The 40 Most Breathtaking Abandoned Places In The World
These eerie destinations give a strange, yet fascinating look at our planet after people.
1 | A tree growing through an abandoned piano
2 | Overgrown palace, Poland
Source: Lucas Malkiewicz
In 1910, this grand palace was built as a home for Polish Royalty. The rest of the century proved uncertain for the country and under communist rule the palace became an agricultural school, as well as a home for mentally handicapped adults and children. The former palace was deserted following the fall of the USSR.
3 | Jet Star Rollercoaster, Seaside Heights, New Jersey
The Jet Star Rollercoaster was left submerged in the Atlantic Ocean after Superstorm Sandy in 2013. It stood rusting for six months, until it was plucked from the sea.
4 | Abandoned House in the Woods
5 | Church in St. Etienne, France
6 | An abandoned church with a few lingering parishioners, Netherlands
7 | Doll factory, Spain
8 | Tree growing around an abandoned bicycle
9 | Shipwrecks in a sandbar, Bermuda Triangle
10 | Floating forest, Sydney, Australia
11 | Movie theater in Detroit, Michigan
With Detroit’s decline, many of its historic buildings have fallen into disuse. This movie theater is both a fascinating and sad example.
12 | Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California
Source: Ed Roppo (rustyjaw on Flickr)
The Mare Island Naval Shipyard acted as a submarine port during both of the World Wars. In the 1990s, the building was abandoned and flooding has since created an amazing mirror effect.
13 | Victorian-style tree house, Florida, USA
14 | Forgotten Bugattis
15 | The Titanic wreck
The titanic took its first and last voyage in April, 1912. It was not until 73 years later that the decaying wreck of what was once the greatest ship in the world was discovered. The 1,500 souls lost with the vessel had been devoured by sea life, leaving behind a ghost ship.
16 | Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture, France
17 | Spreepark, Berlin, Germany
Spreepark, opened in 1969, was the only amusement park in East Berlin during Soviet rule. When the wall fell, bigger and better parks opened, leading to Spreeparks closure in 2001.
18 | Library, Russia
19 | Island Home, Finland
20 | Chris McCandless’ magic bus, Stampede Trail, Alaska
Bus 142 was left behind by the workers who built the railway at Stampede Trail. Christopher McCandless, an American hitchhiker whose story was told through the movie “Into The Wild, lived and died in what he referred to as the “magic bus” during the summer of 1992.
21 | Turquoise Canal, Venice, Italy.
Just like any other city, areas of Venice are boarded up and abandoned.
22 | Staircase to nowhere, Pismo Beach, California
Once giving access to the beach, the walkway that connected this staircase to the bluffs has long since rotted away.
23 | Nara Dreamland, Japan
Source: Chris Luckhardt
Nara Dreamland was built in 1961 after Disneyland took the world by storm. The entrance to the park was almost identical to Disneyland and included its own version of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. The park closed in 2006 because of low visitor numbers.
24 | Abandoned mining track, Taiwan
25 | Abandoned Jetty
26 | Bare footprints in an abandoned nuclear reactor
27 | An abandoned waterpark
28 | Boathouse, Obersee Lake, Germany
29 | Abandoned hallway
Source: Matthias Haker
30 | Methodist church, Gary, Indiana
Gary, Indiana, was founded in 1905 during the boom of US steel. During the 1950s, more than 200,000 people worked in the bustling city. As the manufacturing sector declined, nearly half of the city fell into disuse.
31 | Church in the snow, Canada
32 | Blue spiral staircase in a European castle
Source: Matthias Haker
33 | Soviet naval testing station in Makhachkala, Russia
34 | Church steeple peeking out of a frozen lake, Reschen, Italy
Lake Reschen is an artifical reservoir which submerged several villages and a 14th century church.
35 | Glenwood power station, New York
Source: Will Ellis
The Glenwood Power Station, built in 1906, has long been obsolete. After closing in 1968, the sight was used as a backdrop for creepy thrillers and zombie movies.
36 | Flooded Mall
37 | Abandoned theater
38 | Car graveyard, Ardennes, Belgium
Many American soldiers based on the Western front during World War 2 purchased cars for personal use. When the war ended, they proved too expensive to ship home and many were left abandoned in this eerie graveyard.
39 | Driverless bumper cars, Chernobyl, Ukraine
40 | Abandoned Sanatorium. Berlin, Germany
41 | Abandoned House in Virginia