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

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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!

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 tourists and history buffs looking to experience the eerie beauty of this abandoned location.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 city adventurers.

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.

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.

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 people to visit.

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.

12. Nara Dreamland, Japan

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

13. Teufelsberg, Germany

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

15 of the Most Dangerous Cities in the US to Travel to in 2023

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Before you look at the list, what city comes to mind as the most dangerous place in the U.S? If you thought Chicago or Los Angeles, you may be surprised to find they don’t rank in the top 15 in the country.

15 of the Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. to Travel to in 2023

Most Dangerous Cities in the World, Ranked: Know Before You Go

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These are the 10 most dangerous cities in the world, where stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage collide with alarming crime rates. We’re not saying don’t travel to these locations, but it’s important to be aware in order to stay safe.

Most Dangerous Cities in the World, Ranked: Know Before You Go

Here’s What Travel Was Like 100 Years Ago

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Travel has definitely improved over the past 100 years. And by the way, if you’re thinking 100 years ago was back in the 1800s, you might be showing your age…100 years ago was 1923 and Americans were hitting the road in their new-fangled automobiles. Here are ten things you might expect if you traveled across America 100 years ago.

Here’s What Travel Was Like 100 Years Ago

Step Into the Past: 10 American Ghost Towns to Explore

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America may not have a history as old as other countries, but we do have our share of ghost towns. Around 3,800 of them, according to a recent report by the New York Times. From the largest ghost town in Jarome, Arizona, to quirky ghost towns like Calico, California, here are ten of the most well-known in America.

Here’s What It Was Really Like to Drive a Model T Ford

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Tired of driving down easy-street in your super comfy modern car? Well, have no fear because the Model T is here! Let’s take a ride down memory lane with a humorous look at what traveling in a Model T was like when it first came out.

Here’s What it Was Really Like to Drive a Model T Ford

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Karee Blunt is a nationally syndicated travel journalist, focused on discovering destinations and experiences that captivate and inspire others through her writing. She is also the founder of Our Woven Journey, a travel site focused on inspiring others to create memory-making adventures with their loved ones. Karee is passionate about encouraging others to step out of their comfort zone and live the life they dream of. She is the mother of six kids, including four through adoption, and lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about Karee on her about me page.