Abandoned Places or Haunted Havens? Explore These 13 Eerie Destinations and Find Out!

Explore these 13 abandoned locations around the world and decide if you’re brave enough to enter!

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Karee Blunt

Exploring abandoned places can be a fascinating and eerie experience. Whether it’s a ghost town, an old hospital, or a derelict amusement park, these places can offer a glimpse into the past and a sense of adventure. 

Here Are 13 of the Eeriest Abandoned Places in the World.

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Explore these 13 abandoned locations and decide if you’re brave enough to enter!

No. 1 City Hall Subway Station, New York City

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The City Hall Subway Station closed in 1945 and has remained abandoned ever since. The station’s elegant architecture and intricate details, including skylights and ornate chandeliers, remain intact, creating an eerie and haunting atmosphere. Its underground platforms, covered in dust and graffiti, are a popular destination for urban explorers and history buffs looking to experience the eerie beauty of this abandoned location.

No. 2 Hashima Island, Japan

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Also known as “Battleship Island,” Hashima Island is an abandoned island that was once home to a coal mining community. The island was abandoned in the 1970s and is now a popular destination for urban explorers.

No. 3 Centralia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Centralia was a mining town in Pennsylvania abandoned after an underground coal fire in 1962. The fire still burns underground, and graffiti now covers abandoned streets and houses.

No. 4 Varosha, Cyprus

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This Cyprus ghost town was abandoned after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. The abandoned buildings and empty streets make it a surreal and eerie place to visit.

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No. 5 Oradour-sur-Glane, France

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The Nazis destroyed the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane in 1944. The ruins of the village have been preserved as a memorial to the victims of the massacre.

No. 6 Kolmanskop, Namibia

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Kolmanskop, located in Namibia, is a deserted town that was once a thriving diamond mining center. The adjacent sand dunes are gradually engulfing the abandoned edifices.

No. 7 Sanzhi UFO Houses, Tawain

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The Sanzhi UFO Houses in Taiwan were originally designed as a holiday retreat during the 1970s; however, they were abandoned before completion. The buildings’ unconventional, futuristic design has made them a preferred location for urban explorers.

No. 8 Prypiat Amusement Park, Ukraine

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In Ukraine, the Prypiat Amusement Park was scheduled to open in May 1986. However, the Chernobyl disaster occurred a few days before the opening. The deserted amusement park is now a favored spot for sightseers visiting the region.

No. 9 Humberstone, Chile

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Humberstone was a mining town in Chile that was abandoned in the 1960s. The buildings have been preserved and are now a popular tourist destination, but the empty streets and abandoned machinery are still eerie.

No. 10 Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital, Germany

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The Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital, situated in Germany, functioned as a military hospital in both World Wars and was subsequently utilized as a Soviet military hospital during the Cold War. The forsaken hospital has become a famous spot for urban explorers to visit.

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No. 11 Bhangarh Fort, India

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Bhangarh Fort in India is said to be one of the most haunted places in the world. Legends of curses and ghosts surround the abandoned fort, and visitors are not allowed to enter after dark.

No. 12 Nara Dreamland, Japan

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Japan’s Nara Dreamland was an amusement park that shut down in 2006. Urban explorers find the deserted roller coasters and Ferris wheel a popular attraction, but nature is gradually overtaking the decaying structures.

No. 13 Teufelsberg, Germany

Teufelsberg, Germany
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In Germany, Teufelsberg previously served as a US military listening station during the Cold War. Urban explorers and street artists frequently visit the popular attraction due to the deserted buildings and walls covered in graffiti.

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