10 of the Most Spooktacularly Mysterious Attractions in France

France is filled with old, fascinating and spooky places to see. Check out these mysterious attractions in France that will send a shudder down your spine.

Taking a trip to France and want to see more than the usual museums and sidewalk cafes?

Like most of Europe, France is full of culture, but it also has a dark and spooky past. There are plenty of beautifully creepy sites with a ghostly story behind it. Many of them from hundreds of years ago.

Where do you find these historical haunts?

They’re everywhere! If you’re a traveler with an interest in the macabre, France is the place to visit. You can easily plan a tour of the country that’s chock-full of paranormal activity.

France is filled with old, fascinating and spooky places to see. Check out these mysterious attractions in France that will send a shudder down your spine.

1. Mont St-Michel

Mont St-Michel is an island off the coast of Normandy. To get there, you have to cross a causeway that becomes completely submerged during high-tide.

If that doesn’t sound creepy enough, it’s also said to be haunted by Captain Louis d’Estouteville. During the Hundred Years’ War, the Captain and his troops killed 2,000 Englishmen in one battle. Their blood stained the beach until the tide rose and washed it away.

On the island, there still stands a beautiful monastery. The ghosts of the monks and fallen soldiers are said to haunt the island alongside the Captain. With a few thousand spirits floating around, you’re bound to find one!

2. Jardin des Tuileries

A famous French ghost story is that of The Red Man of Tuileries. One version of the tale says that the Red Man was a butcher who was murdered in the gardens.

Supposedly, Catherine de M?dici ordered his death because he knew too many secrets about the royal family. Soon after, an astrologer told Catherine that the butcher would haunt Tuileries until it was destroyed.

He has been seen roaming the gardens for hundreds of years. Even Marie Antoinette claimed she saw the spirit.

3. Chateau de Commarque

Another battle during the Hundred Years’ War took place around the Chateau de Commarque.

This was one of the most deadly fights that took place during the war. One victim was a young man who was in love with the Earl of Commarque’s daughter. He was gruesomely beheaded.

It’s said that the ghost of the man’s horse haunts the chateau. He sadly roams the grounds, searching for his master.

4. Pere Lachaise Cemetery

What better place to look for ghosts than in a cemetery? The Pere Lachaise Cemetery is especially spooky, as it’s one of the largest graveyards in Paris. Over 300,000 bodies are buried there.

During a visit, you might find some famous spirits wandering the grounds. Jim Morrison of The Doors and Oscar Wilde were both laid to rest there.

Even if you don’t see something spooky, it’s still a worthwhile attraction. Built in 1804, the cemetery is full of beautiful sculptures and tombs.

5. Abbaye de Mortemer

Abbaye de Mortemer is home to one of the most famous ghosts in France, The White Lady. The former abbey is now a historical monument that sits in the Forest of Lyons.

It has been said that the ghost is the daughter of the abbey’s founder. Many people have reported sightings of The White Lady. Despite an exorcism of the abbey in 1921, a picture of the ghost was taken in 1999.

Abbaye de Mortemer embraces its ghostly reputation. Schedule your trip here during one of their candle-lit “Ghost Night” performances.

6. Paris Catacombs

The Paris Catacombs is probably France’s most famously creepy attraction.

Though Pere Lachaise Cemetery is one of the largest graveyards in Paris, this underground cemetery puts it to shame. The Paris Catacombs is the final resting place of over 6 million individuals, making it one of the largest in the world.

The passageways of the catacombs are lined in real human skulls. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen, which is why it’s such a popular attraction.

If you want to visit, you’ll have to take a tour. The maze-like tunnels are disorienting. People have been known to get lost here, their bodies found years later.

But, since it’s so popular, tours can come with a line. Websites like The Paris Guy have ticket options that will allow you to skip ahead. Check it out!

7. Chateau de Trecesson

You can’t visit Europe without checking out one of the many beautiful castles. Visit the Chateau de Trecesson for one with a sick and twisted history.

The castle was built during the 15th century, but its famous ghost story is set in the 1750’s. Dubbed the Bride of Trecesson, a young woman was said to be murdered on her wedding night by her brother.

Accused of ruining the family name, she was buried alive in her wedding dress. In addition to the Bride of Trecesson, a headless ghost also haunts the castle.

8. Ile de la Cite lies Rue des Chantres

Rue des Chantres is the spookiest street in Paris. Located near the Notre Dame Cathedral, it’s said to be home to the spirits of many children.

In the 1900’s, children with tuberculosis were quarantined at a hotel on the street. They were locked in their bedrooms to keep them from leaving and infecting others.

But, in 1910, they all drowned during The Great Flood of Paris. When the River Seine overflowed, they were unable to escape the hotel. Now, people claim to see their spirits playing in the courtyard.

Check Out These Spooky Attractions in France

These mysterious attractions in France are as beautiful as they are spooky. Be sure to bring an extra croissant to offer any ghosts you might run into!

Looking to visit another area with a haunted past? Then New Orleans is the place to go! Check out this article, “New Orleans History: Info and Fun Facts.”

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