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Vienna, AustriaAny city as fascinated by death as Vienna is bound to be full of spooks, and the ghost of Schubert, or someone close to the great composer, manifests itself in the house where he was born.  But only on November 19, the date he died aged 31, when the poltergeist can be heard whispering and tapping.There are also ghosts in the city’s Imperial Palace – but they only tend to come out when tourists leave the premises for the night.  Empress Sisi, Vienna’s answer to Princess Diana, was startled by the ghost of writer Heinrich Heine when making notes in her journal one night, and other restless souls are said to haunt the corridors.

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Ghost stories from around the worldFrom Lancashire to Bolivia... the world's most haunted buildingsFrom Lancashire to Bolivia... the world's most haunted buildingsAnthea Gerrie2013-10-30T17:00:002013-10-30T17:00:00seo_keywordsFrom Lancashire to Bolivia... the world's most haunted buildingsIt’s a ghostly 24 hours when October turns into November.   Brits and Americans celebrate Halloween while Mexicans embrace ghouls on The Day of the Dead which follows.  However, haunted buildings all over the world dare guests to enter at any time of the year; here’s a selection of some of the scariest.topFrom Lancashire to Bolivia... the world's most haunted buildings - 1From Lancashire to Bolivia... the world's most haunted buildings - 1(©Predjama Castle)From Lancashire to Bolivia... the world's most haunted buildings - 1(©Predjama Castle)From Lancashire to Bolivia... the world's most haunted buildings - 1(©Predjama Castle)From Lancashire to Bolivia... the world's most haunted buildings - 1(©Predjama Castle)From Lancashire to Bolivia... the world's most haunted buildings - 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3Haunted houses: Vienna, Austria - 3(©Hertha HurnausWien Museum)Haunted houses: Vienna, Austria - 3(©Hertha HurnausWien Museum)Haunted houses: Vienna, Austria - 3(©Hertha HurnausWien Museum)Haunted houses: Vienna, Austria - 3(©Hertha HurnausWien Museum)Haunted houses: Vienna, Austria - 3(©Hertha HurnausWien Museum)Haunted houses: Vienna, Austria - 3(©Hertha HurnausWien Museum)Haunted houses: Vienna, Austria - 3(©Hertha HurnausWien Museum)Haunted houses: Vienna, Austria - 3(©Hertha HurnausWien Museum)Haunted houses: Vienna, Austria - 3(©Hertha HurnausWien Museum)Haunted houses: Vienna, Austria - 3(©Hertha HurnausWien Museum)Haunted houses: Vienna, Austria - 3(©Hertha HurnausWien Museum)Haunted houses: Vienna, Austria - 3(©Hertha HurnausWien Museum)Haunted houses: Vienna, Austria - 3(©Hertha HurnausWien Museum)Haunted houses: Port Talbot, WalesPort Talbot, WalesThere’s no shortage of ghosts at Margam Castle, which attracts ghoul-hunters from across the globe.  Some encounter gamekeeper Robert Scott, allegedly murdered by a poacher on the stairs of the Tudor Gothic pile, while others have reported sightings of a blacksmith and a clutch of mischievous Victorian children. Nights get even more active; security guards have followed the sound of running steps and chattering voices only to find the building empty.Story-tellers will spook visitors with “Grave Tidings” on Halloween and there’s a children’s ghost walk at 6pm followed by a séance led by Ghost Watch Wales.  topHaunted houses: Port Talbot, Wales - 4Haunted houses: Port Talbot, Wales - 4(©Margam Castle)Haunted houses: Port Talbot, Wales - 4(©Margam Castle)Haunted houses: Port Talbot, Wales - 4(©Margam Castle)Haunted houses: Port Talbot, Wales - 4(©Margam Castle)Haunted houses: Port Talbot, Wales - 4(©Margam Castle)Haunted houses: Port Talbot, Wales - 4(©Margam Castle)Haunted houses: Port Talbot, Wales - 4(©Margam Castle)Haunted houses: Port Talbot, Wales - 4(©Margam Castle)Haunted houses: Port Talbot, Wales - 4(©Margam Castle)Haunted houses: Port Talbot, Wales - 4(©Margam Castle)Haunted houses: Port Talbot, Wales - 4(©Margam Castle)Haunted houses: Port Talbot, Wales - 4(©Margam Castle)Haunted houses: Port Talbot, Wales - 4(©Margam Castle)Haunted houses: Washington DC, USAWashington DC, USAThe most haunted mansion in the USA is The White House, no less, where several ex-presidents have revisited their former home.  Lincoln’s ghost has spooked later residents including Eleanor Roosevelt and President Truman, while LBJ’s daughter Lynda saw the ghost of Lincoln’s son Willie in the bedroom where he died.The Rose Bedroom is said to be haunted by President Andrew Jackson, often heard laughing his socks off or swearing violently, but it was the wandering ghost of Lincoln that Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands encountered when she slept in the room.Winston Churchill refused to sleep in the Lincoln Bedroom ever again after encountering the ghost one night.   He wasn’t being a wuss - Jackie Kennedy, Ladybird Johnson and presidents Roosevelt, Hoover and Eisenhower all spotted him here as well.topHaunted houses: Washington DC, USA - 5Haunted houses: Washington DC, USA - 5(©Mary A Behre)Haunted houses: Washington DC, USA - 5(©Mary A Behre)Haunted houses: Washington DC, USA - 5(©Mary A Behre)Haunted houses: Washington DC, USA - 5(©Mary A Behre)Haunted houses: Washington DC, USA - 5(©Mary A Behre)Haunted houses: Washington DC, USA - 5(©Mary A Behre)Haunted houses: Washington DC, USA - 5(©Mary A Behre)Haunted houses: Washington DC, USA - 5(©Mary A Behre)Haunted houses: Washington DC, USA - 5(©Mary A Behre)Haunted houses: Washington DC, USA - 5(©Mary A Behre)Haunted houses: Washington DC, USA - 5(©Mary A Behre)Haunted houses: Washington DC, USA - 5(©Mary A Behre)Haunted houses: Washington DC, USA - 5(©Mary A Behre)Haunted houses: Maryland, USAMaryland, USANo far from the White House, the Point Lookout lighthouse in the town of Scotland is said to be America’s most haunted lighthouse.  There was a prison camp for Confederate soldiers here during the Civil War, and more than 4000 graves have been found around the site.  Sightings of soldiers in their uniforms are common in the lighthouse, where doors open and close of their own accord and ghostly snoring is occasionally heard.Meanwhile the moans of patients from a nearby hospital of old tantalise visitors with spookier sounds, as does the ghost of Ann Davies, widow of the lighthouse’s first keeper, who says: “This is my home” whenever she appears. That’s not all – an officer from a shipwreck in 1878 has also been sighted in his brass-buttoned uniform, standing wet-haired by the lighthouse entrance as though straight from the sea.  The whole paranormal history of the place is told at the nearby Civil War Museum.topHaunted houses: Maryland, USA - 6Haunted houses: Maryland, USA - 6(©Point Lookout Lighthouse)Haunted houses: Maryland, USA - 6(©Point Lookout Lighthouse)Haunted houses: Maryland, USA - 6(©Point Lookout Lighthouse)Haunted houses: Maryland, USA - 6(©Point Lookout Lighthouse)Haunted houses: Maryland, USA - 6(©Point Lookout Lighthouse)Haunted houses: Maryland, USA - 6(©Point Lookout Lighthouse)Haunted houses: Maryland, USA - 6(©Point Lookout Lighthouse)Haunted houses: Maryland, USA - 6(©Point Lookout Lighthouse)Haunted houses: Maryland, USA - 6(©Point Lookout Lighthouse)Haunted houses: Maryland, USA - 6(©Point Lookout Lighthouse)Haunted houses: Maryland, USA - 6(©Point Lookout Lighthouse)Haunted houses: Maryland, USA - 6(©Point Lookout Lighthouse)Haunted houses: Maryland, USA - 6(©Point Lookout Lighthouse)Haunted houses: BarbadosBarbadosThere are at least three haunted houses on this island, but at Fisher Pond Great House, the owners report “only good, embracing experiences”.Wedding guests at the house, now a restaurant and events venue, report sightings of a little girl who drowned in a pool on the property, but now likes to come and play with bridesmaids, and owner Rain Chandler has twice seen an elegant woman counting the silver in her cutlery drawer, as well as a man with a handlebar moustache dressed in riding gear.Halton Great House is also said to be haunted by the ghost of the Honourable Samuel Rouse buried in the family vault here in 1784, but the elderly ghost confines himself to the grounds. How considerate.topHaunted houses: Barbados - 7Haunted houses: Barbados - 7(©Fisher Pond Great House)Haunted houses: Barbados - 7(©Fisher Pond Great House)Haunted houses: Barbados - 7(©Fisher Pond Great House)Haunted houses: Barbados - 7(©Fisher Pond Great House)Haunted houses: Barbados - 7(©Fisher Pond Great House)Haunted houses: Barbados - 7(©Fisher Pond Great House)Haunted houses: Barbados - 7(©Fisher Pond Great House)Haunted houses: Barbados - 7(©Fisher Pond Great House)Haunted houses: Barbados - 7(©Fisher Pond Great House)Haunted houses: Barbados - 7(©Fisher Pond Great House)Haunted houses: Barbados - 7(©Fisher Pond Great House)Haunted houses: Barbados - 7(©Fisher Pond Great House)Haunted houses: Barbados - 7(©Fisher Pond Great House)Haunted houses: AustraliaAustraliaThe Monte Cristo Homestead in New South Wales is reputed to be the most haunted house in Australia.   Terrible goings-on have taken place since it was built in 1885 by Christopher Crawley, including a child being thrown to his death from the top of the stairs, another burnt alive in the stables and a maid “falling” from a balcony to meet her maker. The cruel Crawley and his strange wife Elizabeth are also reputed to haunt the house themselves.This is such a scary place that ghost tours are only offered for groups of 12 or more.  If you manage to bag a room in the manor, note that the accommodation for rent is supposedly not haunted, and Ouija boards and crystals are not allowed on the premises!topHaunted houses: Australia - 8Haunted houses: Australia - 8(©Monte Cristo Homestead)Haunted houses: Australia - 8(©Monte Cristo Homestead)Haunted houses: Australia - 8(©Monte Cristo Homestead)Haunted houses: Australia - 8(©Monte Cristo Homestead)Haunted houses: Australia - 8(©Monte Cristo Homestead)Haunted houses: Australia - 8(©Monte Cristo Homestead)Haunted houses: Australia - 8(©Monte Cristo Homestead)Haunted houses: Australia - 8(©Monte Cristo Homestead)Haunted houses: Australia - 8(©Monte Cristo Homestead)Haunted houses: Australia - 8(©Monte Cristo Homestead)Haunted houses: Australia - 8(©Monte Cristo Homestead)Haunted houses: Australia - 8(©Monte Cristo Homestead)Haunted houses: Australia - 8(©Monte Cristo Homestead)Haunted houses: BoliviaBoliviaBird-watchers and mountain bikers who flock to the El Castillo Hotel two hours south of La Paz may not be banking on a clutch of 20th century ghosts among the local attractions. They are said to be those of Dr. Jose Luis Tejada Sorzano, the president of Bolivia in 1934, his wife and mistress. The president coerced four prisoners of war into building a tunnel, then apparently got them drunk and buried them alive in it, in order to keep the secret safe. Neither the tunnel nor the four skeletons within have ever been found.The murderous ruler was also a love rat; he took a mistress from the local village, said to still be wandering in the grounds with a broken heart after her lover died in neighbouring Chile, where Sorzano moved his family.   But his ghost and that of his widow can apparently still be heard arguing in an upstairs room.Hotel El Castillo Del Loro is bookable through High Lives.topHaunted houses: Bolivia - 9Haunted houses: Bolivia - 9(©High Lives)Haunted houses: Bolivia - 9(©High Lives)Haunted houses: Bolivia - 9(©High Lives)Haunted houses: Bolivia - 9(©High Lives)Haunted houses: Bolivia - 9(©High Lives)Haunted houses: Bolivia - 9(©High Lives)Haunted houses: Bolivia - 9(©High Lives)Haunted houses: Bolivia - 9(©High Lives)Haunted houses: Bolivia - 9(©High Lives)Haunted houses: Bolivia - 9(©High Lives)Haunted houses: Bolivia - 9(©High Lives)Haunted houses: Bolivia - 9(©High Lives)Haunted houses: Bolivia - 9(©High Lives)Haunted houses: JamaicaJamaicaNot to be confused with the luxury hotel of the same name, this old plantation house near Montego Bay is said to be haunted by the ghost of Annie Palmer, who was taught voodoo and witchcraft by her nanny while growing up.     After this nasty piece of work moved to Jamaica, she tortured slaves here for her own entertainment, and saw off countless slaves she took as lovers, as well as three husbands, it is believed.topHaunted houses: Jamaica - 10Haunted houses: Jamaica - 10(©Rose Hall)Haunted houses: Jamaica - 10(©Rose Hall)Haunted houses: Jamaica - 10(©Rose Hall)Haunted houses: Jamaica - 10(©Rose Hall)Haunted houses: Jamaica - 10(©Rose Hall)Haunted houses: Jamaica - 10(©Rose Hall)Haunted houses: Jamaica - 10(©Rose Hall)Haunted houses: Jamaica - 10(©Rose Hall)Haunted houses: Jamaica - 10(©Rose Hall)Haunted houses: Jamaica - 10(©Rose Hall)Haunted houses: Jamaica - 10(©Rose Hall)Haunted houses: Jamaica - 10(©Rose Hall)Haunted houses: Jamaica - 10(©Rose Hall)Haunted houses: SloveniaSloveniaThis picturesque 13th century castle built into a rock was home to a famous robber baron who holed up there while fleeing the Romans and survived a year-long siege by pelting his pursuers with cherries before being caught out and killed in the loo.   But the ghost stories are linked mainly to 16th century resident Countess Elizabeth Balthory, who was said to be a vampire and hunt younger women from the surrounding area to feed her youth and beauty.Spooky for many reasons, not least a cave 63 metres deep into which prisoners were thrown to die, the castle remains the site of ghostly voices, footsteps and other unexplained noises.  It was pronounced officially haunted by Ghost Hunters International when they visited Postojna to make a programme for the Sci-Fi Channel in 2008.topHaunted houses: Slovenia - 11Haunted houses: Slovenia - 11(©Predjama Castle)Haunted houses: Slovenia - 11(©Predjama Castle)Haunted houses: Slovenia - 11(©Predjama Castle)Haunted houses: Slovenia - 11(©Predjama Castle)Haunted houses: Slovenia - 11(©Predjama Castle)Haunted houses: Slovenia - 11(©Predjama Castle)Haunted houses: Slovenia - 11(©Predjama Castle)Haunted houses: Slovenia - 11(©Predjama Castle)Haunted houses: Slovenia - 11(©Predjama Castle)Haunted houses: Slovenia - 11(©Predjama Castle)Haunted houses: Slovenia - 11(©Predjama Castle)Haunted houses: Slovenia - 11(©Predjama Castle)Haunted houses: Slovenia - 11(©Predjama Castle)

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