With most travel options once again shutting down due to the pandemic, we turn to technology for our wanderlust fix. And as the weather turns colder and the nights grow longer, there’s never been a more perfect time to take a virtual tour of some of the world’s creepiest locations.


The Stanley Hotel, Colorado

The Stanley Hotel opened in 1909, as a grand resort for the wealthy and a health retreat for tuberculosis sufferers looking to take advantage of the “curative air” of the Rocky Mountains. These days, however, it’s better known as the hotel that sparked Stephen King’s horror novel The Shining - and its reputation for paranormal activity. The hotel even offers guided tours, focusing on the spaces on the property that are reported to be “exceptionally active”.

Take a virtual tour of the spooky site with this YouTube video.


Catacombs, Paris

Hidden beneath the city of lights is a network of underground ossuaries. These creepy crypts are the final resting place of more than six million people. Paris had long struggled with overflowing cemeteries and when, in 1780, a property adjoining Les Innocents cemetery suffered a basement wall collapse due to the weight of the mass grave behind it, the cemetery was officially closed to the public and burials within the city walls were forbidden. The remains from Les Innocents, and several other cemeteries, were moved into the reclaimed mining tunnels beneath the city - creating the now famous ossuaries.

Take a virtual tour on the Catacombes de Paris website.


 

A Transylvanian castle, perched on a rock high above a valley, a flowing river below. The image is a striking one. It conjures bats and blood in the mind’s eye, and invokes a menacing name - Dracula. Scholars debate whether Bran Castle is truly the basis for Bram Stoker’s depictions of the vampire’s fortress but it is the only castle within Transylvania that fits the description, and it certainly has a commanding presence.

Although not quite a virtual tour, there is a webcam pointed at the castle which streams live on webcamtaxi.com - keep an eye out for bats!


Winchester Mystery House, California

One of the most bizarre pieces of architecture in the world, The Winchester Mystery House was built with no blueprint and no floor plan, a conglomeration of haphazard and seemingly pointless alterations to what was once a perfectly normal farmhouse. Uneven staircases lead to nowhere, hallways abruptly become dead ends, and doors open onto walls - all intended to contain and confuse the spirits of those who had lost their lives to Winchester rifles. That’s pretty creepy.

An immersive 360° tour is available through the Winchester Mystery House website.

 

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