Are you always seeking moments and places to make your hair raise? Why not try to explore a completely abandoned farmhouse, building, or asylum?
Stories behind the desolation of some places in the list are completely shrouded in mystery, just like the people who once occupied them and vanished without any trace. Most of them, however, are equipped with rational explanations about their abandonment. Few even have tales that are accustomed to the paranormal and beyond.
Take a peek at the world’s most spine-chilling yet hauntingly beautiful abandoned places. Get yourself ready . . . who knows what you might encounter in your exploration.
1. Six Flags – New Orleans, Louisiana
The now-abandoned Six Flag New Orleans (formerly called the “Jazzland”) may seem creepy, but behind its ominous ambiance, there is nothing but the desolate amusement park rides and attractions. Only one death had been reported during operation hours, when a woman was hit by a car from one of the rides. Unfortunately, the park was closed when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans last 2005.
2. Michigan Central Station – Detroit, Michigan
Built in 1913, the Michigan Central Station was the passenger station in the Railroad Michigan Central Railroad in Detroit. A fire razed the previous station of the same name with the last Amtrak train, leaving the quay on January of 6, 1988. Along its deserted tracks, there are no unusual sightings reported, and only one death has been known, when a trespasser fell 40 feet down to its basement.
3. City Hall Station – New York City, New York
The inauguration of City Hall or City Hall Loops, the southern terminus of the first underground line of the city , was on October 27, 1641. The New York’s ancient metro station was previously constructed by the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) Company in a public area fronting the city hall for the demonstration of the new subway.
4. Abandoned Coal Plant – France
5. Red Sands Sea Forts – Sealand, United Kingdom
To protect United Kingdom from the German invasion during the Second World War, Maunsell Forts were constructed with plans from its designer Guy Maunsell. These small fortified towers were built in the estuary of Thames and Mersey. In the late ’50s, when the army abandoned them, they have been used for other activities. One of them even became a dependent micronation of Sealand.
6. Tunnel of Love – Kleven, Ukraine
This unused tunnel in Ukraine surrounded by green arches is three kilometers in length. Currently, this serves as a popular romantic walkway for couples.
7. Canfranc Rail Station, Spain
The International Station Canfranc served as a border railway station between Pau Canfranc and Canfranc Jaca in the province of Huesca, Aragon, since 1928. The line abruptly came to a standstill in 1970 when a derailment incident collapsed the bridge on the French side of the mountains.
8. Dadipark – Dadizel, Belgium
The Dadipark started as a playground for children who visited the basilica during pilgrimage. It later turned into an independent amusement park. Unfortunately, visitors in the park declined after a man lost his arm in a terrible accident in the Nautic Jet ride in 2000. They closed the park two years later, announcing that the park would undergo a major face-lift. However, the park never reopened.
9. Orpheum Auditorium – New Bedford, Massachusetts
Formerly known as the Majestic Opera House, the theater opened the same day that the famous Titanic sank. It was owned by The French Sharpshooter’s Club of New Bedford, where it features an armored shooting range and a ballroom. The place operated for 50 years and served troops who fought in the Great War and the Second World War. When the building suffered a decline, they turned it into a movie theater with 1,500 seats. Unfortunately, it closed in 1959 and was only opened for special events.
10. Gulliver’s Travels Park – Kawaguchi, Japan
Who would miss a 147-feet Lemuel Gulliver sprawled across the ground? However awesome it sounds, the park only operated from 1997 to 2001 due to lack of visitors. Gulliver’s Kingdom is situated near Mt. Fuji, but it is believed that the location of the park led to its shutdown since it was built in the Aokigahara region, near Japan’s famous “suicide forest.” Within the proximity of the park is the Kamikuishiki village, which is known to be the headquarters of the notorious Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult that was known to be in a mass production of nerve gas.
11. Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Architect John Haviland designed the penitentiary in neo-Gothic style in 1829. The place also served as a prison for the infamous gangster Al Capone who was convicted for the carrying of illegal arms in 1929. Nonetheless, he served his detention inside luxuriously as he had his cell carpeted, complete with antique furniture.
During 166, it was announced as a National Historic Landmark but was closed down in 1971. Today, the Eastern State Penitentiary only opens its doors to the public as tourist attraction.
12. Eilean Donan – Loch Duich, Scotland
Governed by the Highland Council Area, Eilean Donan is an islet in the United Kingdom in Scotland and is accessible with the island of Great Britain via stone bridge, which leads to the castle in the large part of the island.
Since the early 13th century, the building underwent several renovations, but the 1719 battle left it in ruins. Between 1912 and 1932, the MacRae clan claimed and remodeled the place while preserving its architectural design.
Today, visitors from all over the world consider it as the most romantic castle in entire Scotland. The castle has also been featured in various films.
13. Domino Sugar Factory — Brooklyn, New York
During its operation in 1882, it was considered as the world’s largest sugar refinery. It was originally owned by the American Sugar Refining Company that produced the Domino brand sugar. The refinery came to an end in 2004, while several buildings in the complex were given a landmark status in 2007.
14. Pripyat, Ukraine
Sitting in the Kiev Oblast (Chernobyl Raion) in Ukraine is the ghost town of Pripyat. This community was built in 1970 in alignment with the construction of the Chernobyl power plant. Obviously, the town was deserted after the 1986 nuclear accident. Most residents of Pripyat, often the whole family, worked in the said plant, which estimated the population of 49,330, and among them were 15,550 children.
15. Military Hospital – Beelitz, Germany
The once majestic Beelitz-Heilstätten, or the Beelitz Sanatorium, was constructed between 1898 and 1930 as a part of the initiative by the German National Insurance Institute after finding out that its countryside location was an ideal place to erect the sanatorium since it was also close to Berlin, allowing their patients to be treated in fresh air.
The sanatorium was later used as a German Imperial Army military hospital when World War I broke. At the time, the hospital housed Adolf Hitler after he acquired a thigh injury in the Battle of Somme in 1916.
The entire 60-building complex also acted as a village, complete with butcher’s, a post office, a restaurant, a bakery, and even its own power station that melted the snow in Beelitz-Heilstätten even before it reached the ground.
During World War II, the sanatorium fell into the Soviet occupancy after being bombed by the Allied Forces in 1945. Even then, it continued to operate as a military hospital.
16. Holy Land USA – Waterbury, Connecticut
Inspired by selected passages from the Bible, the Holy Land USA is an 18-acre theme park with a chapel, stations of the cross, and models of catacombs and Israelite villages that were constructed from cinder blocks, bathtubs, and other unused items.
During its peak years, the park accommodated more than 40,000 visitors per year but was soon closed down in 1984 for plans of expansion and renovation. Sadly, the site was left unfinished when its founder, Greco, died in 1986.
In 2014, the park opened again for the first time in 30 years for the public to visit.
17. Disney’s Discovery Island – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
The public first saw Discovery Island when it was opened on April 8, 1974 in Walt Disney World Resort. This particular zoo and nature reserve is situated in an island of 4.45-hectare Bay Lake.
Exactly 25 years later after its launching, the park was immediately closed, but it continued to be managed for three months. Animals were relocated to the Animal Kingdom, a homonymous island in the center of the resort.
18. Railroad in the Fall – Lebanon, Missouri
19. Hashima Island, Japan
Hashima, or more commonly known as Gunkanjima or Gunkanshima (translated as “Battleship Island”), is one of the uninhabited parts of the Nagasaki Prefecture. The island’s most notable structure was the unoccupied apartment buildings and the surrounding sea barrier.
20. Empty Organ Room
21. Sanzhi UFO Houses – San Zhi, Taiwan
In 1978, the UFO Sanzhi houses, or the saucer houses, were constructed to be utilized as vacation resort for US military officers after serving their East Asian deployments. They were built in the northern coast near Tamsui. Sadly, the project was never finished due to investment losses, car accidents, and suicides during its construction. It is believed that the unfortunate spate of incidents was caused by destroying the Chinese dragon sculpture in the gates of the resort to widen the area. However, some speculated that the resort was a formal resting place of Dutch soldiers who died in the war.
Today, the site stands as a minor tourist attraction in the city due to its futuristic architecture.
22. Overgrown Section of the Great Wall of China
The historic Great Wall of China has been around for centuries now. To fortify the Chinese empire, the wall was built to protect China against invaders from the north. The seventh-century wall extends less than 21,200 km and secludes 43,721 individual objects and areas.
23. Bannerman Castle – Pollepel Island, New York
This castle belongs to the 1900s wealthy Scottish arms dealer Frank Bannerman. He had made a huge profit from retailing ammunition in the Spanish-American War. He bought an island and constructed the castle, which was designed after his roots, as his personal ammunition depot.
Since the castle burned down in 1969, the ruins were never reconstructed. The castle is now owned by the New York State Office of Parks.
24. Christ of the Abyss – San Fruttuoso, Italy
Originally, the bronze statue was found with no arms, but it was later recovered with no hands, which had to be replaced. The Christ of the Abyss was then placed in the Mediterranean Sea, situated 17 meters in depth in the Bay of San Fruttuoso Camogli, Italy.
Its sculptor Guido Galletti made the masterpiece that symbolized the benediction of peace. The sculpture was then removed from the water in 2003 due to the increasing growth of crustaceans and corrosion on it. After the restoration, the statue was returned to where it belonged in 2004.
25. Abandoned Power Plant – Belgium
26. Mirny Diamond Mine – Eastern Siberia, Russia
Mirny Mine is another name for the Mir Mine, and it operated as a diamond mine. It is located in Sakha Republic in eastern Siberia.
The remnant of the mine left a huge aperture that is 525 meters deep and 1200 meters in diameter. This made it to the list of the deepest excavations in the world where it ranks as fourth, behind Oudatchnaïa (also in Russia), Chuquicamata in Chile, and Bingham Canyon in the United States.
27. Abandoned Mill – Ontario, Canada
28. Abandoned Church with Chairs Still Standing
29. Aniva Rock Lighthouse – Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia
The oldest lighthouse still in operation today is the Bell Rock Lighthouse off the coast of Angus in the North Sea off Scotland. The architect of the said tower is Robert Stevenson, and it was built during the nineteenth century.
30. Energomash Plant – Russia
This Moscow rocket factory supplied diverse engineering devices and instrument worldwide. The company’s motors previously powered most Russian spacecrafts from 1965 up to the present. The last project known to be constructed by the factory, in partnership with Pratt & Whitney, was the RD-180 in 2000. This Russian rocket motor supplied power to the United States’ Atlas rocket fleets.
31. Wreck of the SS America – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
SS America was built in the ’40s by the naval architect William Francis Gibbs under the United States Lines. Between the 54 years of her seagoing service, she used different names as she bounced from one company liner to the other, before finally taking a rest in its current wreckage.
32. Willard Asylum – Willard, New York
Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane once housed 400 patients between 1910 and 1960. After its depreciation, the asylum was abandoned in 1995, and the New York State Office of Mental Health decided to turn the entire building into a rehabilitation center for prisoners.
Meanwhile, Bev Courtwright, a Willard employee, was given the task to inspect the whole building for anything that could be salvaged. When she unlocked the old asylum attic, she discovered 400 suitcases stashed in there. All of them contained the possessions of its former patients who never left the facility, then died and buried in the cemetery across the road.
33. Wonderland Amusement Park – Beijing, China
This amusement park never saw its opening as it still stands today unfinished. The construction was located in Chenzhuang Village, Nankou Town, Changping District in China, which was20 miles outside Beijing.
Wonderland was supposed to be the largest park in all of Asia, occupying 120 acres of land. But its construction was ceased in 1998 because of financial problems involving local officials. Talks about the revival of its construction came around in 2008 but was never pushed through.
34. Château Miranda – Celles, Belgium
Also known as the Miranda Castle or the Noisy Castle, this nineteenth-century neo-Gothic citadel was built in 1866 by the English architect Edward Milner in Celles, province of Namur in Belgium. Occupants of the said castle was the Liedekerke-Beaufort family who abandoned their previous home, the Vêves Castle, during the French revolution.
The succeeding generations of the family were in control of the property until World War II, when the National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS/SNCB) took over, and converted it into an orphanage until 1980.
Since 1991, the place remained desolate, even though the Celles municipality offered to handle the Château Miranda. The family refused the proposal and left the building in its deserted state.
35. El Hotel del Salto – Colombia
Prior to its renovation to be the Museo Casa Salto, the establishment in San Antonio del Tequendama, Colombia, erected as a derelict hotel that overlooks the Falls on the River Teqeundama Bogota.
They opened their doors in 1928 to wealthy travelers who intend to take a visit to the falls. When the river became contaminated over the course of decades, its popularity declined gradually.
The hotel, however, holds a grim past as it was a famous spot for suicides by jumping off the steep cliff. Other stories claimed that drunk patrons would fight in the bar located in the second story. The fist fight would then go out in the balcony where one of them would eventually meet and fall to their fate.
36. Farmhouse – Seneca Lake, New York
37. Częstochowa Train Depot – Poland
The city of Częstochowa plunged into the twentieth century as one of Russian Poland’s leading industrial centers. The city was former part of the Kingdom of Prussia and the Russian Empire during the eighteenth century until World War I.
Nowadays, it has become a tourist attraction, which draws millions of visitors and pilgrims annually due to its rustic and overgrown appearance. It was a surprise that this train depot was even abandoned due to its six railway stations.
38. Underwater City – Shicheng, China
It was hard to believe that the city of Shi Cheng (translates as “Lion City”) was part of the civilization at the foot of mountain Wu Shi. It was founded in 208 BC during the rule of Han Dynasty. Due to the September 1959 flood in the lake during the operation of the hydroelectric plant in Xin’an, the city, now sitting at 26 to 46 meters, submerged in water.
Inside the ancient underwater city are well-preserved houses and buildings with its three city gates and walls that once protected the village.