Haunted House Of The Week: Houska Castle, Czech Republic

250px-Burg_HouskaNot a very impressive picture, is it? Kind of dull, especially for a castle, right? THINK AGAIN. First, go look at the photos of the interior. It’s cool, I’ll wait.

Freaked out now? Good. Now read this delightfully melodramatic description from Gadling.com’s list of The World’s 10 Scariest Haunted Castles (good list). I’m posting the whole thing because it is EXCELLENT:

Located in the forests north of Prague, Houska castle was never a strategic battle location. It also appears to have no function of outside fortification. It was not built to repel attacks or to keep things out. It was built to hold something in. It was built to close the gateway to hell.

The castle is built upon a fabled bottomless pit from which winged creatures and half-man-half-beasts allegedly exited. Demonic activity persisted at this site and eventually, Bohemian rulers decided to seal up the gateway with a castle. Before sealing off Hell’s realm, it is said that nearby prisoners were granted pardons if they would agree to be lowered by a rope into the hole. The story goes that the first lowered prisoner let out a yell after entering the hole. When he was raised up, he appeared to have aged over 30 years. He died of unknown causes just days later.

Wait, it gets stranger. During the 1930s, the Nazis took over the castle to conduct occult experiments with dimensional portals. Hitler, a paranormal enthusiast, was known to dabble in the occult, and it is uncertain what the scientists learned from Housksa Castle. Years later, during renovations, several Nazi officer skeletons were found, and it appeared they were killed execution style.

The recurring ghosts at Houska are plentiful, and include a giant bulldog/frog/human, a headless black horse and a woman in an old dress who is frequently seen peaking out of the top floor windows. Beneath the cellar there is said to be some nonhuman remains of the beasts that emerged from the hole.

It’s so annoying when your hellmouth castle gets an infestation of half-man-half-beasts. Those things are worse than bedbugs.

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10 Responses to Haunted House Of The Week: Houska Castle, Czech Republic

  1. msmessica says:

    I understand you are in prison, but why would you ever agree to be lowered into a hell pit by a rope, for any reason, no matter what? And conversely, why would you as some sort of governing body want to be messing with your hell pit problem areas?

  2. artdorkgirl says:

    Wait…this just sounds like a description of my school’s library. Are we sure this isn’t in Boston? I mean, we can’t have the pizza cake, but I know we have one of these…

  3. old man fatima says:

    I dare you guys to spend the night in this place. I dare you so hard. Monster road trip, please!

    • Portals to hell might be where I draw the line. Depends on who’s paying.

    • hotspur says:

      There’s been times in my life where I would have taken this dare, and sat on the obviously Satanic throne, happily eating an apple like a big show-off. I would have laughed all the way to the dare bank.

      But I’m not sure who that guy even IS, because current me got nervous just typing about what other me would do. This place is creepy.

  4. Sota says:

    That picture looks so deceiving. Its like those people are just strolling around enjoying the tourist site or something. Makes me wonder if there are other freaky haunted places that I have visited as an unknowing tourist. SHIVER.

  5. I just now read this and I will be having nightmares for the next 30 years, so this house aged me 30 years too.

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