We, humans, usually have a big sense of curiosity. We can’t help feeling curious when we walk by an abandoned building, or a big, strange palace and wonder what’s inside. We ask ourselves about its story, about the families that inhabited it, and if there’s ghosts inside. Luckily for us, this world is full of mysterious places that makes us wanna grab a flashlight and a camera to explore. But if you’re too scary to do that, just stay at home looking at these 50 creepy and abandoned places that we gathered for you. These places are so incredible that you will want to visit them ASP.
Eastern State was one of the first modern prisons in the United States. It served from 1821 to 1979 and held prisoners some infamous people like Al Capone and Willie Sutton. It is now a National Landmark and we think that the home of several ghost waiting to tell their story.
HORROR MOVIE CASTLE
Chateau Miranda was built in Belgium to hide french aristocrats during the revolution. It then became an orphanage, and since 1980 it’s abandoned. The owners refuse to let the government take care of the place and because of it’s past is often visited by some ghost hunters.
New Bedord Orpheum was a movie theatre, but also contained a grand ballroom, shooting range, various offices and meeting spaces, a gymnasium and a retail space on the lower level. It was opened in the night of April 14th of 1912, while the Titanic was sinking. This theatre seems to have follow the ship’s steps and is totally abandoned since the fifties.
I dare you to lie in that stretcher. This was a german hospital build sometime during the nineteenth century. One of its most infamous patients was Adolf Hitler, who recovered here from a leg wound. Some parts of the hospital are still in use, but most of them were abandoned in 1995.
HOTEL IN COLOMBIA.
Now we are talking. This hotel was built in 1928 in Colombia to serve as accommodation for people that visited the falls that are near. It was really successful at the time but then people lost interest and it shut down in the nineties. They say it is haunted. And we don’t have a doubt.
HAVE YOU SEEN THE BARTENDER?
The Pines Hotel was a complex built in 1933 in New York. It has a theatre, a golf course, several pools, conference center, baseball field and of course this bar. It was closed in 1998 and the lack of maintenance on the roof is tearing the building apart.
CITY HALL METRO STATION
This Metro Station was built below the New York City Hall. And because of that, it was given a lot of attention and it’s probably the most beautiful station. But due to security reasons it was shut down in the forties and it remained that way till our days.
THE LAST HOUSE STANDING.
This house used to be a part of what once was a small island in Chesapeake Bay in the U.S. Frequent erosion of the island’s mud led to its disappearance. This house was the last of the remains of Holland Island.
The word Asylum give us the creeps. This was Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane from 1869 to 1995. It accommodated more than 50000 patients during its history and half of them died inside this walls. That means more than 25000 corpses lied on that morgue table.
NOT THAT COOL
This was Six Flags Jazzland in New Orleans. Was one of the places destroyed by hurricane Katrina and remains that way, with no plans of reopening. Time seems to pass by more quickly in this places, you may think that this has been abandoned for decades.
A MASONIC TEMPLE
Many buildings made by the golddiggers during the gold rush in America were abandoned to their luck once the rush ended. It means that there are entire towns totally abandoned. This is a mason temple in Montana.
The story says that the owner of this island in Mexico found the buried body of a dead little girl. Her spirit started to haunt him and to please her he started hanging this creepy dolls everywhere. What makes it more shivering is that the owner was found dead in the same place he found the little girl and the place is abandoned since.
AN ENTIRE ITALIAN TOWN
Craco was founded almost one thousand years ago. Half the population emigrated to America in the early twentieth century and the rest were evacuated over the years due to several climatic disasters. It is now completely empty.
A FLOATING FOREST
The SS Ayrfield, a large ship used during World War II, was set to be dismantled at the shipyard following the war. But this never happened, because the yard shut down. That means that the SS Ayrfield, along with lots of other ships, were left there. Nature has stepped in and the ship looks like out of a movie.
This train station in Georgia (the Country) was abandoned after the war that took place between 1992 and 1993. This station connected Georgia with Russia, and it’s full of beautiful details, such as this plaster work and the mahogany furniture.
THE CITY OF ORADOUR
During World War II, the Nazis thought that an officer was being held captive in the city of Oradour, in France, so they slaughtered the whole city, with a population of more than 600 women, men and children. When they finished, they noticed that they had the wrong information. City remains intact to remember those who lost their lives.
The hut used by the discoverers of Antarctica was left just as it was in 1904. In different conditions, it would probably collapsed, but due to the freezing climate, it remains exactly the same as the first inhabitants of the continent left it.
THE LAB OF HORRORS
This is an old veterinary school in Anderlecht, Brussels. It’s the only building in the campus left for repair. Some say that the people in charge of restoration is scared of what they might find in this old exhibition of animal corpses conserved in jars. I would be too.
A QUARANTINE STATION
This place in Venice used to serve as a military base but when they found out two boats full of plague infected people. Then it became a quarantine station. Intended to be temporary, it was made permanent by Napoleon. It is said so many people died here that the soil is made of corpses.
A FORGOTTEN TOWN IN NAMIBIA
The city of Kolmanskop was once a big mining town in Namibia. But crisis left it completely abandoned in 1950. Most of the buildings collapsed, but most of them are still up, full of sand, giving the word deserted a whole new meaning.
ANOTHER GHOST TOWN
The city of Dhanushkodi is believed to be sacred by the indians. But it is impossible to live there, due to cyclones. One of them devastated the city in 1964, killing even 100 people that were on a train that sank because of the high tides. No one ever lived in this city after that day.
THE VILLAGE OF EPECUEN
Villa Epecuen was a flourishing vacation spot in Argentina in the early twentieth century. It is said that the waters of the lake Epecuen are healing. It had more than 300 hotels, restaurants and other business, but in 1985 a storm broke the dam and sank the entire city up to 33 feet deep. The waters recede completely in 2009 but the city is still abandoned.
The city of Pripyat used to be the home of nearly 50,000 people. But after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster which happened in 1986 it is completely abandoned. Because of the radiation, the city need to be left that way for thousands of years until it is safe to return.
THE PYRAMID HOTEL
This hotel in North Korea it’s just crazy. It has 105 stories and was abandoned for 16 years. They began again in 2008 and from the outside it looks finished, but much of the interior is incomplete. It looks like right out of a futuristic movie set and it makes you think: How many of those rooms will actually be occupied by guests?
A CAR CEMETERY
During the second war a lot US officers based in Europe bought cars for their personal use. But when the war was over they couldn’t afford to take them home and couldn’t manage to sell the, so they just left them in car graveyards like this one, in Belgium.
Glenwood power station worked from 1908 to 1968. It looks a little bit like Grand Central Station in New York and it’s because it was built following the same architectural style. It is abandoned and has been the filming set of several movies, mostly zombie and apocalyptic ones.
Italy seems to be a place for abandoned stuff lovers like us. Lake Reschen in Italy is an artificial reservoir that was created by flooding several villages, including the one where this 14th century church was. When the water is frozen people can walk to the tower and visit it.
A SOVIET STATION
This station was built for some reason in 1939, and is situated two km away from the Russian coast. It has been abandoned for several decades, and it looks dangerously damaged by the Caspian sea waters and salt.
CHURCH OF THE NINE GHOST
This actually made me scream. It’s actually an installation made by an artist in a church in Czech Republic. The church of St. George has been abandoned since the sixties, when the roof collapsed in the middle of a funeral. People thought this was a curse and left the church to the elements. So this artist made this sculptures to avoid the destruction of the place.
Many businessmen in the world tried to replicate the success of Disneyland without much fortune. Nara Dreamland, in Japan, is an example. It worked very well until the 2000s, when visitors started to decline, and finally closed in 2006, remaining untouched and very creepy.
A BUS IN ALASKA
This bus was abandoned in the 60’s by workers who were building the railway line in Alaska. It’s the deathbed of american Hitchhiker Chris McCandless, who lived in this bus in 1992 and died of starvation later. He is portrayed in the awarded movie Into the Wild.
A FIRE THAT IS STILL ON
The city of Centralia, Pennsylvania suffered in 1962 an underground fire, that quickly spread over all the carbon mines that existed under the city. All the attempts to extinguish it were in vain. Many people died because of the smoke in the following years so the government expropriate all the properties. The fire is still burning and they say it will remain doing it for at least 250 years more. Centralia is the inspiration for Silent Hill.
This house looks out of a Children’s fantasy book. But it is actually a treehouse built by a normal father in Washington. He began the construction almost twenty years ago, when his eldest son was five. But he couldn’t manage to finish it until all his children were too grown up. He is now waiting for some grandchildren to enjoy his creation.
On New Year’s Eve 1993, this ocean liner left Greece for Thailand, towed by a tugboat. The tow lines broke during a storm, the ship was left adrift and, on 18 January 1994, it ran aground near Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
This looks like the house of a witch that’s trying to attract young, innocent children and then eat them. But it’s actually part of an abandoned amusement park called The Enchanted Forest that used to exist in Maryland. It can be the house of a witch too, though.
Opened in 1976, Randall Park Mall in Ohio was once the biggest mall in the world. It held several department stores, cinemas and a lot of advanced qualities for that time. It was so important that Randall City logo is the picture of two shopping bags. But it wasn’t enough and it became quite difficult to maintain. So in 2008 they decided to shut it down.
AN ENTIRE ISLAND
Hashima Island was first inhabited in 1887, when they discovered a mine in it. Then, this small island that is nearly four blocks long, accommodated more than 140.000 people. In 1974 the mine closed and the population took off. The stores closed and Hashima was left abandoned, probably forever.
BLACK FOREST MONASTERY
The first St. George’s abbey in the Black Forest, Germany, was built nearly 1000 years ago. It was ruined by several fires over the years, the last one in the seventeenth century. There were many attempts to re-build it, but it never happened.
Built to defend the coast of England during World War II, the Maunsell Sea Forts were left to the elements in 1950. They were used over the decades to transmit illegal radios, and one of them is now occupied by some people that claim it to be an independent nation, called “Sealand”.
It was built in 1385. It is said that it was made to defend England from the French invaders, but some researchers say that it was only made to show off, because the walls are too thin and would’nt resist a fight. It was abandoned in the seventeenth century and since then several areas were destroyed.
Its a known fact that nations happen to spend a lot of money building facilities for the Winter and Summer olympics that after that are completely abandoned. It’s the case of these bobsled tracks used in the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo.
This monument is situated atop of the mount of the same name. It used to be a Communist Congress Room and also commemorates the 1300 years of the creation of the Bulgarian State. It was built in 1981 and it is a colossal construction, that was left abandoned in the late eighties.
MYSTERIOUS ABANDONED FLATS
If you look at these flats in Taiwan you’ll notice they are most likely close to being finished. There’s not too much information about this colossal set of buildings, but what we do know is that they were built due to the demand of new accommodation but the company broke near 1997. They were abandoned and they will probably remain like this forever.
Gulliver’s Park, in Japan, is one strange spot. It was build as some kind of Disney World based of Jonathan Swift’s novel, but it only lasted four years open (from 1997 to 2001) and the giant Gulliver in the center of the park is just amazing. They say the reason of this park’s flop was the proximity to Aokigahara Forest, the second suicidal spot in the world after Golden Gate Bridge.
MIRNY DIAMOND MINE
Mirny Diamond Mine is the fourth deepest one in the world and the second biggest hole ever digged. The mine was definitely closed in 2011 and it’s aerial space is prohibited because there are cases of helicopters being sucked into the hole mysteriously.
This Submarine Base in Ukraine was used till the Cold War, serving as a maintenance facility for submarines. It’s long tunnels go all the way below the mountains and reached the Black Sea, so the submarines could reach the sea without being spotted.
A THEATRE IN DETROIT
Few cities have felt the abandonment like Detroit. When industrial revolution came to an end and a lot of riots arise, a big part of the city was abandoned, leaving two different spaces: The old, rotten Detroit, and the new and vibrant restored city.
THEMED PARK IN VIETNAM
This themed park was never finished, but it has become a site of cult among visitors. You can get inside of a dragon or discover the wonders hiding in the forest. There’s only one thing: It’s full of alligators. The real, living ones.
This was a hearing station built by the americans to spy on the germans during the Cold War. It’s built over a former Nazi Military School and it’s a very cool place to visit if you love graffiti and street art.
A HOTEL IN RIO DE JANEIRO
This magnificent hotel lies in the middle of the forest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. You may ask yourself who thought this place was good for a hotel, but we can’t deny they almost finished it before realizing. It’s closed for visitors but you can get close enough.