery but she was supposedly a religious woman. She kept her appearance in the public eye like she wasn’t evil just like Bathory had done centuries before. When you see her ghost though she isn’t looking for forgiveness, she’s actually cursing people who she passes by.
St. Agnes Convent, Prague
According to the legends at St. Agnes Convent in the Josefov area, a ghost of a nun is haunting the place. She appears in two different states, bloody and weeping bitterly or she’s smiling tenderly. Guess her history goes like this, she was going to run away with her lover and well her father found out so he stabbed her. It’s a sad and gruesome story.
There is a story about her saving a young woman who was about to kill herself with poison. This young woman was upset and she was about to end her life when all of a sudden, the poison was taken away from her and money was in place of that instead. (Source: Prague-Stay) If it’s possible true then the nun’s ghost can’t be a bad spirit and even if it’s just a legend, nevertheless this is a sweet story.
Hotel Cismigiu, Bucharest
Hotel Cismigiu has an interesting history, it was built in 1914 as a hotel, closed in 1970, then in the 90s turned into a students dorm, and now it’s back as a hotel. One of the ghosts that haunts this hotel is from the days when it was a students dorm. There was a young girl that died in an elevator accident. According to this account many have said that they heard her cries and can see her spirit wander the walls.
There are probably plenty of other ghosts that probably roam the hotel since hotels have so much activity and history. You either have the spirit that wants to go back to what made them happy or the spirit like this young girl, who can’t escape what happened to them because of how tragic it was.
Hunyad Castle, Transylvania
Hunyad Castle is also known as Corvins’ Castle or Hundedoara Castle. It’s the same castle where Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned by John Hunyadi for about 7 years. It’s a castle that has all kinds of history!
Hunyad Castle is a place known for it’s dark history, a place where prisoners of the war were taken and where dark legends lie. Any place where Vlad the Impaler was held, is probably going to be haunted. People who have visited the castle have seen apparitions, things fly off the tables and fly around the room, unexplained noises, and other strange things have happened. It was also explored on the British ghost show, “Most Haunted Live!” Anyway if you’re brave enough to stay at the castle it is open to the public.
Wawel Royal Castle, Poland
Wawel Royal Castle is in Krakow, it’s a haunted castle where many royal spirits roam, where eerie music comes from the vaults, and it has an old jester who doesn’t believe that he’s dead.
The castle is filled with history though some of it may sound unbelievable like the legends that talks about dragons that were in the caves. While it sounds quite far fetched it is interesting. What is true is King Sigismund I the Old had the Polish Royal Palace built between 1506 and 1548. The king probably haunts the place since many reports say a lot of the leaders haunt it and legends have said that all the deceased kings get together on December 24 and come together. Sounds a little creepy to this writer!
So that’s a little bit about Wawel castle and it’s paranormal history!