If you must tether your immortal soul to the realm of the living, you might as well do so someplace fabulous
  1. Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France
    The tallest building in the Loire Valley, Château de Brissac is perhaps best known as the site of the grisly murder of Charlotte of France. Legend has it that Charlotte, the illegitimate daughter of King Charles VII, was killed by her husband after he discovered her adulterous behavior. The Green Lady, named for the color of the dress in which she met her end, is said to haunt the castle’s tower. http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/most-beautiful-haunted-houses-slideshow
  2. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Calgary, Alberta
    One notable tale includes an unfortunate bride-to-be who immolated herself when descending the candlelit stairs in full wedding attire. The Ghost Bride of the Fairmont Banff Springs, as she has since been dubbed, can supposedly still be found in the hotel’s ballroom eternally waiting for her first dance. http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/most-beautiful-haunted-houses-slideshow
  3. The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
    This neo-Georgian mountain hideaway is best known as the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. Its staff claims it is only visited by “happy ghosts” and that nearly every room has a unique ghost story, like that of the maid from Room 217 who is known to pack away guests’ clothing when they aren’t looking. http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/most-beautiful-haunted-houses-slideshow
  4. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
    Nestled at the head of Edinburgh’s Old Town, this 12th-century fortress was, for many years, an active military base. If its stone walls could talk, they would tell grim tales, including that of a piper who entered the castle’s tunnels never to be seen—or heard from—again. To this day, visitors report music echoing through the fort’s empty chambers. http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/most-beautiful-haunted-houses-slideshow
  5. Poveglia Island, Venice, Italy
    A short gondola ride from the romantic canals of Venice, Poveglia Island holds the decaying remains of an early-20th-century insane asylum. Originally a quarantine zone for those suffering from the bubonic plague, Poveglia reportedly played host to brutal medical experiments. The asylum closed when a doctor flung himself from the institution’s highest tower. http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/most-beautiful-haunted-houses-slideshow