Mysterious Abandoned Places Around The World
Have you ever been exploring in an unfamiliar part of town when you stumbled across an old, abandoned marvel? It doesn't happen to everyone, but when you find something as rare as this, you remember it forever. Come with us on a journey of discovery as we make our own journey around the world's most stunning abandoned places!
Most readers will remember the utter tragedy that was Hurricane Katrina in 2005. What many people don't know is that many places there are still abandoned, and this Six Flags is included in that. Of course, there have been discussions over what to do with the property, but so far there haven't been many good ideas about how to restore or use the property!
If you think the outside of this house is spooky, you should imagine how creepy it is on the inside! This Belgium home was built just after the turn of the century, and it has since been used in films and TV as a haunted house backdrop. It's everything you would expect from a 'haunted house:' peeling antique wallpaper, shattered glass... eek!
This incredible hotel may look futuristic, but it was built in the late 1970s in Krk, Croatia. The brutalist architecture made for the perfect setting for actors and global leaders, but in the 1990s, the war began, and tourism wasn't quite so high up on the agenda. The hotel is now in ruins, but nonetheless, it remains a beautiful building. Maybe one day it will be restored!
This image isn't computer-generated - no, it's from an abandoned house in Kolmanskop, Namibia. The houses in this village used to be inhabited by diamond miners, but when more diamonds were found elsewhere, everyone cleared out for greener pastures. The homes here were all filled with sand, and now, like many other places on this list, are used for movie sets.
This abandoned Gentzrode can be found in Neuruppin, Brandenburg. Unfortunately, it seems as though the property brings bad luck! When it was initially finished in the late 1870s, the construction turned out to be so expensive that the von Diebitch family went bankrupt. Other owners only held onto the property for a few years at a time, and the soil quality turned out to be very poor indeed.
In Dixon Cove, Roatan, in Honduras, a violent storm pushed this massive vessel into the channel and left it stranded. There are quite a few rumors about this wreck, including one that says it caught fire and was abandoned, and another that says it was carrying wood. The third tidbit of gossip says that it had marble onboard! Perhaps all of the rumors are true, and it was a boat that caught fire while carrying both wood and marble!
Have you ever been to Detroit, Michigan? There was a fire at the railway station on Boxing Day of 1913, which meant that the new station, which was not quite completed yet, had to be put to use a little earlier than anticipated. Before the First World War, train stations got a lot of use, with over 200 trains pulling out of the station every day. But after the war, the railway was mostly only used for military personnel.
Moreton Island, near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, is a stunning place of natural wonder. It's so beautiful, in fact, that it even makes rusty ships look lovely! Boat-owners asked for these old barges to be sunk here specifically to create a little safe haven for smaller ships in these crystal-clear waters off the coast of Queensland.
Cape Romano, Florida, is home to these curious abandoned dome houses, which may look like they were built hundreds of years ago, but in fact, they were built in the 1980s. Bob Lee was an oil producer who had these little houses built in the 80s, and in 2005 they were sold to John Tosto, which lasted only a while before the dome houses were destroyed in Hurricane Wilma. They still exist nowadays but are only accessible by boat.
It might look like a hyper-real scene from a video game, like BioShock or Final Fantasy, but this dilapidated building is in fact, an abandoned Italian castle. There are many of these kinds of old structures across Europe, which are often much spookier than video games! Castles like this are often littered with relics from centuries past, which makes them oddly beautiful.
The Pripyat City Amusement Park is located in Pripyat, Ukraine, and was open for only a day before the entire city was evacuated. The people of the city would never return, as the reason that they all had to leave was the Chernobyl disaster. Pripyat Amusement Park remains a ghost town, and parts of it have the highest remaining Chernobyl radioactivity.
If you are sharing a nice day at the beach with your family and find something weird in the sand, the last thing you think is on a plane. This particular fighter plane was buried for 65 years since World War II! According to the story, the pilot, Robert F. Elliot, had to make an emergency landing during a practice mission in 1942 because of a fuel problem. Unfortunately, the landing destroyed many parts of the aircraft, but the pilot allegedly escaped unharmed.
These motorcycles were owned by the Puente Piedra National Police, located in Lima, Peru. Unfortunately, they were abandoned due to problems with the budget for its maintenance and operation. Some of the Harleys of this police force were sold in bulk to motorcycle lovers because of how difficult it was for them to obtain spare parts. In order to assemble a beautiful Harley, they had to buy several to collect the correct pieces. They were sold for $ 1,300, but with maintenance and renovation, they can be worth up to $ 12,000.
It would be incredible to hear all the stories that this spooky theater inside a hospital could tell us. It was opened in 1904 with only 95 patients but grew up to 3,186 patients in 1955. Many of the buildings in this hospital were connected through underground tunnels.
This remarkable home is the abandoned house of Pencho Semov, a Bulgarian Industrialist. Like many other self-made millionaires, Semov was born to a very poor family, but capitalized on industry to the point that they called him the ‘Bulgarian Rockefeller.’ In his will, he asked for two of his properties to be turned into boarding schools. One was for poor girls, free of charge, with the other for wealthy girls, and a small associated fee.
This shipwreck in Ontario, Canada, was once the majestic H.M.S. Ontario! It was a British warship that sank in the 1780s, which makes it one of the oldest vessels to have been found in Canada’s lakes. It was discovered in 2008, between Rochester on the American side of the border, and Niagara on the Canadian side of the border. Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville began hunting for this boat 35 years earlier, but it took them a long time to find it!
All across the USA there are abandoned railway bridges just like this one. Train travel was the way to go, back in the 1800s, but once automobiles became the norm, many rail bridges were neglected as routes were scaled back and people took their cars instead. This dilapidated old bridge is in Pennsylvania, USA, and would likely have cost a great deal to repair, which may have been why it was left to rot.
Don’t you think that this house looks like something out of a horror film? The image was taken during an electrical storm in Nebraska from the photographer’s car. He didn’t realize that he had captured such a great shot at the right time and got a wonderful surprise when he got home and went back through his images. You can’t quite see what the lightning is striking, which makes it even spookier.
Here we have another natural German beauty, but this time on Obersee Lake in Berchtesgaden National Park. No one knows who built the original structure, but whoever did definitely had some peaceful alone time in the midst of this natural wonderland. It is a fisherman's hut, which was purposefully built on the water. We wonder what it looks like inside!
In Ireland, between the villages of Sneem and Kenmare, there lie many beautiful abandoned buildings. They are really something to see! This is along the Kerry Way walking trail in County Kerry, and you can walk right around in a circle, 133 miles beginning in Killarney! It's not quite as easy as it might sound - you really want to make sure you're ready to hike that far if you're going to attempt it!
Here we have yet another imposing shipwreck! The SS America was a passenger ship that sailed the seas for many decades - right from the 1940s until the 1990s! The ocean liner was also part of a historic espionage case where 31 agents from the Duquesne Spy Ring were convicted by the FBI. There had been two Nazi spies aboard the boat in 1941, but it ran aground in the 90s after a storm near the Canary Islands.
If you go to Lagoon Beach in Milnerton, South Africa, you might just find this abandoned little beach bug. Not a creepy-crawly, of course, but a 'Love Bug,' as Volkswagen Beetles are sometimes nicknamed. It's not clear why this little guy was abandoned, but maybe someone just took it out a little too far and it got stuck in the sand!
The discovery of gold, silver, and other mineral deposits tend to cause chaos wherever they are found. In 1845, silver deposits were uncovered here on Silver Islet, Lake Superior, Ontario! The quality of the image tells us that it was taken around 1911 after the tiny town was abandoned. $3 million worth of silver was extracted before it became too costly to run the equipment needed to mine silver.
We're beginning to think that building a luxury hotel might not be such a great idea. Halcyon Hall, in Millbrook, New York, was built 9 years after Lucy the Elephant and lasted only 11 years before being shut down. Six years later, it was turned into Bennett College, which housed a school for girls. But by 1977, the college was bankrupt, and the massive property was totally demolished a few years ago.
Well, that brings us to the end of our little journey through time! Which one of these places you were most surprised by? It has inspired us to go out and find some deserted places in our own towns and cities. If you enjoyed looking at these stunning images, be sure to share them with a friend, and if you're in the mood for a little more wonder, check out a few more articles!