Wielkopolska is something of a hotspot for the paranormal, with apparitions and extraterrestrials forming a surprisingly significant part of local lore. The site of an ancient asteroid impact, Poznań seems to have a supernatural spark in the air, and those foolhardy enough to face the weird and uncanny head-on can engage in a bit of ghost hunting while in town. According to locals, if you stalk around the former Royal Castle after dark, you may have the surprise of spotting the 'White Lady’ (Biała Dama) Ludgarda - the wife of Duke Przemysł II. Allegedly murdered in her bathtub by servants in 1283, some stories claim her death was ordered at the behest of her husband. Nowadays her ghost is said to roam what remains of the castle, sometimes with the figure of a ‘Black Knight’ next to her - a mysterious character who was spotted crying at her funeral.
There’s even more chance to see phantoms if you head outside of Poznań. Take for example the story of Halszka, a woman kept captive in a tower by her jealous husband. Forced to wear an iron mask during her fleeting trips to mass she ended her days insane, and nowadays her demented wailing can be heard haunting the tower of Szamotuły Castle, 30 kilometres northwest of Poznań. Finally, check out Łagów Castle halfway between Poz and Berlin. The spooky likeness of former castle commander Andreas von Schlieben was first spotted here in 1820 when the president of the Poznań Treasury saw the ghostly shape of the knight engulfed in flames standing at the foot of his bed. Since then he’s been spotted several times, though only in spring and summer, and only by men. Today the castle also serves as a hotel, and guests with very particular tastes even have the choice of opting for a night in the ‘Torture Room.’ Fitted with a huge solid wood bed, this 'Fifty Shades of Ghoul' experience comes complete with clunky manacles suspended from the walls and other creepy and deviant decor.