As you expected, Dracula’s home country is filled with haunted, spooky places. From sunken churches, to godforsaken castles and wolves attacks in villages where no wolf has step foot in the past 100 years, this are the creepiest places in Romania:
1. Hoia Baciu Forest
You might know this one, as every serious article regarding most haunted/creepy/terrifying places on earth mentions our poor forest. We don’t know if its the bent trees, voices, ghosts, light orbs, disappearances, the clearing where almost nothing grows or the UFOs sighted here that gave its nickname of Romanian Bermuda. Legends go back in time more than 50 years and say that when you step between the trees all your fears become true and unfold in front of your eyes. People living around used to go there for timber or grass for animals and many of them have reported headaches, nausea, anxiety and even burns on their skin. The first one to take the matter serious was biologist Alexandru Sift, who studied the grounds in the 50’s and managed to get on film impressive footage of appearances very human alike. A team of professionals decided to make a documentary on this place and dig into the story. Check out the website here.
2. Iulia Hasdeu Castle
Seen from afar, it looks quite cute, a small castle with an interesting architecture. That is until you get inside and hear the stories. Iulia Hasdeu was the daughter of Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu, writer, academician, lawyer, linguist, folklorist, historian and politician, one of the greatest Romanian personalities of all times. Iulia was a gifted child, finishing the primary school by 8 years old. When she was 11 she graduated college and in the meantime also went to Bucharest Music Conservatory. Afterwords she went for further studies in Paris, where she became the first Romanian to study in Sorbonne. Unfortunately, she died at 18 of consumption and her father did not cope well with her early departure. The castle built in her memory is said to be made after B.P. Hasdeu’s instructions received from her daughter within spiritism sessions. It seems every inch of the building has a particular meaning, starting with the stone front door to the huge iron crucifix in the center room of the castle. But what puts this grief token on our list is the story of Iulia’s spirit walking cheerfully in her home, scaring the s*** out of her guests. The latest encounter is a few years old, as the guide of the museums tells, when Iulia apparently decided to shut the doors and play the piano, while a group of tourist were visiting. We bet no one took the time to take a selfie :).
3. Witch’s pond