Halloween in Germany: What are Berlin’s most haunted spots?

At first glance, these spots may simply seem like serene remnants of the past. But they have a spookier side - learn more if you dare!

Halloween in Germany: What are Berlin's most haunted spots?
The the Künstlerhaus Bethanien is said to be positively crowded with apparitions. Photo: DPA

If there's any city in the world that has reason to be haunted, it's Berlin. Devastated by war, divided in two for fifty years, it's been host to countless tragedies.

Indeed, in its over eight hundred years of history, one can only imagine the number of unquiet dead with cause to wander. 

The most famous spirit associated with the city would have to be the White Lady of the Berliner Schloss. Long, long before its current reconstruction, the halls of the palace were said to be roamed by a female wraith – the first reports hail from the mid-17th century.

The Berliner Schloss during construction in 2018. Photo: DPA

If a terrifying spectre haunting one's halls weren't enough, sightings of the figure were meant to signify the impending death of one of the ruling Hohenzollern dynasty! Speculation as to the identity of the spirit ranges from a medieval member of the family who murdered her children, to a spurned lover of a family heir – the truth is, well, hard to make out. 

Less obscure is the spectre said to roam the ruins of the Franzisker Klosterkirche in Berlin-Mitte. In life, the medieval Friar Roderich was a mean, stopped figure with a limp. Unlucky in love, it is said, he became a monk and took out his frustration in a number of sadistic ways.

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In death, his presence is said to make itself known as a terrifying spirit, determined to scare the wits out of passersby – although these days he might mistaken for a lost clubber! 

The Franzisker Klosterkirche. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Over in Kreuzberg, the Künstlerhaus Bethanien is said to be positively crowded with apparitions – and fair enough too, since it was once one of the city's busiest hospitals, specifically dealing with the poor and destitute of the growing 19th century city.

Whether the figures artists claim they've seen lurking in their studios are actually the dead lurking where they once drew their last breath, or are due to spirits of a different kind, we cannot say. 

However, for a truly frightful experience, we recommend a visit to the Friedhof-Grunewald Forst, in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. This was a 'Cemetery of the Nameless', so called because it was very near the spot that bodies lost in the nearby Havel river, including suicides, would wash up.

Cemetery of the Nameless in Grunefeld. Photo: DPA

Visitors have described the overwhelming feeling of being watched as they walk among the graves, an icy atmosphere even on warm days and strange, smoke-like entities floating by the tombstones.

Considering the sad fate those interred there, we can't blame them for expressing themselves in those ways.


There are many, many more spirits said to haunt the streets of Berlin. To learn more, we recommend 'Die Gespenster von Berlin' by Sarah Khan, if you feel confident with your German. 

Have you had a frightful, paranormal encounter in the German capital? Email us and we will post some of the best we receive! 

READ ALSO: VIDEO: What are Germany's most haunted places?


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Events guide: Where to celebrate Halloween in Germany

Everybody scream, everybody scream, here's where to celebrate Halloween in Germany.

Events guide: Where to celebrate Halloween in Germany
Halloween is becoming increasingly popular in Germany. Photo: DPA

More and more Germans are carving pumpkins and putting in their vampire teeth to celebrate Halloween, the holiday which originates from the old Celtic festival Samhain. 

According to folklore, on the evening of October 31st, the dead rose from their graves and attempted to repossess the living. So, the Celts would dress up in order to scare them away, or to disguise themselves so that the dead wouldn't find them.

This traditional pagan festival has since become a commercial celebration in the USA and around the world, with Halloween’s popularity increasing in Germany since the 1990s, especially among the younger generation. 

In Germany, October 31st is also Reformation Day, which celebrates the reformation of the church. The states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia enjoy a public holiday on Reformation Day, meaning their Halloween enthusiasts can spend an entire day “um die Häuser ziehen” (“going around the houses”, how Germans refer to trick-or-treating) – or, sleeping off the hangover from a Halloween party the night before!

As well as going around asking “Süßes oder Saures” (“sweets or sours”, you guessed it – Germany’s way of saying “trick or treat”), there are plenty of events going on in Germany to celebrate spooky season.

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Take a walk around the Babelsberg Film Studio in Potsdam, the oldest large-scale film studio in the world, where classics such as The Blue Angel with Marlene Dietrich was filmed, as well as modern icons such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds.

For the Halloween season, the studio has been kitted out to resemble a real-life horror film, with characters from several classic horror films and some original faces roaming around, waiting to jump out at you. 

As well as photo opportunities with Pinhead and Chucky, several attractions are open such as a live maze, simulator and refreshment stands. 

Just make sure to look over your shoulder, as Pennywise may be behind you…


Nowhere offers a Halloween atmosphere quite like the Burg Frankenstein near Darmstadt, a 1000 year old castle ruin thought to be the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. 

Since 1977, the Castle has offered a Halloween spectacle, the first of its kind in Germany. Within the castle walls during the Halloween party, there is a panorama restaurant, food and drink stalls, a monster bar, VIP lounge and gift shop. 

Across 12 infamous scare zones, there are 100 monsters lurking including Pennywise, Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and beings from the underworld. The three new scare zones for this year are entitled The Clown’s House, Death Zone and Chainsaw. 

This event is certainly not for the faint hearted, though if you’re a thrill seeker who loves a good adrenaline-rush, this is the Halloween party for you.


According to the self-confessed “Home of Halloween”, the historical Berlin Dungeon, there is no better place to be in Berlin to enjoy all things spooky. This year, the Dungeon is putting on a special Halloween show: Will you survive the curse of the witch? 

The belief in witchcraft is rooted deep in both German and wider human history. During the Middle Ages, when science was not advanced enough to explain illness, death or forces of nature, society would often suspect that witchcraft or black magic was behind it.

Visitors to the Dungeon will embark on a 70 minute journey through time between Hackescher Markt to Alexanderplatz, as you are transported to the 16th century, where many witches were believed to have roamed the Berlin streets.

Along the way, you’ll encounter several characters such as a vengeful witch hunter, a helpless farmer and a devilish “white woman”. By the end of the journey, will you survive the gaze of not only the witch, but the fanatical witch hunter?


For those of you looking for a more family-orientated Halloween event suitable for children this year, why not travel down south to Germany’s Legoland resort in Bavaria?

On the day of Halloween, the resorts offers free entry to children up to age 11 who arrive dressed in a Halloween costume. Though kids won’t be the only ones dressed for the party, as guests will be greeted by park dragon Olli, who will also be in his Halloween costume for the celebrations. 

The resort will offer a special Halloween atmosphere, with ghosts on the loose around the park. Guests are invited to knock on the door of the Trick or Treat House, or to walk through the Spooky Trail, if they are brave enough. 

Ghastly creatures are waiting for you in the park, as well as the world premiere of Grusical in the LEGO Arena, a spooky show exclusive to LEGO Deutschland. This event promises plenty of shudders and laughs for the whole family! 




The gardens of Ludwigsburg Castle is home to a unique, hidden treasure: the world’s largest pumpkin exhibition

It may sound like a niche-market, but even those who aren’t particularly enthusiastic about pumpkins can enjoy the towering sculptures made from 450,000 pumpkins of 6000 varieties. Artists bring to life thousands of pumpkins, with puss in boots, Medusa and a unicorn among many others transforming the park into a fairytale pumpkin kingdom. 

During Halloween, we tend to underestimate what’s inside a pumpkin for the sake of carving its skin. However, this event isn’t short of plenty of pumpkin-based dishes, such as pumpkin soup, pumpkin spaghetti, pumpkin strudel, pumpkin lasagna, pumpkin tart and pumpkin bread. Who knew the classic Halloween fruit could be so versatile? 

Once the event has converted you to a year-round pumpkin fanatic, you can take home a selection of pumpkin jam, pumpkin pesto, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil, and pumpkin noodles from the gift shop.






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For those of you looking for a wilder Halloween party, look no further than Kulturwerft Gollan’s Halloween party in Lübeck. 

What promises to be the biggest Halloween rave in Northern Germany, the main stage theme this year is 1990s Halloween Hell, with a DJ team from Berlin and Charlene playing best pop, dance and rave hits from the 1990s throughout the night. 






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Of course, no Halloween party would be without flying bats across the stage. If you don’t fancy a throwback this Thursday, there is also a Bloody Hall, featuring confetti from the glitter canons, with DJs Weidti and HouseKaspeR playing house, EDM and techno music. 

Hosted in a former shipyard, Gollan is the perfect location to compliment the atmosphere of a Halloween rave with multiple themed sound stages. Food and drink is available on-site throughout the night, as well as prizes for the three best Halloween costumes.  

So, get your capes on, and get ready to party the night away!