European Destinations
Europe is one of the best continents for those seeking dark history destinations. There are so many European destinations with dark tourism sites such as the Culloden Battlefield in Scotland to the plague village of Eyam in England.


There are loads of European destinations for those seeking spooky travel and places filled with macabre history. Looking for the most haunted destinations in Europe? You can explore the spookiest places in Edinburgh, the most haunted places in Romania, or Norway's dark history.

Do you love dark tourism, dark history or spooky travel? Check out more dark and spooky travel around the world here. You can also check out the Spooky Travel Guides for more dark travel inspiration.

If you love podcasts filled with a dark history and haunted ghost stories from all over the world, be sure to check out the Everything is Spooky in the Dark Podcast!

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Charles Bridge in the Czech Republic
England Destinations
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If you are looking for unusual things to do in Edinburgh, you have come to the right place. This is a list of actual off the beaten path things to do in Edinburgh. You won’t find any super touristy locations that pretend to be unusual on this list (okay, there is one, but it has a good reason to be

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I’m an avid fan of old cemeteries, and Scotland has them in abundance. Edinburgh, Scotland’s compact and hilly capital, is home to magnificent historical cemeteries you shouldn’t miss during your visit. Such as the world’s most haunted graveyard, which inspired the creation of several Harry Potter characters and is known for its connection with one extraordinarily loyal dog. One of

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You have moved to Scotland. Now, what do you do? It can be overwhelming to figure out what you need to do when you first arrive in your new home. From setting up your bank account to finding a place to live – where do you start? I will guide you with a smooth transition into your life in Scotland

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Looking for the best ghost tours in Edinburgh? The Scottish city of Edinburgh is known for its disturbing dark past. With nearly 900 years of history, Edinburgh survived plagues, witchcraft, grave robbers, cannibals, and so much more. The 12 Best Ghost Tours in Edinburgh Scotland Mercat Tours All of the tours with Mercat are absolutely fantastic, but the best ghost

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The medieval English city of York has a dark history. From suffering through the Black Death to being bombed in WWII, to the heads of enemies being displayed on spikes at the entrance to the city. York has everything for fans of history, especially those looking for dark history sites and haunted places in York, England. When I visited York,

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England is drenched in a dark and macabre past. With a history dating back to gruesome events such as the Black Death, cruel Witch Trials to grisly serial killer murders – there is no shortage of places to visit with a dark history in England. Eyam – England’s Plague Village In the English county of Derbyshire sits a village that

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Edinburgh is known for being a city full of spooky things to do. With so many attractions filled with dark and haunted history, there is no shortage of pubs that have a similar macabre back story. Want to spend a night drinking with the ghosts? Here are the best haunted pubs in Edinburgh. The White Hart Inn The White Hart

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Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is filled with so much history and beauty. If you are looking for things to do in Edinburgh Scotland – the city has a lot to offer. Whether you’re looking for a hillside walk on Arthur’s Seat. A tour of 1,000-year-old buildings brimming with history. Or a spooky outing that delves into Edinburgh’s dark

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Scotland is known for being spooky, haunted and full of a dark history. Glasgow is no exception, although not as haunted as Edinburgh, there are plenty of haunted places in Glasgow. From the ghosts that linger in old theatres to spooky tales of child-eating vampires with razor-sharp teeth. Glasgow is full of terrifying legends, mysteries and places perfect for the

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Moving to Scotland can be full of surprises especially if you aren’t aware of some of their colloquialisms, the Scottish culture or just everyday things that are a part of day to day life in Scotland. What is normal to them may be totally different than what you do in your home country. Here is my list of what to

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The 17th-century witch trials in England that swept across the country resulted in a wealth of historical witchcraft sites which you can still visit today. What sparked the horrific witch trials and ongoing torture in England? The answer is King James I. He was the initial perpetrator of Scotland’s witch hunts. Following his involvement, witch trials were held throughout the

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Dark history sites you can visit virtually? Yes, please! With more people staying home, tourist sites around the world have been creating virtual tours that you can visit while sitting on your couch. Museums, catacombs and dark tourism sites from around the world are producing online exhibits and tours filled with educational information for everyone who cannot travel right now.

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There are many haunted places in Prague known to house more than a few ghosts. But that doesn’t mean those places have the best ghost stories! So I’ve pulled together all my favourite ghost stories and legends from Prague. To get the best ghost story experience, I highly recommend joining a Prague ghost tour. There is an overwhelming number of

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Follow the trail of Edinburgh’s most notorious serial killing duo and explore the real sites of their murders on a Burke and Hare Edinburgh tour. The infamous duo used to prowl the city’s streets in search of their next victim they could transform into a corpse to sell to anatomy students for their next dissection in exchange for a bit

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Have you ever sauntered around Edinburgh and wondered how old some of the buildings and structures were? What about the seemingly unimportant walls that line Greyfriars Kirkyard? If you’ve explored the ancient gravestones in Greyfriars Kirkyard, you may have happened upon a towering 24ft-tall wall. Known as the Flodden Wall, this structure was a medieval defence that surrounded Old Town

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Prague is full of ghosts and legends. There are said to be over 100 ghosts and otherworldly creatures that call Prague home. These spirits are intertwined in the city’s history and culture and part of what makes Prague so enchanting. Although there are spirits all over Prague, some areas seem to be more appealing to them than others. So if

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Fantoft Stave Church was originally built in 1150 in the village of Fortun in western Norway. It was celebrating its 842nd year when it met its doom and was devastated into little more than a pile of ash. This was after the church had already survived the threat of demolition and was ultimately saved by being moved piece-by-piece to Fana,

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Although best known for its golf courses and university, St. Andrews has a much darker side with a macabre history. St. Andrews Cathedral in Fife was once the site of the largest medieval church in Scotland. Since left to ruin, today the temple is blanketed with a dark history and spooky stories abound about the ghosts of St Andrews. The

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Figuring out what to pack for Scotland for a trip can seem stressful at first. When you add the fact that you are moving to Scotland, even just temporarily – you may find yourself stressing over what to pack for Scotland even more. Moving to Scotland can seem overwhelming at first. There’s so much you need to do before you

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North Berwick is a coastal town located 30km outside Edinburgh on the shores of the Firth of Forth in East Lothian, Scotland. The tiny seaside community attracts history lovers with its connections to the Great Scottish Witch Hunt and magnificent ruins like Tantallon Castle, while others are enticed by its superb seabird population and excellent golf courses. If you’re wondering

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Dark history is everywhere at Holyrood Park. If you’ve ever walked around Edinburgh, you’ll know that no matter where you go, you’re going to be walking through history. The Dark History at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh will be all around you. With buildings that have survived the dreadful plague, horrendous wars and terrifying serial killers almost everywhere you look, you

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Scotland is a land of dark history, with some spooky and dark stories from times past. It’s a place where mystical landscapes and abandoned castles have been left to ruin. The country is perfect for a dark history fan and lover of dark tourism in Scotland. If you want a glimpse into the country’s sinister past, want to find haunted

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Just moved to a new city and want to meet people and make friends? Making friends in a new city can be difficult and intimidating for almost everyone. Luckily, Scottish people are very friendly which makes it very easy to make friends in Edinburgh. As an adult, you’re definitely not alone if you find yourself wondering how to make friends

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If you want to embrace dark history and immerse yourself in a spooky atmosphere, the Tolbooth Tavern in Edinburgh is a must-visit. Here you can grab some unique Scottish pub grub like a Warlock Pie or a Tolbooth Haggis Tower and wash it all down with your favourite pint. Built in 1591, the Tolbooth Tavern in Edinburgh was formerly part

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Visit the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh for a peaceful day out spent walking amongst thousands of beautiful flowers. If you’re looking for relaxing things to do in Edinburgh, exploring the Royal Botanic Garden should be at the top of your list. Head there on a sunny afternoon with a blanket and a book, tuck yourself under one of the

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When you think of somewhere with a fantastic jazz scene, do you picture Edinburgh? If not, a visit to the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh will change your mind! Home to the annual Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and many live music venues where you can see incredible bands perform, Edinburgh is an amazing place for jazz music fans. One of

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Step into the delicious world of Scotch whisky with a visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh, Scotland. One of the best things to do in Edinburgh, the Scotch Whisky Experience invites you to take a journey through the history and creation of the spirit by climbing aboard a barrel ride and listening to tales told by the ghost

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If you’re looking for things to do in Edinburgh, St Giles Cathedral is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon. Located in the heart of Edinburgh on the historic Royal Mile, the cathedral is a stunning display of iconic Gothic architecture that takes over Edinburgh’s Old Town. Because St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh is served by a minister and not

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What gets narrower the higher you go and is terrifying for claustrophobic people who are also afraid of heights? That’s right — The Scott Monument in Edinburgh! The gorgeous Gothic structure, dedicated to the life of Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, towers over Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens. It offers stunning views of Edinburgh…for those brave enough to climb

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Spend a day reliving medical and surgical history at the Surgeons Hall Museum in Edinburgh. The medical museum is one of the most unusual things to do in Edinburgh. It is filled to the brim with a collection of curiosities, rarities and oddities that will both educate and shock you. The Surgeons’ Hall Museum, owned by the Royal College of

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If you’re looking to escape from the bustling centre of Edinburgh, head down to the picturesque Dean Village and discover the perfect place to spend a peaceful afternoon. The remarkable beauty of the little suburb makes it feel like you’ve stepped into a real-life fairy tale. You’ll have a quiet and restful time, but you won’t be bored — there’s

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Have you recently moved to Edinburgh Scotland for a working holiday? Or are you thinking about moving to Edinburgh and want to know what to expect when looking for a place to live? Where to live in Edinburgh? Or Finding a flat or renting a room in Edinburgh? There are many different factors to consider when it comes to finding

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Have you ever wanted to visit a haunted castle and possibly meet the castle ghosts of Scotland? Or better yet, have you ever wanted to stay in a haunted castle overnight in Scotland? With a richly historic landscape full of imposing medieval castles that witnessed perilous wars, The Great Scottish Witch Hunt and a deadly Black Plague, Scotland has an

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As the panic of witchcraft swept over Northern Europe, witches in Scotland were not something to be feared. Scotland had its fair share of healers and herbalists, however, these people (who were also known as witches in Scotland) weren’t seen as evil beings working with the devil. Many of them were sought out to help people alleviate their ailments or

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Scotland is one of the most haunted countries on the planet, home to eerie underground vaults, an unnerving possessed cemetery, spine-chilling cursed castles and bloody tormented battlefields that changed Scotland’s history forever. Why not also spend the night at one of the haunted hotels in Scotland. There are so many haunted places in Scotland. It’s almost as if no part

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Have you been thinking about moving to Scotland for university or on a working holiday? Anywhere you pick in Scotland will be an excellent choice, because the country is such an incredible place with a world of opportunities, regardless of where you are. There are so many different reasons you should move to Edinburgh depending on what you want to

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Do you want to work abroad in Scotland? Whether you’re moving there temporarily on a youth visa or you’re making a permanent move to Scotland, you’ll need to find a job soon after you arrive. Luckily, there are lots of jobs in Scotland for foreigners. If you’re on a temporary visa, you may be concerned that no one will want

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There are so many positive points to living in Scotland. It’s the perfect country for almost everyone looking to move somewhere new. It’s truly an incredible place for foreign workers, whether you visit as part of your gap year with a working holiday visa, as a student studying at one of the universities or even if you’re just looking for

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Romania is full of haunted spots and spooky historical places notorious for its creepy vibes and eerie atmospheres. For these reasons, Romania is a haven for lovers of everything supernatural, legendary and folkloristic. Romania has some of the most haunted places in the world. Known for being home to Transylvania, a mysterious place that inspired the creation of monsters such

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“This seems close enough,” I said to Chris, as we got off the bus onto a rural road in Romania. We were searching for Dracula at Bran Castle in Transylvania. I could see the top of what I assumed was Bran Castle, so I thought we must have been close by at that point, right? Always panicking when I travel

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Looking for haunted and spooky things to do in Edinburgh Scotland? The capital of Scotland and Europe’s most haunted city, Edinburgh bears a grim and horrible past just waiting to be discovered. Edinburgh showcases its haunted, scary and spookiest places through gruesome supernatural stories and outright terrifying attractions. With a history burdened by brutal witch trials, the ghastly plague epidemic

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In the late 19th century, Bergen in Norway had the highest concentration of lepers in all of Europe. To deal with the problem, the city constructed three separate houses for the diseased, where they could be cared for by doctors and researchers studying the epidemic in an effort to discover its cause. Now known as Hansen’s Disease, today leprosy is

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Mary King’s Close was a street in Edinburgh sealed off from the world, leaving all the people suffering from the bubonic plague trapped beneath. These people were quarantined and left to die as the residents in the city above went about with their everyday lives. Did they even know there were victims of the plague dying beneath their feet? This

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Edinburgh is a city oozing with creepy historic events, many of which have paranormal backstories. Once upon a time, Scotland’s capital decided to throw an amazing festival called “Mary King’s Ghost Fest” which featured several spectral events, including trips to the Edinburgh underground vaults, the incredible Mary King’s Close (my personal favourite), ghost storytelling and even overnight vigils in the

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Edinburgh has an abundance of really cool visitor attractions which offer unique job opportunities. I’ve always been drawn to jobs where I can educate people about the place in which I’m working. Like a museum bursting with history, an art gallery flowing with culture or a zoo brimming with animals! As someone interested in working in animal conservation in the

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Matthew Kepnes, aka Nomadic Matt, is a well-known travel writer who specializes in budget travel. He inspires people to discover the incredible world we live in by revealing cheap travel tips and hacks, proving that anyone can travel cheaper, longer and smarter. I’ve been following Matt for several years and have been inspired over and over again by his stories

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Sweat drips down the side of my face as my hand grips the vinyl door handle of our tiny white Toyota Yaris rental car. Chris whizzes down winding country roads, narrowly missing the suicidal pheasants ready to end their lives as they leap into the path of our oncoming vehicle. This was our terrifying drive through England. Where it all

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Most people choose to visit the North York Moors in summer. The temperatures are mild, the grass is lush and wildflowers are blooming. I decided it would be a good idea to visit the North York Moors in November. The moors must not have been expecting visitors, because everything was dead. But it was still beautiful, nonetheless! Bringing the movies

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Want to experience life as a local in Scotland, England or Wales? You need the UK working holiday visa! There are several ways of turning the dream of moving abroad and really understanding a new culture into reality. One way is to go on a “working holiday”. This is how I managed to move to Scotland for two years! I

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What was I thinking when I agreed to visit the Shard? I know I am terrified of heights and one of the reasons you visit the Shard is because it gives you a view of London from 306 metres in the sky. I thought it would be fine because the Shard is enclosed by glass. Not like that time I

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As darkness falls, and as the sparkling lights of the city appear in the distance. I am in the Glasgow Necropolis – exploring the city of the dead. I’m encapsulated by a stunning silhouette of Victorian tombs, monuments, and mausoleums in the Glasgow Necropolis. A crisp winter breeze keeps me company as I quietly make my way through the “City

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