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In a city as old and historic as Vienna, it’s no doubt that it’s going to host one or two places that have an eerie vibe to them. It’s hard to describe what exactly this vibe is, but one word comes to mind – haunted.Vienna’s got a number of places that own ghost stories that will give your goosebumps when standing in their presence. You can pay our restless Viennese ghosts, and give yourself the thrill of a scare, by visiting these 10 haunted places!

Hofburg – Most haunted places in Vienna

The Hofburg is probably one of the most haunted places in Vienna. Not only is there supposed to be a guard who was falsely accused of rape and is now still trying to prove his innocence, but rumour has it that even Sisi is roaming around the hallways at night. They say that during her lifetime, the Empress was fascinated by the supernatural and that’s why many people believe her spirit is still amongst the living.

Nußdorferstraße 45 – Most haunted places in Vienna

Even though Franz Schubert hasn’t released any new music in quite some time, his ghost seems to be coming up with new rhythms all the time. It’s said that unexplainable things seem to happen quite often in Schubert’s birth house at Nußdorferstraße 45. Some visitors claim to have heard weird knocking noises, footsteps and a select few have reported to even have felt the old composer’s presence. Maybe Schubert is really desperately trying to compose a new hit album from the afterlife.

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Seitenstettengasse 6 – Most haunted places in Vienna

A white cat that brings mischief to anyone who looks at it? Sounds like something straight out of a creepy children’s story, right? Well, for the Viennese this is the story that goes with the Katzensteighaus.As the story goes – a woman once tried to poison her husband but died herself that night. The basement walls and windows are all blocked off and it’s known that no tenant stays for long. Coincidence? We think not. And what is up with that one old wooden chair in the basement that is emitting electromagnetic rays even though there is no electricity network nearby? All of these things indicate this building’s full of people living there that are no longer the living.

Esterházygasse 9 – Most haunted places in Vienna

Glasses falling off tables, plates dropping out of the cupboard, and the sound of furniture being moved about. All of this seems to happen occasionally at the restaurant, Kaiserwalzer. Some regular guests even state that they’ve had encounters with shadowy figures while dining. The Kaiserwalzer used to be the premsise of the k.u.k. Hofkunsttischlers Bernhard Ludwig maybe he is the one who likes to join guests while they’re having their beer.

Hoher Markt – Most haunted places in Vienna

During the 14th and the 19th century, the Hoher Markt was the most famous site where executions took place in Vienna. Yep, it may look fancy now and house one of the fanciest supermarkets in the city (you can think of that next time you order a Leberkäse semmel), but back in the day, this is where hundreds of people were killed. Most people who were sentenced to death here were either hung and quartered (when executed people are chopped up into pieces). So think about it the next time you walk by – maybe you’ll feel the torment these people had to endure deep in your bones.

Leopoldsberg – Most haunted places in Vienna

Ever since the castle was built on Leopoldsberg in the twelfth century, people tell each other ghost stories about the place.. Most dogs don’t even dare to go near it and passersby often report seeing lights in the windows like somebody is walking around the halls with a candle. Can it be the ghosts of the royalty who once lived there? Saint Leopold himself? Or maybe it’s the members of the Turkish or Polish-Austrian armies who clashed in a battle there during the Second Siege ofVienna. You might want to investigate that place yourself on one of your autumn strolls.

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Friedhof der Namenlosen – Most haunted places in Vienna

Friedhof der Namenlosen, Alberner Hafenzufahrtsstraße, Vienna, Austria
Ghost hunters from all over the world make a pilgrimage to the cemetery of the nameless. Apparently, it is one of the most haunted places in Europe. This wouldn’t be too surprising considering most of the people buried there encountered their death at the bottom of the Danube. Some of them drowned some of them were drowned.Visitors claim to have seen reflections in the gravestone plaques and felt a strange feeling of not being alone. Maybe it’s true and the nameless souls cannot rest until their names are known.

Augustinerstraße 12 – Most haunted places in Vienna

Countess Elisabeth Báthory liked to spend most of her winters right here in Vienna. In the Stadtpalais at Augustinerstrasse 12 to be exact. According to her maids, Elisabeth killed more than 80 young girls. Most of them visited her to learn courtly etiquette and never made it back home. They say that to kill these young women, good old Lizzy used various gruesome methods of torture. According to the legend Viennese people tell each other: Fresh blood dripped down Elisabeth’s skin while torturing the girls and she realized that she wouldn’t age where the blood had touched her skin. If you listen closely, you might still hear the screams of pain coming from the Stadtpalais.

Rauhensteingasse 10 – Most haunted places in Vienna

Until 1776, the Malefizspitzbubenhaus – the city’s criminal prison – stood where the building at Rauhensteingasse 10 stands today. In its basement, prisoners were gruesomely tortured in order to force a confession out of them. A woman who had been accused of being a witch was so sacred of the forthcoming torture that she jumped in a nearby well to kill herself. According to the legend prevailing at the time, her corpse was not allowed to be cremated. So her body was put in a barrel and thrown into the Danube destined to rot far, far away from Vienna. No wonder she’s haunting the place.

Blutgasse – Most haunted places in Vienna

The houses of Blutgasse in Vienna’s first district have a history that goes way back to the Middle Ages and are located in one of the oldest areas in Vienna. Since 1862, the official name of the street is Blutgasse. There are many fascinating stories explaining the name, but the most common is the one about the Knights Templar.Legend has it that in 1312, during the dissolution of this religious order of knights, numerous Templars were slaughtered in Blutgasse. They say their blood flowed down the alley and that’s how the street got its name. It wouldn’t be surprising if one of them is still out there, wandering around with their sword, waiting to avenge their death.Source: https://viennawurstelstand.com/

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By Lala