There is something about abandoned places that sends a shiver down even the bravest man’s spine. By now, about 99% of the internet have seen Pripyat, the haunting city left abandoned by the Chernobyl disaster.
#1. Shicheng, China
When a hydro-electric plant flooded the area over a half a century ago, it left the millennia old city underwater. Divers in search of a beautiful yet haunting experience explore this modern day Atlantis.
#2. Ryugyong Hotel, North Korea
Much of North Korea’s capital looks abandoned from the outside but none are as haunting as this hotel which was planned to be the jewel of the country. Construction has been repeatedly discontinued for lack of funds, but recent changes suggest that the project might actually get finished soon.
#3. Six Flags, New Orleans
When Hurricane Katrina hit, it flooded this once popular park. Whilst the water has now receded it was never successfully brought back from disarray. It has now become a spooky exploration ground for urban explorers.
#4. Gulliver’s Travels Park, Japan
Whilst we’re on the theme of theme-parks, Gulliver’s Travels Park is one of the most surreal places on earth. Perhaps unsurprisingly a lack of interest led to the park’s closure. Now brave travelers can climb up onto the giant reclining statue of Gulliver and sit and enjoy the stunning view of Mt Fuji in the background.
#5. Mirny Diamond Mine, Siberia
This giant hole was constructed to satisfy Stalin’s craving for diamonds. But as the miners dug deeper and deeper it became too dangerous even for the USSR to continue digging. It shrouded with mystery and creepy stories.
#6. House of the Bulgarian Communist Party, Bulgaria
Striking from the outside, and stunning from the inside. This Soviet era structure paints a picture of a world that could have been.
#7. The Island of the Dolls, Mexico
The island of dolls or Isla de las Munecas may look terrifying, but there must be a perfectly innocent explanation right? Wrong. The story says that the islands caretaker discovered a girl’s body in the woods and so he did what any rational person would and collected hundreds of dolls to appease her spirit. In a chilling twist, his own body was found years later in the same spot he claimed to have found the girl.
#8. Sarejevo Bob Sled and Luge Track, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzigovina
Another eerily beautiful location is the remains of the old Winter Olympic grounds. It is all too easy to imagine the crowds that once filled this stunning location.
#9. Military Hospital, Beelitz, Germany
A one-time sanatorium that was converted into a military hospital, this remarkable structure would make the perfect setting for a horror movie. It was used as a hospital until 1995, and now is all but closed. Some of the buildings are said to still be used for research purposes, but we can only guess at what sort of research it is.
#10. Abandoned Doll Factory, Spain
There are no words to describe just how terrifying this place is. There is little information available on it, the only thing that most people appear to agree on is that they would do anything to avoid spending a night there.