Europe is full of intriguing places, full of magic and mystery. Of course, the fact that it has a long history has helped many of these to establish and almost mythical reputation.
Whether you’re interested in the dark arts or not you’ll want to try multicity travelling in Europe, it’s a fascinating and rewarding experience.
Some of these places have a reputation thanks to the local beliefs, others have more sinister events connected with them. But, all will entice you and all are worth a visit:
Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves – Austria
This is the largest ice cave in the world with formations as tall as 75 feet! Many are named after Norse mythology but it has to be seen to be believed.
Mushroom Stones – Russia
In the Altai region of Russia there are dozens of rocks that slim to almost a point and then have mushroom-shaped heads. Locals will tell you it’s supernatural, science says its erosion. But, your mind will find it eerie, whichever you believe.
Hoia-Baciu Forest – Romania
This is reputed to be the most haunted forest in the world and the locals tell stories of people that have wandered into the forest and never been seen again.
It is certainly true that electronic equipment doesn’t function properly.
Giethoorn – Netherlands
This isn’t spooky but it is magical. The entire village is built on small islands that connect by canals and in excess of 180 wooden bridges.
There are no roads, you have to arrive on foot or by boat!
Stanton Moor Forest – England
This is where you’ll find mysterious Bronze Age stone circles. It’s where Druids completed rituals and it has a strange atmosphere.
In the daytime it is beautiful, but, as night starts to fall, beware!
City of the Dead – Russia
This city is in Ossetia, western Russia, and consists of dozens of small ‘houses’. In fact, the houses are tombs. Historians believe a plague hit the village and killed everyone. The locals simply sat in their houses and waited to die. Today you can peer in the windows and see the clothed skeletons just sat there!
Bran Castle – Transylvania – Romania
This is the castle associated with both Vlad the Impaler and Count Dracula. Both were bloodthirsty although Vlad is said to have killed 20,000 of his own subjects and placed them around the capital to scare off enemies. Apparently, the tactic worked.
Giant’s Causeway – Northern Ireland
The columns here are all perfectly shaped blocks, suggesting they have been put in place by giant hands; hence the name. In fact, legend says the giant of Ireland built the causeway to enable him to fight the giant of Scotland.
The scientific explanation is a little less interesting and relates to volcanic activity. Either way, it’s a fascinating sight.
Gobekli Tepe – Turkey
This temple was built between 12,000 and 13,000 years ago! It’s the oldest on the planet and actually older than the pyramids of Giza.
The pillars of this temple are 19ft high and weigh approximately 60 tons, leaving you to wonder how it was made. Of course, it could have been with the help of extraterrestrials.
Highgate Cemetery – England
This is believed to be the most haunted place in England. Of course, it’s a cemetery so there are plenty of dead here, the question is whether you’re brave enough to see if they come out at night?
Pripyat – Ukraine
When the nuclear accident happened at Chernobyl the nearby town of Pripyat was quickly deserted. It was for good reason, radiation levels are still high today but it is safe to take a quick tour.
You’ll find everything left as it was when people fled, an eerie reminder of days gone by.
Stonehenge – England
There are plenty of theories regarding who created this massive stone circle and why, but no one knows for certain. All that is known is that the site was originally created in 800BC from wood. The wood was replaced with these massive stones in 3000 BC although how the stones were moved is a mystery.
This is just a sample of the weird and wonderful places you’ll be able to visit when you’re multicity travelling in Europe, there are a lot of things that will get your skin crawling!