Top 5 most haunted cities in Europe to visit by private jet


Halloween is a haunting tradition celebrated by people all over the world. Every year on the 31st October revellers participate in lots of fun activities and events. These include guising (also known as trick or treating), watching horror movies and carving pumpkins. The tradition is believed to have originated in Ireland, where the Celtics celebrated Samhain. Samhain was a Gaelic festival held after harvest. It honoured the souls of the dead. This was believed to ward off bad luck.

To celebrate a more authentic Hallows’ Eve, we’re taking you on a private jet tour of the top 5 most haunted cities in Europe. Are you brave enough?

Edinburgh

A city known for its history and culture; Edinburgh is a favourite with tourists all over the world. However, Edinburgh also attracts a very large number of paranormal enthusiasts each year. This is due to some of the most infamous hauntings in the United Kingdom and beyond. There are countless haunted sites to see on your visit. These  include, West Bow, Brodies Close, Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh Castle and Niddry Street Vaults. The cities cobbled streets and winding closes make it the perfect backdrop for a Spooktacular Halloween evening.

Nearest private jet airport

Edinburgh Airport (EGPH, EDI) is located approximately 20 minutes drive from Edinburgh City Centre.

Fine dining

The Witchery, Rhubarb Restaurant, The Honours, Ondine, The Kitchen, Wedgewood the Restaurant and Castle Terrace.

Luxury hotels

The Balmoral, Waldorf Astoria, The Chester Residence, Prestonfield House and The Witchery by the Castle.

Paris

Most commonly known for its romantic side, Paris also has a supernatural side.  The Catacombs of Paris are underground ossuaries. They hold the remains of more than six million people making it one of the largest graves in history. Visitors report seeing apparitions and other strange, hard-to-explain sights and sounds, so a visit here is not for the faint hearted.

Nearest private jet airport

One of the busiest business aviation airports in Europe, Paris Le Bourget (LFPB, LBG) is exclusively dedicated to private jets and located approximately a 30-minute drive from the centre of paris.

Fine dining

Restaurant Guy Savoy, Le Meurice, Le Cinq at Four Seasons George V, Epicure & Le Jules Verne, Eiffel Tower.

Luxury hotels

Ritz Paris, Shangri-La Hotel Paris, Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, Le Bristol and Mandarin Oriental.

Prague

Said to be one of the most haunted cities in Europe, Prague is an ideal choice for those looking to be spooked. Much like Edinburgh, the cobbled streets and gothic architecture make it a perfect setting for those looking for an authentic Halloween experience. Houska Castle on the outskirts of the city is believed to have been built over a gateway to hell and people have also reported sighting of  a ‘Headless Templar Knight’ who is often spotted galloping his horse down the streets of Prague, holding his head under his arm.

Nearest private jet airport

Located approximiately 10km from Prague City Centre, Prague Vaclav Havel Airport (LKPR, PRG,formally Prague Ruzyne International Airport) is an international airport dedicated to private jets and scheduled airlines. It is the busiest airport in the Czech Republic.

Fine dining

Les Moules, Zlata Praha Restaurant, Kampa Park Restaurant, Bellevue, Celeste and Mlynec.

Luxury hotels

Four Seasons Hotel Prague, The Emblem Hotel, Mandarin Oriental Prague, Three Storks, Alchymist Prague Castle Suites and Golden Well Hotel.

Dublin

Halloween tradition is said to have originated in Ireland, so it makes sense to include Dublin in our Top 5 most haunted cities in Europe. Dublin’s famous university, Trinity College, is haunted by former lecturer Edward Ford who was murdered in 1734, while Lambay Island off the coast of Dublin, is haunted by the spirits of sailors who drowned when the RMS Tayleur sank on its maiden voyage from Liverpool to Australia.

Nearest private jet airport

Located approximiately 9km north of Dublin City Centre, Dublin International Airport (EIDW, DUB) is one of the busiest airports in Ireland.

Fine dining

The Greenhouse, Locks Brasserie, Kinara Kitchen, Chapter One, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud and Etto.

Luxury hotels

The Westbury Hotel Dublin, The Fitzwilliam, The K Club, The Marker Hotel, The Clarence and The Merrion.

London

A city so ancient and steeped in history, it is no surprise that London has made it into our Top 5 most haunted cities in Europe. When the fog descends, you could be on the set of a horror film. Some places in London are notorious for strange occurrences and mysterious happenings that cannot be explained. These places are home to famous spirits, murders and troubled souls.

One of the most terrifying places to visit is the Tower of London which is a hotbed of paranormal activity. The ghosts of Anne Boleyn, along with Lady Jane Grey are said to haunt the tower courtyard. There are thousands of other ghost stories which have hailed from the English capital. One of which is the story of the crazed old woman who runs through the graves and tombs of Highgate Cemetery. She is aparently looking for the children she murdered but are you brave enough to see for yourself?

Nearest private jet airport

There are a number of airports in London but London City (EGLC, LCY) is the closest airport to central London. Crew must be specifically trained to land at London City so not all private jet operators are able to use this airport. For airports solely dedicated to private jet flights, Farnborough (EGLF, FAB) and Biggin Hill (EGKB, BQH) are great alternatives. Luton (EGGW, LTN) and Stansted (EGSS, STN) are also a popular choice.

Fine dining

Ikoyi, Hide, Angler, Barrafina, Chez Bruce, Clove Club, Club Gascon and Five Fields.

Luxury hotels

The Dorchester, The Savoy, The Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel, The Langham London, The Ritz London, The Connaught, Claridges and Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park.

Vickie Clark is Client Services Director at The Private Jet Boutique Ltd. The Private Jet Boutique Ltd. is a one-stop shop for private jet charter, helicopter charter, scheduled flights and luxury holidays.

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Comments (11)

  1. Dan Swan says:

    Interesting that Prague is said to be one of the most haunted cities in Europe. What would a European league table of most haunted cities look like? Surely Paris would be close to the top with all these souls down in the catacombs? And what about world wide? Which cities beyond Europe would be in the Premier League for hauntings?

    • Catherine Moran says:

      I would be interested to know where the most haunted, spooky places are worldwide too. There are quite a few places in America that are known for mysterious goings on. Not sure what Australia or NZ are like on the haunted scale though.

    • Vickie Clark says:

      Hi Dan, thanks for your comment. When researching for this post, I came across quite a number of haunted places worldwide. As you can imagine, the US had lots,as well as Mexico, South Africa and Canada but one that caught my eye was in New South Wales, Australia. Check out Monte Cristo Homestead – it sounds and looks scary!

  2. Catherine Moran says:

    Even though I’m not particularly suspicious and I don’t believe in ghosts, I’m still a sucker for tales of spirits and hauntings! I’ve never been to Edinburgh as it’s rather far up North from where I am but it’s on my bucket list. I hadn’t actually thought of going for Halloween but it makes good sense, there’s definitely a lot of ‘activity’ where the paranormal is concerned around those parts. There are quite a few places in the Cotswolds that have a rep for ghosts, too, plenty of old pubs and such and lots of ghost walks for those who want to learn a little more about the history of the places.

    I read a thriller novel about the Catacombs of Paris and it was one that really gets under the skin, I loved it. Now I genuinely do get a bit of a claustrophobic, creepy feeling when I think of the underground trails there! For those who can afford it, the really high rollers, it would be amazing to do a whole private jet tour stopping off at all of these across a week. By the end of it you would either be a complete sceptic who doesn’t believe in any of it, or haunted and traumatised by the week!

    • Vickie Clark says:

      Thanks for the comment Catherine. I am from Edinburgh and I would definitely recommend a visit whether for the spooky tales or just to experience the beauty of the city. I am sure you will love it. What was the novel about the Catacombs? I would love to read it.

    • Catherine Moran says:

      It’s really bugging me because I can’t remember who the author was. It’s more than likely one of the ‘usual bunch’ I read, American crime thriller authors like Kathy Reichs, David Baldacci, Karin Slaughter, etc. Sorry! If I do come across it again or my memory decides to kick in I’ll come back and let you know! I did a quick Google search and found quite a few Catacomb based novels, which is unsurprising when you think how interesting and eerie the setting is, making it perfect for horrors and thrillers.
      I’ve heard quite a lot of good things about Edinburgh; I know two bloggers who live there, one in her 50s and one early 20s at Uni there, and both love it. I just wish it were a little closer for me to get to, but one day I’ll get myself there. Have a lovely weekend, Vickie.

    • Vickie Clark says:

      Hello Catherine, no problem. I will take a look at some of the books by the authors you mention. I do like a good crime thriller myself :) If you ever to decide to visit Edinbugh please do give me a shout and I will recommend some places to visit.

  3. Leo says:

    With a private jet in your hands you could do the ultimate a Halloween tour. Why not take in 2 or 3 cities on Halloween night?

    • Vickie Clark says:

      Hi Leo, thanks for your comment. Yes, this is definitely one of the benefits of flying by private jet. You could take in all these cities in one day. Might be a bit too spooky for some though :)

  4. Nick says:

    Love the selection of ghostly, misty, foggy photos. All very menacing and mysterious.

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