Pripyat, Ukraine was the closest town to the Chernobyl Nuclear Station. It was just about three kilometers from the station. The entire town of 49,000 people was evacuated when the nuclear power station exploded on April 26, 1986. The town remains abandoned to this day as it still has high-levels of radiation.
These strange UFO-like structures were originally meant to be a seaside resort just outside of Taipei. But, the developers abandoned the project after several unfortunate events occurred, including several car crashes and a suicide. Development was set back even more when locals claimed the workers unearthed a 17th-century Dutch burial ground on the site. With all these rumors and mishaps, construction was officially shut down in 1980. But, many people looking for an eerie attraction still visit this place today.
The House of the Bulgarian Communist Party has been abandoned since the fall of the iron curtain in 1989. The flying saucer-shaped monument is located on top of Mount Buzludzha in Central Bulgaria. It is also a controversial structure, as many are split on what to do with it. Many want it torn down, while others want it restored to attract western tourists.
Abandoned theme parks are right up there with abandoned hospitals and prisons on the list of creepy places to visit. Japan’s Nara Dreamland was once considered to be the “Japanese answer” to Disneyland. It opened in 1961 and officially closed in 2006. Now all rides are overrun by vegetation and it gives off a post-apocalyptic vibe.
In 1995, the final patient was discharged from the Willard Asylum for the Insane in upstate New York. The asylum opened up in 1869, but by 1972 the popularity of large-scale mental health institutions was in decline after Geraldo Rivera’s expose on the conditions at Willowbrook Asylum. But, the eeriest part about this abandoned asylum is what was found in the attic. In 1995, over 400 suitcases belonging to former patients were uncovered. Some of the suitcases dated back to the 1800s.
Also known as Battleship Island and Ghost Island, this island once was home to a coal mining facility that housed thousands of workers. It was active from 1887 to 1974, but when the coal mining facility shut down, everyone let the island. It’s now full of dilapidated buildings with deteriorating insides. The place is so spooky it was used as the location for the villain’s lair in the Bond movie Skyfall.
Built in the early 20th century, Michigan Central Station was once the tallest train station in the world. However, after may planning oversights led to it shutting down in 1988. The spooky abandoned station has been used in several films, music videos and TV shows including Eminem’s 8 Mile and the film Transformers.
Abandoned amusement parks are terrifying, right? Six Flags New Orleans, or Jazzland, has been abandoned since Hurricane Katrina pummeled through New Orleans in 2005. Much of the park has extensive water damage, and apparently there are some gators floating around on the property.
Canfranc is in Aragon, Spain close to the border of France. The railway station, opened in 1928, used to be one of Europe’s largest railroad stations. However, by 1970 it shut down. It has remained a popular spot for people to visit. There is also talk about reopening the station soon.
The Orpheum Theatre opened its doors the day the Titanic sank, on April 15, 1912. It closed officially in 1959, but parts of the building were used as a supermarket and a tobacco storage unit. There are projects in the works to get the theater restored.
Well, if you’re a certified scuba diver, you can visit this abandoned underwater city in China. The city is around 1341 years old. In 1959, it was submerged during the construction of the Xin’an River Hydropower Station. This Chinese “Atlantis” remains in very good condition.
This moss-covered abandoned powerplant in Belgium used to be the main source of electricity to the Charleroi area in Belgium. However, an environmental report found that the plant was responsible for 10 percent of CO2 emissions in Belgium. So, it officially closed in 2007. Now it’s massive cooling tower look like an abandoned alien ship.
The Domino Sugar Refinery was built in the late 1800s, and used to produce 3 million pounds of sugar a day in its peak. However, now it is nothing but a ruin in the up-and-coming Williamsburg landscape. But, there is currently a $3 billion-dollar plan in place to revive the structure and turn it into a residential building.
Hotel Del Salto was constructed in 1923 and was picturesquely located next to the beautiful Tequendama waterfall in Central Colombia, just outside of Bogota. After it was discovered that the Tequendama river was contaminated, visitors to the hotel dropped dramatically. Many think that the site is also haunted because of the surprising number of suicides that occurred there.