From creepy forests which are said to house the ghosts of the dead, to a sinister prison with a past of brutal incarceration. Plus a strange landmark built by a man living in fear after being haunted by the ghost of a young girl. These ten locations are most frequently described by visitors as being the most creepy on the planet.
10. The Stanley Hotel, Colorado
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, the grand 142-room hotel dates back to 1909 and was the inspiration behind Stephen King's bestseller 'The Shining' and its 1980 film adaption of the same name. Like its fictional counterpart, the Overlook, the hotel has a reputation for being haunted. The hotel has also served as a location for numerous paranormal investigation shows such as 'Most Haunted', 'Ghost Hunters' and 'Ghost Adventures'.
9. Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, San Francisco Bay, California
The eerie maximum high-security federal prison on Alcatraz Island is sure to feature in anyone's list of creepy locations. The infamous prison housed the most dangerous criminals from 1934 to 1963, but started out its life as a military prison in 1910. The foreboding three-storey cell-house consists of the main four blocks of the jail, A-block, B-block, C-block, and D-block, as well as other prison services. The cells were primitive and lacked privacy, with a bed, a desk and a washbasin and a toilet.
8. The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
This sinister hole in the ground is the Darvaza gas crater and it has been burning since 1971 and shows no sign of stopping. The crater is 69 metres in diameter and is the result of a natural gas field collapsing into an underground cavern. The fire was actually started by geologists who set the crater alight to prevent the spread of methane gas.
7. The Bermuda Triangle, Atlantic Ocean
A legendary region of the North Atlantic Ocean, which is said to have claimed this lives of many pilots and sailors. The Bermuda Triangle is said to have a higher number of unexplained disappearances of aircrafts and ships are ships that any other stretch of ocean. The cause of the triangle's properties have been debated for years. Some think its paranormal, others think natural phenomenon could be at play, and there are those who say that claims are false or greatly exaggerated.
6. Aokigahara Jukai Forest, Japan
For generations this forest on the northwestern flank of Japan's Mount Fuji has had a reputation as being a home to ghosts of the dead. Recently it has attracted worldwide attention being dubbed "the suicide forest." Sadly, hundreds of bodies have been recovered from the forest in the last few decades, which has resulted in signs being placed at the entrance to the forest urging suicidal visitors to seek help and not take their own lives.
5. Akodessewa Voodoo Market, Togo
This has to be the most creepy market in the world, situated in the capital city of Togo, which has a longstanding history of voodoo. It boasts the title of the world's largest voodoo market. Its traders cell everything from monkey heads, skulls, dead birds, crocodiles, skins and other products of dead animals.
4. The Paris Catacombs, France
A labyrinth of ancient stone mines under the street of Paris hold the remains of more than six million people, created in the 18th century to ease the pressure on the city's overflowing cemeteries. Today the catacombs are open as a museum, although only a small portion of the caverns are accessible to the public.
3. Hoia Baciu Forest, Romania
Described as the most haunted forest in the world with some believing that the forest hides a portal to another dimension. The forest's reputation is fuelled by frequents claims of disappearances, unexplained lights, and whispers from behind the forest's crooked trees. Visitors to the forest have also reported seeing ghostly apparitions and mysterious faces in photographs taken there.
2. Chernobyl, Ukraine
An eerie, abandoned ghost town lies in the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The city of Pripyat was home to almost 50k people until April 1986, when they were evacuated following the explosion and release of radioactive material from the power plant. The city survives as a strange snapshot capturing the moment in time when residents were suddenly forced to leave without notice. The creepy Pripyat amusement park and its iconic ferris wheel are slowly being reclaimed by nature.
1. Island Of The Dolls, Mexico City
Dolls are creepy at the best of times, but imagine a whole island full of them. The Isla de las Muñecas is a floating garden on a canal in Xochimilco. It's said that a local man who was a bit of a hermit, found a doll floating in the canal after a young girl drowned there in mysterious circumstances. He hung the doll from a tree as a sign of respect and started to experience paranormal activity in the form of mysterious whispers and disembodied footsteps. Driven by fear, he spent the next fifty years of his life hanging more and more dolls, some missing body parts, all over the island in an attempt to appease what he believed to be the drowned girl's spirit. Since his death in 2001 the area has become popular with tourist, who bring more dolls to add to the eerie collection.