The Witches Pond
Just outside Romania’s capital city, Bucharest, in the vast forest Boldu Forest lies a small but mystical pond. Best known as the Witches Pond, this tiny body of water would be inconspicuous to most who aren’t aware of its reputation.
This algae layered pond has many mysterious, legends and tales of ghosts surrounding it. Many people have experience unexplainable phenomena in the vicinity of the Witches Pond and many others visit this sacred site to specifically seek out its supposed natural power.
Mysteries and Hauntings of the Witches Pond
The inconspicuous Witches Pond has a fierce reputation well known amongst Romanian locals. It is not a popular site for them to visit and many believe that the pond’s water is cursed.
Though many are wary of the pond’s alleged powers, others are drawn to the area. The Witches Pond is named for the many witches who gather in the area. It has become a very popular place for Romanian witches as well as others from all over the world who have made the pilgrimage to visit the powerful pond. The pond is rumored to contain great energy that causes any spell to be cast near it to cast successfully. This is why the site is popular amongst the Wiccan and why it is visited on sacred celebration days.
Further folklore surrounding the pond states that Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad the Impaler or the real-life inspiration for Dracula, was killed at the Witches Pond. The true history of Vlad’s death remains a mystery but rumors stating that the leader and infamous warlord was beheaded in this area in 1476 prevail. Many also believe that Vlad Tepes haunts the area he was supposedly murdered. There have been numerous reports from individuals who state they’ve seen his apparition wandering the surrounding forest.
Stories of the Witches Pond’s strange properties have existed for a long time. One rumor from the past is that pregnant women who did not desire to carry their babies to term would use the pond as a tool to terminate their unwanted pregnancy. It is told by entering the water, their babies would be lost. Additional stories warning of the water’s strange properties exist. Many have claimed that no animals or wildlife live in or around the pond. Animals are said to never drink from the water, preferring death by dehydration to consuming the Witches Pond’s water.
More strange phenomena are said to occur at this site. There is no distinguishable source of its water and many people claim that no matter the environment around it, the pond will never dry up. Additionally, there have been abnormal weather phenomena to occur surrounding the pond. Some people have witnessed storms, rain, and even snow to suddenly appear in a very isolated location near the pond.
Visiting the Witches Pond
The Witches Pond is certainly an interesting place to visit for the many stories and legends surrounding it. It is also a beautiful and serene place surrounded by dense forest. It is not far outside of Bucharest and easily accessible by car. Its location can be found here. The pond is a short walk from the road and has a path to follow. It should be noted that there is no parking at the entrance to this pathway, so it is best to get dropped off. The entrance is also off a busy highway and great care should be taken navigating to it. Traffic is heavy and there are no pathways beside the road for pedestrian use. Whilst the pond is small, it is unmistakable and easy to spot.
If you enjoyed this article and are looking for other haunted places to visit in Romania, I recommend reading about the Carta Monastery.
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