24 spooky places to visit around the world

Explore these frightening haunts at your own risk.

This story was updated on October 14, 2019.

A fascination with the unknown drives many travelers to the most bone-chilling corners of our world. Sometimes it’s a lonely place with a violent or macabre past, said to be haunted by the tormented souls of those already departed. At others, a quiet crypt or a reverent patch of ground calls to attention the impermanence of life and the ever-turning hands of time. (Discover the paranormal at these spine-chilling U.S. historical haunts.)

Regardless of their origin, each of these destinations has garnered a reputation for the supernatural or uncanny—and in turn, attracted a devoted following of curious adventure-seekers. Explore them all … if you dare.

Nathan Strauss is a social media associate producer at National Geographic, focused on travel and adventure. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.