This article was originally published on Travlerz
There's something hauntingly beautiful about looking at what was once a bustling city or town and seeing only trees. When people move out, mother nature moves in and what used to be pristine skyscrapers become covered in vines with towering trees leaning against them. These sorts of places may sound rare, but they are in fact quite a few tucked away in hidden corners of the Earth. How they got there, and why nobody has moved back, is one of the strangest and most mysterious parts of these hollowed-out places. This is a collection of these abandoned areas that few people ever get a chance to visit, or to even see.
The Châtillon Car Graveyard, Belgium
A graveyard of hundreds of half-dismantled and rusty classic American cars in a Belgian forest is quite fascinating, right? Well, the graveyard is in Châtillon, a village in southern Belgium. The cars in the graveyard used to belong to the US soldiers that were stationed in Belgium on behalf of NATO during World War II.
There was a mechanic in the village that used to repair the cars, but the war ended and the soldiers had to leave their cars behind. Although it was up to every soldier to make a decision on whether to take the car back to their country, most of them decided not to take them. It is because they had to pay for the shipping. It took years for nature to take over the cars. Now, most of the abandoned cars have been removed due to environmental reasons. But there are still many left in the forest.
An Abandoned TU-144 Super-Sonic Passenger Jet, Kazan City
Looking at this photo can make anyone wonder why on earth someone parked a TU-144 passenger jet in their backyard and then completely abandoned it. It is not that someone was trying to hide it because it is not the most strategic location at all.
The jet was first discovered by people who were simply walking by it. As expected, the word spread like wildfire and before anyone knew it, the area was swamped with photographers and curious people.
A Store In Fukushima Abandoned For Years
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred at a nuclear power plant in Ōkuma in 2011. As it was the most severe nuclear accident after the Chernobyl disaster that occurred in 1986, the government was forced to declare an evacuation zone around the plant. It meant that they had to quickly evacuate about 154,000 residents from the communities because of the rising off-site levels of ambient ionizing radiation. It was by far one of the greatest catastrophes in the country's history.
The reason behind the nuclear disaster was the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, which caused the nuclear power plant to shut down the active reactors and their fission reactions automatically. As the entire population of Fukushima had to evacuate, this abandoned store has over $135,000 worth of gaming consoles and other items left inside. There is even money in the cash registers and the vending machines still have snacks and drinks. Fukushima has now become a ghost town.
Abandoned Ferris Wheel in Chernobyl
The citizens of Chernobyl highly anticipated the opening of Amusement Park in Pripyat City. The park was all set to be opened on May 1, 1986, but the Chernobyl disaster happened in the same year. The Ferris wheel is still there to remind people of the 1986 accident.
By the way, the amusement park opened for just a couple of hours on April 27 so that people could enjoy the rides before the start of evacuation. We recommend you to watch 2019 mini-series titled Chernobyl. The breathtaking dramatization of the chaos and horrors of the disaster is simply brilliant. It was an unsettling incident, but the mini-series brilliantly shows the entire affair.
Christ Of The Abyss, Italy
Did you know that over 80% of the sea is still unmapped and unobserved? No wonder why scientists have not yet discovered the entire sea and they openly admit that there are so many secrets at the bottom that are still unknown to us. The mysteries of the deep sea are quite fascinating. This bronze statue (15 meters deep) is one of the fascinating things down there. Sculptor Guido Galletti created the statue, which represents Jesus Christ looking towards heaven.
Initially, three statues like this were placed deep into the sea. This one is the first statue built in 1954 and placed near the spot where the first Italian scuba diver Dario Gonzatti died. In 2003, the statue was removed from the location due to restoration purposes and was placed back at the same spot the next year.
Six Flags Theme Park, New Orleans, USA
This theme park in New Orleans is one of those painful reminders of Hurricane Katrina that caused havoc on August 25, 2005. There were a total of 1,833 fatalities and damage of $125 billion (2005 USD). The people still remember how much damage it caused to a lot of properties, including the Six Flags. Most of the properties damaged by the hurricane are still abandoned.
Although there were a few suggestions about restoring the theme park, there has been no action taken as of yet. And some even wanted to demolish it. Let's see what happens to this theme park that is now only used in some movies.
Abandoned McDermott's Castle, Ireland
The McDermott's Castle is located in County Roscommon Island. If we go into more precise details, it is located on an island on the Lake Lough Key. In the 12th century, the first castle was built on the island. But when the fire broke out in 1184, it was entirely burnt down and almost everyone living there was burned or drowned. Conchobar mac Diarmata and some of his people were among the few survivors. Another castle was then built a few years later.
However, the McDermotts lost the island in 1586 and they ended up just abandoned it. Although ivy now covers the walls of the castle, its beauty remains. In a 2014 castle show called Moone Boy, the castle was used, and then Bob Geldof visited it in 2016 for a BBC documentary on Yeats. The Yeats adored the castle so much that they wanted to turn it into an Irish culture and heritage site.
One Of The Largest Man Made Holes
This is The Navel of the Earth, one of the largest man-made holes in the entire world. This place may look empty and ugly now, but there was a time when it was known for the production of diamonds. It produced such expensive diamonds that could make any person rich beyond their wildest dreams.
The Mir Diamond Mine (also called Mirny Mine) in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia, is more than 525 meters deep. Due to harsher working conditions and other issues, the mine was closed in 2004.
US Lockheed P-38 Lightning From World War II, Wales
People try to find different things buried in the sand and some can find really rare stuff as well. But what about finding a warplane that was buried in the sand for over 65 years? So the pilot of the plane, Robert F. Elliot, was on a practice mission in 1942 when he had to make an emergency landing due to a technical fault in the plane. During landing, the plane was severely damaged.
He was lucky enough to escape without any serious injuries. It is unfortunate that he died three months after the plane accident when someone shot him.
An Abandoned Theme Park, Japan
There is an abandoned theme park in Japan that has only one ride left inside: a gigantic Ferris wheel. It is quite remarkable that it is the only ride left in the Kejonuma Leisure Land, which was opened in 1979. The park was a big hit as it used to have over 200,000 visitors every year. And the rides were not the only thing that the amusement park offered.
It also used to offer small huts and campsites to people who didn't want to stay at a hotel. Unfortunately, the theme park closed in 2000. Instead of leaving the place, the owner decided to drill for hot water. However, the Ferris wheel is still left behind.
The Swinger's Tiki Palace Chattanooga, Tennessee
This palace was built in the 1970s and is located in the Smokey Mountains, Chattanooga, Tennessee. At first, it was meant to be the dream house of Billy Hull, a strip club owner. The most attractive things about the palace was a playboy bunny pool and a sauna/Jacuzzi for 12 people. Moreover, every room of the house had an intercom system and TV monitor.
Billy had to give up his dream home as he went to prison because his wife's boyfriend was shot in 1973 and it was Billy who hired the shooter. He was found guilty of murder and received a sentence of 20 years in prison. Although the house was listed for sale in 2014, it was so vandalized that it was in foreclosure by 2015. The playboy mansion was later condemned and demolished in 2017.
A Hotel On A Cliff In Colombia
There was a time when this hotel used to be popular among tourists. It may look spooky now, but it was majestic in its time. The hotel is surrounded by mountains and the guests used to enjoy their vacation by observing the spectacular waterfall and stunning landscape. However, there was one event that caused the downfall of the hotel.
Industrial waste contaminated the Bogota River and even the authorities were not trying enough to fix the issue. So, visitors came for some time but eventually stopped coming entirely. Another reason for the downfall was that some people used the cliff to commit suicide. And that's why there are rumors that the hotel is haunted.
Mar Sem Fin, Antarctic Shipwreck
There are many abandoned ships at the bottom of the ocean. Some of them are perfect spots for scuba diving as well. But this Antarctic shipwreck is unique. It is a 76-foot long Mar Sem Fim Brazilian research vessel that looks like glowing in the freezing cold water.
The vessel didn't go down so easily. It battled winds of over 60 miles an hour but got trapped in ice in Maxwell Bay, King George Island. The ship was used for educational and scientific expeditions. Luckily, the entire crew escaped before the ship sank in 2012. By the way, it is one of the most advanced vessels that lie in the freezing cold Antarctic waters.
A Volcano Eruption In Karo, Indonesia
Many homes have been abandoned in Karo, Indonesia due to frequent eruptions of the Mount Sinabung volcano. This photo is of the church that was also abandoned. The Sinabung volcano came back to life in 2010 in 400 years. The volcano, which is still quite active, forced thousands of residents to evacuate their homes in 2015.
Due to eruptions, the villagers had no other option but to leave everything behind. Regardless of frequent eruptions, many villagers came back to live in their homes after some time.
A Not So Eco-Friendly Power Station, Belgium
As one of the largest coal-burning plants in Belgium, this power station was so powerful that it could easily cool down approximately 500,000 gallons of water per minute. Built in 1921, it became the main source of energy for the city of Charleroi by 1977.
However, the problem with the plant was that it was causing 10% of the total carbon dioxide emission in the country. Therefore, members of Greenpeace protested to have the plant closed. Eventually, it was closed in 2007. Now, it is not entirely abandoned as security guards protect the plant from looters who are after its scrap metal.
A Half Sunken Ship, Roatan, Honduras
This is Dixon Cove Wreck and there are many rumors about what happened to it in the 1970s. For instance, there is a rumor that a storm pushed the ship in the channel and that's why it is stranded there.
Allegedly, the ship was carrying wood and the crew tried their best to unload the cargo in an attempt to save the ship, but pillagers came and took the wood. As per another rumor, the ship was carrying marble. And another rumor is that the ship was used during the Nicaraguan Revolution. We don't know which rumor is true and which one is not.
The Wreck Of The SS America, Near The Canary Islands
Although its primary use was as a passenger ship, it was used by the Navy during World War II. By the way, it is popular because of the two Nazi spies who were crew members and were a part of the Duquesne Spy Ring. The FBI finally exposed them and they were convicted along with 31 other people - a conviction that is still the largest espionage conviction in the country's history.
In 1994, the ship was on a 100-day journey when a storm caused the ship to run aground near the Canary Islands. As a result of it, the ship split in two.
Lucy The Elephant, New Jersey
This humongous elephant was built in 1881. At first, it was called the Elephant Bazaar. This elephant-shaped building served a hotel for some time as well. But the building endured many disasters. For instance, one time a fire broke out and another time the howdah from Lucy's back was blown off. At the end, the city decided to abandon the building in 1960.
But the good news is that a developer tried to tear down Lucy but people formed a committee and prevented it from happening. Now, Lucy the Elephant is restored.
St. Joseph Frozen Lighthouse, Lake Michigan
There is absolutely no denying the fact that nothing can come close to Mother Nature when it is about creating astonishing sights. What you see in this photo is a frozen lighthouse on Lake Michigan. Thanks to Mother Nature, the lighthouse looks like a magical ice castle. It is because the weather in December of 2016 was so extreme that spending a few minutes outside could cause frostbites.
There came a point when the temperature dropped down to -34 °C. So, you can understand now how the lighthouse was completely covered with thick ice. By the way, this photo reminded us of the 2004 American science fiction disaster The Day After Tomorrow in which a sudden worldwide storm pushes the entire world into a new ice age. The film was a huge commercial success as it became the sixth highest-grossing film of 2004. So, you can watch the movie to get a slight idea of what Mother Nature can do.
Boats Sunk On Purpose, Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia
It is not a ship graveyard, so why are there so many rusty boats together? And why didn't anyone try to remove them? As opposed to other times, these boats were sunk on purpose.
Now they provide a safe harbor for smaller boats, all thanks to the sunken bigger boats. It makes sense why they aligned the boats the way they are.
Control Room 4 At Chernobyl
Most of you know about the Chernobyl disaster that was caused by a nuclear accident on 26 April 1986. The disaster is considered the worst nuclear disaster in history. Even after 4 decades, the site remained off-limits to all visitors. In July 2019, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the country had opened Chernobyl as an official tourist attraction. The country made a decision to reinvent its brand, saying, "We must give this territory of Ukraine a new life."
Now, tourists can enter the control room at Reactor 4 only by wearing protective gear. They can only stay for five minutes because the radiation at Reactor 4 is still 40,000 times higher than normal levels. It is quite remarkable because the accident happened 34 years ago. By the way, the visitors have to take multiple tests for any potential exposure after they leave Reactor 4.
The Devil’s Bridge, Germany
The Devil's Bridge, also known as Rakotzbrücke, is an iconic arched bridge in the beautiful Kromlau Park in eastern Germany. This jaw-dropping 19th-century bridge is something that is out of this world. The most remarkable thing about it is its reflection that forms what appears to be a complete circle.
Given that it is so challenging to build such a bridge, it is believed that only the devil could have helped in building it. According to the legend, the devil helped in building the bridge on a condition to take the soul of the first person who crosses the bridge. Today, you can view the bridge in the park but you can't cross it as it is prohibited to preserve the aging relic. Do you think the devil helped in building this bridge?
An Abandoned Cottage, Ireland
This abandoned cottage in Stradbally, Ireland, is so beautiful. It was built in the late 1800s and it is remarkable how it has still been able to hold on its own through all these years. Apart from the fact that it is over 100 years old, it is known for its unusual blue roof.
One would be tempted to stay in the cottage for a weekend gateway, but, understandably, it is not an ideal place to stay due to its condition.
Houtouwan, Shengshan Island, China
In the 1980s, the village of Houtouwan was considered a prosperous fishing town. It had a population of only 3000 people. Given that the village was remote and accessing it was difficult, the locals started to move away in the 1990s. And then the village was officially abandoned in 2002. Now, nature has completely taken over the village.
It remained abandoned until 2015, but it somewhat changed when the photos of the village started to go viral on the internet. So, tourists started showing interest in visiting the place. However, officials of the island have been urging visitors not to do it as they want to ensure the island remains in pristine condition.
The Selma Plantation Estate, Virginia
The Selma plantation estate used to be quite a popular place. After the original owner of the estate passed away, it saw many owners over the years. Even a fire broke one time and destroyed the entire house. The new homeowner went on to restore the place. But then it was completely abandoned after a few years.
And you know what happens when humans abandon places. Yes, nature took over the place. In this abandoned building, the previous owner left a grand piano. That's when Loudoun-based entrepreneur husband and wife bought the estate. They started the restoration process in 2016 and are hoping to make it their family home.
A Fishing Hut On A Lake, Germany
You can find this abandoned fishing hut in Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany. It was built on the picturesque Obersee Lake. When it was finally discovered, it had already fallen into disrepair.
Although there is no information of its original owner, it is believed that the owner was most likely a fisherman who enjoyed fishing while observing the breathtakingly spectacular scenery. This place is, without any doubt, out of this world.
Heavenly Yellow House, Nova Scotia
If you ever want to move away from your hectic lifestyle, consider taking a break in a place like this one. Whoever lived in this yellow house must have a lot of good memories in it. It was not just painted yellow, but there were also beautiful dandelions surrounding the house. You can also find more beautiful places around the world for a peaceful vacation.
If you are wondering why someone would leave their house in such a beautiful place, well, it is because the economy of the area was not so good. As there were minimal job opportunities for almost all communities in Nova Scotia, people had to move to other places. The younger generation left the area in search of a better life. Hence, they also left behind their parents and homes. So, you can find many abandoned homes there.
Baikonur Cosmodrome's Abandoned Space Shuttle
So the Baikonur Cosmodrome was built by Russia in Kazakhstan and the West didn't know about it at that time. The first cosmonaut was Yuri Gagarin, which was launched in April 1961 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. In the picture, the space shuttle you are seeing is called "Buron." This space shuttle with a cabin capacity to hold 6 passengers flew just once in November 1988.
The purpose of the shuttle was to send 30 tons to space and come back to earth with 20 tons. Before launching the shuttle, 24 tests were carried out. However, the program was put to a halt in 1991 as a result of the Communist government's downfall. As a result of it, many half-finished space shuttles are rotting in the place. In 2012, one of the shuttles was destroyed when the hanger in which it was kept suddenly collapsed.
VW Bug At The Bottom of the Sea, Mexico
This is not an actual VW Bug car. This is a life-sized 8-ton cement replica of the Classic Volkswagen Beetle. It has become a part of an underwater museum in Cancun and now houses marine life. If you are passionate about diving and snorkeling, then you must visit this underwater museum in Cancun, Mexico.
You can find this VW Bug as well as 500 other sculptures. This underwater art museum display is there to bring awareness to how water pollution is impacting the natural coral reef and overfishing is having a negative impact on the area. If you don't like diving or snorkeling, then you can ride in a boat with a glass bottom to see these genuinely spectacular underwater sculptures.
An Abandoned Farm House, Ontario
As people moved to big cities in search of work and a better life, they left behind their homes. This is a photo of an abandoned farmhouse in Ontario. We have to admit that it kind of looks like a farmhouse in a horror movie.
But still, there are many interesting things about this photo. The grass is so green as if someone was taking care of it and the landscape makes one wonder why didn't they stay there.
The Last House On Holland Island, U.S.A
Just 360 people were living in Holland Island in 1910. And believe it or not, it was considered to be the most populated island in the Chesapeake Bay at that time. After all, it had a lot of luxurious homes, a church, a school, and many shops. But there was one major problem for the locals – the problem of erosion. And as we know that erosion causes significant damage over time, the residents were worried and so they even had stones shipped in to slow down erosion, but nothing worked. The residents had no other option but to leave their homes. So, they tore down their homes and moved to another place. The 1918 tropical storm did further damage to remaining infrastructures.
And so, the last resident left the island in 1922. It is not that others didn't try to save the island. In 1995, Stephen White (a Methodist minister) bought the land for $70,000 in an effort to preserve its legacy. He created the Holland Island Preservation Foundation, but all his efforts failed as the island shrank by 20 acres in the next 15 years. This house in the picture was built in 1888 and it fought erosion for over a century. It was the last house on the island that finally lost the battle to shoreline erosion.
A Shipwreck, The Red Sea
We know that the Red Sea is famous for its world's hottest and saltiest seawater. It is also the most heavily traveled waterways as well. From the 18th to 19th century, many shipwrecks were discovered in the Red Sea. This shipwreck was discovered in 1988 and it is called the "Russian Wreck". According to experts, it might be a fishing trawler called Khanka.
It is believed that Russians used fishing trawlers for other purposes than just fishing such as surveillance. Given that this ship had some advanced equipment used for communication, it is believed that it was a spy ship.
An Abandoned House Of Pencho Semov, Bulgaria
Pencho Semov, aka Bulgarian Rockefeller, was the first billionaire in the country. Born in a poor family, Semov climbed the social ladder with trading and banking. His journey to becoming the first billionaire in the country was challenging, but he remained persistent. Before he died, he said that he wanted to have his mansion converted into a retirement home and two other buildings into girls' boarding schools. He also stated that one school would be for poor girls and free of charge. The other school would be for wealthy girls and would charge small taxes.
Unfortunately, there was no one to carry out his wishes after he died in 1945. Moreover, the government also blocked all of his resources. They later used his mansion as an infectious tuberculosis ward.
Abandoned Railroad Bridge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
You can find many abandoned bridges in Pennsylvania and most of them are no longer needed due to the rise in the use of automobiles. With the advancement and more reliance on automobiles, traveling by train became more of an exception than the rule.
As there was no need for plenty of railroad bridges, they were abandoned and left to rot. It meant that no one was willing to find the maintenance of those bridges. After all, repairing them would have cost a lot of money and there was no need for it.
British Warship Found In The Great Lakes, Ontario
This is an old British warship that is present in the Great Lakes in the H.M.S Ontario. In 1780, the warship was caught in a fierce storm and sank. In 2008, the ship was found between Niagara and Rochester, NY. Unbelievably, most of the ship was intact even after over 200 years.
When the ship sank in 1780, over 100 men lost their lives. Jim Kennard, who found over 200 shipwrecks, tried to search the ship 35 years before it was found. It was until he teamed up with Dan Scoville that they found the ship after three years of planning and searching.
An Abandoned Home In Nebraska, USA
It takes a lot of hard work and luck to take a memorable photo. So, the photographer was able to capture this photo at the right moment during a storm in 2015.
He was at an abandoned home in Nebraska when he took a photo just when the lightning struck. Due to the lightening, the eeriness of this abandoned house is added a thousand times. An interesting thing about the photo is that there are no trees nearby.
The Graveyard Of Deserted Harley-Davidson Motorcycles
All these Harley-Davidson motorcycles were once used by the police of Puente Piedra, a district in Lima, Peru. However, there was a big problem with their maintenance. Since the maintenance of the bikes was proving to be costly, the police had no other option than to stop using them. But the bikes were not completely useless.
Harley lovers bought some of the bikes because they couldn't obtain parts of bikes in any other way. Although the police bikes were sold in an auction for just $1,300, people bought them and even sold them for as high as $12,000.
Old Helensburgh Tunnel, Australia
This is one of the seven tunnels which were built in the 1880s. The purpose of this astonishing Helensburgh Tunnel was to provide a safe passage through the hills between Otford and Waterfall. But when the steam locomotives appeared, there was a need for a double lane. Given that the tunnel has a single lane, it had no further use. So, the tunnel was closed in 1920.
Once the tunnel was closed, people started visiting the place. The tunnel is a perfect combination of beauty and mystery. There are glow worms in the tunnel that light up the place in the dark. Unfortunately, the tunnel is not open for visitors anymore because it was vandalized.
Abandoned VW Bug On Lagoon Beach, Milnerton, South Africa
We don't know how someone went all the way through with their decision to abandon such a cute car. Who knows maybe the car reminded them of some bad memories. But one thing we know for sure that the car still got the beauty.
There seems to be a volcano mountain in the background. So maybe the car got stuck in the sand and the owner had to abandon their car to save their life. We can make assumptions all day long.
Michigan Central Station Detroit, U.S.A.
This historical station was built in 1913. Did you know that it wasn't even completed when it was put into use? It is because World War I broke out and over 200 trains left the station daily. The military troops used the station in World War II. And when the war was over, cars became more popular among the people. So, it reduced the demand for the station. In 1988, the station was eventually closed down.
Although the station closed down, the owners of the building and even the authorities kept looking for ways to use it. Finally, it was sold to Ford Motor Company in 2018. There are rumors that the company has some other plans for the building instead of just using it for vehicle development. For now, we can just wait and watch what they do with it.
A Victorian House, San Francisco
This peculiar looking house is abandoned, but what makes it more interesting is that the owner decided to build it in between two modern homes. There is a possibility that the owner was an artist and wanted to make their home look different from others.
By the way, some people love to live in small homes even if they have money to afford a big home. You can find peace and satisfaction even in a small room.
A Deserted Mining Town, Canada
In 1994, the ship was on a 100-day journey when a storm caused the ship to run aground near the Canary Islands. As a result of it, the ship split in two.
Decades later, miners came up with a way to retrieve the silver. By building a breakwater out of rock and concrete, they were able to hold the water back. It worked and they were able to retrieve $3 million worth of silver. The overall operations eventually stopped in 1883 because there were very little funds.
Halcyon Hall, Millbrook, New York
In 1890, Halcyon Hall was built to operate as a luxury hotel. It had two hundred rooms and five stories. But the hotel was not as popular as predicted. So, it was closed down in 1901. A few years later, a teacher from New York decided to use the big Halcyon Hall as a school for girls. It became Bennet Collage after more buildings were added.
The Bennet College found it hard to survive after the arrival of more colleges. Eventually, Bennet College was so much into debt that it went bankrupt. It was abandoned in 1977. In 2014, the building was demolished despite being on the list of the National Register for Historic Places.
Deserted Neuruppin Mansion Gentzrode, Brandenburg, Germany
It is easy to believe that this mansion is cursed because all the plans for it failed. So, the story of this mansion started with Ludwig, the son of Carl Von Diebitsch. The young man wanted an estate with landscaped gardens, a family mausoleum, and would resemble a castle. In 1876-1877, the mansion was completed. But the cost of running the mansion was higher than what he had anticipated.
Eventually, the mansion was one of the biggest causes of the family's bankruptcy. Over the years, many other families owned the mansion as well, but none lived in it for more than a year. One owner even tried growing sugar beets but failed miserably. The mansion was completely abandoned after World War II.
Swallow's Nest Castle, Ukraine
You may think that why a castle from Game of Thrones made its way into this list, but that is not the case. Located on the Black Sea in Southern Ukraine, this astonishing castle is called the Shallow's Nest. A wealthy oil merchant built the castle in 1911.
By the way, a wooden cottage called "The Castle of Love" was built on the same spot before the Shallow's Nest. This stunning castle is built on top of the Aurora Cliff.
A Deserted Castle In Italy
You can find a lot of deserted castles in Italy. While some of the abandoned castles have been restored and put on sale, there are castles like these that are still left abandoned. There are some castles that are almost completely ruined and yet they are restored by the owners. Restoring the castle and selling them is not a bad idea because all castles have unique artwork and designs.
Some have balconies and dungeons while others even have secret passageways. As there are many castles in the country, you can buy a restored castle or a castle that needs restoration. Moreover, it is always fun to explore new castles.
An Abandoned House In Wheat Fields, Oregon
There is a town called Boyd in Oregon, but there is a high possibility that you have never heard about it. In 1955, the city was dis-incorporated and that's why Boyd turned into a ghost town. There are a few homes like this one left and all of them are empty.
One of the main reasons behind it is the Great Depression. And also the wheat prices at that time were very low. With almost no business and very little visitors coming to the town, people had to leave their businesses and homes.
Deserted Dome Houses, Florida
Have you ever lived in one of these circular homes? These dome houses on a beach in Florida are truly beautiful. Bob Lee was a wealthy oil producer in Cape Romano below Naples, Florida. He built these houses in 1980. These houses were also self-sustaining and completely solar-powered. But why did they abandon these houses? Well, no one can stand for too long against Mother Nature and that is exactly what happened in the case of these dome houses as well.
These homes had a very little chance of survival when they were up against hurricanes. In 2005, John Tosto bought the houses shortly before Hurricane Wilma further damaged them. The hurricane not only damaged the homes but it also washed away a part of the coastline.
A Church, Iceland
Couples in Iceland love this church. It is called Búðakirkja and it is loved so much because of its color and also the spot is perfect for taking wedding photos. After all, how often you get to see a black and white church.
It is located in Búðir. In the background, you can spot a volcano as well. It was built in 1703 and then was deconstructed. It was then decided in 1987 to reconstruct the church.
A Mental Hospital (Pavilionul de Bai) Valcea County, România
This is a former mental hospital that had 145 rooms. It was built in an E-shape style and was opened in 1915 despite not being completed. Although 19 more rooms were added later on, they never completed due to World War I. The doctors used electrotherapy and water-based therapy to treat patients.
There was the use of compressed air cabinets as well for patients to breathe in extreme air pressure conditions. It was therapy at that time which was supposed to help patients with respiratory diseases. The tourism of the country dropped due to Communism and it had a big impact on resorts and buildings like this one. So, it is now abandoned.
A Rollercoaster in Nara Dreamland, Japan
Nara Dreamland is an abandoned theme park in Japan and this ride was the only best ride you could take there. By the way, this theme park was supposed to be a copy of the original Disneyland. But the main problem was the lack of funds. Moreover, the theme park lacked interesting characters that could attract people.
This rollercoaster, called Screw Coaster, was one of the highlights of the theme park. Now, it is all abandoned and even bushes have started growing on it.
Atkins Hall Apartments, Ireland
This complex is known as the Atkins Hall Apartments, but did you know that it used to be a mental hospital? Yes, in the mid-1800s, these apartments served as an asylum where men were situated on one side and women on the other.
There were other buildings as well such as a church and a gate lodge. Now, the complex has been turned into apartments after much-needed renovation. But the other half of the complex is still abandoned and one wonders why they didn't start working on it.
An Unused Railroad Track In The Middle Of A Forest
It is such a beautiful view, isn't it? If you walk on the Jiancing Historical Trail in Taiwan, you will encounter this railroad track that has been abandoned for so long. By the way, the Jiancing Historical Trail was used for a logging railing, but years later it became a popular 2.3 kilometers long hiking trail.
A typhoon of 2013 destroyed most of the trail. Now, only about 900 meters of the trail is left in a somewhat good condition while the other half is in an unstable condition.
A Farmhouse In Switzerland
Not many people know that farming is not quite popular in Switzerland. In fact in the farming business, there is only about 4% of the population left in it. It is because the soils in the country and the climate do not really favor agriculture and that's why agriculture and farms are, in most cases, family enterprises. That's one of the reasons why you can find a lot of small abandoned farmhouses in the country.
The farmhouses are so beautiful that a person wonders how anyone can not live in them. The trend in the country is more about having fewer larger farms instead of having many small farms. That's why three-quarters of the land in Switzerland is all covered in meadows and pastures.
A Hydrofoil Abandoned In A Forest
Do you know what a hydrofoil is? Well, it is a high-speed machine that is used for the transportation of passengers. But the special thing about the machine is that it is used for water travel. It was Russia that introduced hydrofoils in the 1960s. By the way, hydrofoils were used until 1980s and they had some pretty cool names like "Sputnik" or "Meteor."
This hydrofoil was the most advanced one and that's why it was used in a fleet of vessels. But when an economic collapse hit the Soviet Union, they stopped the production of hydrofoils. Most of them were then abandoned in a ship graveyard.
A Bombed Library, Kensington, London
We have a question for you: do you think it is a crime to steal books even if the library is almost completely destroyed? Well, this is what happened when Holland House, a privately-owned library, was destroyed by Germans during World War II. They bombed the library and there were only a few books left.
So, some people with still a desire to read went there and tried to get their hands on the books that were left. Maybe some people tried to sell the books because a part of the library was preserved after 1952.
A Deserted Theater Inside The Norwich State Hospital, Connecticut
It won't be a big surprise if we ever hear horror and creepy stories about the Norwich State Hospital. After all, many horror movies and shows do revolve around a creepy mental hospital. This hospital was first opened in 1904 and it had only 95 patients at that time. In just 11 years, its number of patients grew to 1,000 and there were over 3,000 patients by 1955.
Underground tunnels connected many buildings of the hospital. The hospital was a frightening place to treat mentally unstable people. And yes, there are stories about how the staff badly treated the patients. For instance, there are stories about starvation, beatings, and even prolonged confinements. In 1996, the hospital was finally shut down for good.
Oodnadatta Track, South Australia
Adam Plate named an aged track in South Australian Oodnadatta Track. By the way, the track is about 383 miles long. On the track, you can find many sites such as sidings, bridges, and ruins of the railway buildings.
If you love to explore new places, you will enjoy the well-preserved campground called Coward Springs Campground. There, you can enjoy a natural artesian spa. And just so you may know, there are no intersections along this 383 miles long track.
The Doomed Serendipity House, North Carolina
Have you watched the movie Nights in Rodanthe? It is a 2008 romantic drama film in which Richard Gere and Diane Lane share screen. The film did pretty well at the box office. So in the movie, a lot of scenes were shot in this house in North Carolina. This house was built in the 1980s and the special thing about it is that it is surrounded by 400 ft. of the beach and nothing else.
As hurricanes and storms have somewhat changed the landscape, it is now sitting in the water. After the movie was filmed in the house, the city didn't take long to abandon it. But then one couple who really loved the movie decided to buy the house. They have now fully renovated it and now it is used as a rental for couples who want to enjoy a romantic getaway.
A Uninhabited Cottage, Ireland
If you have ever been to Ireland, you'll definitely know that there are many abandoned homes and cottages in the country. But what really makes the deserted buildings in Ireland so special is that they are unbelievably beautiful. Take this one as an example. If you go on the Kerry Way walking trail, you will come across many unusual sights that will please your eyes and heart. By the way, the Kerry Way is a popular hiking trail in County Kerry, Ireland.
The trail is about 133 miles long and it will take approximately 9 days to complete it. If you think that you should go on this hike, it would be better to make sure that you are in better shape because it can be a challenging hike.
Barnes Hospital, England
This hospital is also known as Manchester Convalescent Home. After it was closed down in 1999, it was sold to a realty company two years later. It was then resold to another development company. Although the company had some really big plans for the building, none of them were brought to action.
Another development company then bought the Manchester Convalescent Home in 2012. The company went with the plan of converting the hospital rooms into apartments. In 2015, the construction started. We are sure people would like to stay there because it appeared on the show "Most Haunted Live" and it was also used in a horror film of 1974 called 'Let Sleeping Corpses Lie."
C-121 Lockheed Constellation Aircraft's Remains, Antarctica
The C-121 Lockheed Constellation aircraft crashed on October 8, 1970 due to terrible weather. It had to make a forced landing on unprepared terrain. There were 80 passengers on board and no one was seriously injured. The reason behind it was that the weather in the region changes frequently and it often changes the flying plans from New Zealand to McMurdo.
On October 8, the pilots had to make a decision as well. The pilots were in a pickle because they had to decide on whether they had enough fuel to turn back if they can't land at McMurdo. Given that the plane had already passed the point of safe return, the pilots had no other option but to land. Fortunately, they landed the plane safely.
A Haunted House In Belgium
You can find a lot of movies on haunted houses in Hollywood. There is one TV show that we highly recommend is The Haunting of The Hill House. Trust us, if you love horror movies and TV shows then you will love it. Enough of the show, let’s come back to this home that looks like a haunted house. This house was built in 1908. As it is over a century old, it is deteriorating. The vines are growing inside the house and the paint is slowly peeling from walls. Moreover, the windows are shattered.
Given that the house easily meets all the standards for a horror movie, it was used in a few videos. If you feel that you don't get easily scared, you can try to spend a night in this house.
La Villa Zanelli, Savona, Italy
On a beach outside of Savona, there is this beautiful villa that has a long history. A sea captain, Nicolo Zanelli, built his villa in 1907. He and his family lived in this spectacular villa until 1933. The villa was sold to the municipality of Milan after some time. It was then turned into a field hospital during World War II.
Once the war was over, it was turned into a heart center in 1967. It kept on operating as a heart center for many years until its ceiling collapsed in 1998. The historical building was abandoned after the accident. Now the people living there are trying to restore the villa.