Planet earth has plenty of dodgy and scary places that most of us haven’t even heard of. Some places were slowly abandoned over time as people moved on, leaving these spots run down and spooky. In other places, people were forced to leave because of fear of illness or because of health hazards and now once-thriving places lay dormant as constant reminders of what has been lost. From Montana to Greece, check out this list of scary houses, mental hospitals, monuments, and even bridges that will give you the chills.
Abandoned Goldmining Town
If you like visiting and learning about ghost towns, then Bodie’s Ghost Town should probably be one of the first ones on your list. This iconic ghost town is located in California and has become a very touristic place over the years.
Those who have had the chance to see the well-preserved town up close usually feel like they’ve gone a couple of decades back in time. The town was actually once a goldmine during the 19th century but closed down in 1920.
A building that was once known as one of the most famous hotels in the Croatian Island of Krk, has now become nothing more than ruins. During the 1970s, the hotels were built and catered mainly for millionaires and even billionaires from different countries around the world.
The fancy hotel was doing so well back then that it expanded, thanks to the investment of $45 million of Penthouse magazine. Unfortunately, though, after the Yugoslavian War took over the country, the hotel was completely abandoned and left to rot. Today, it’s a scary attraction for tourists looking for a little adventure in Croatia.
Haunted Colonial Prison
Netaji Shubash Chandra Bose Island has a rich history, and it has served as many things in the past. The place was built around 1857, and During India’s colonial era, Netaji Shubash Chandra Bose Island was home to the British government. Ironically, it also served as a prison during the time.
For people visiting today, it’s still possible to see a number of monumental places like huge swimming pools and other constructions, all completely covered by dense vegetation. Like many places, this site was destroyed during the Second World War, becoming a place that is a must for history lovers from around the world.
The Forbidden City
As China braced for the latest epidemic, many of China’s top tourist destinations were shut unexpectantly.
Places that were once full of life became desolate and silent. This once-popular tourist spot was completely abandoned and only two police officers remain to keep people away. The city hasn’t been this quiet since it was abandoned by the emperors.
Silent Mountain Outpost
Garnet is located in West Montana and is full of houses completely made of wood. The town is simple and mostly precarious, to say the least, and is completely inhabited by people. The mining town was closed down around the 1930s, and all the families who lived there were forced to leave and find another home.
There were about 1,000 families living there at the time, and when they left, everything remained almost untouched. No one has lived there ever since, and anyone can visit it at any time of the year. Tourists say that it’s definitely worth the visit.
Hashima Island was once a famous coal-producing Island during the 1940s. The Island is located on the coast of Nagasaki, in Japan, and used to be known to produce more tonnes of coal than any other place in the country and in the region.
Many mining families settled there and in the surroundings during the time, as it’s said that a huge submarine coal deposit could be found under the Island. The Island had everything back then, including restaurants, pubs, schools, and workplaces. But sadly, like many other mining towns, when the coal started becoming scarce, and they eventually ran out of coal, everyone left the Island.
The Forgotten Fountain
The Trevi fountain, designed by famed architect Nicola Salvi, is a historical landmark in the Trevi district of Rome. This renaissance marvel normally attracts thousands of tourists.
Sadly, with the city under travel restrictions and many in quarantine, in March 2020 the fountain was left abandoned by tourists. Now no one dares to venture out to see the fountain.
Alaskan Ghost Town
Around 1911, copper was discovered in Kennecott, increasing the interest in the area. The city became suddenly popular, with many people migrating to the Island seeking a better life. But like other unlucky mining towns, the copper finished in 1938, and everyone fled right after.
The town, located in Alaska, is now completely empty and became a famous ghost town for people who are interested in this kind of stuff. Because the town is located just where the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is, many visitors drop by to explore the historical place.
Ships in the Middle of the Desert
Moynaq Shipyard Cemetery is a ghost town that was once a fishing port. The town is found in the Uzbek desert, which might confuse some people due to the way it has changed over the years.
Back in the days, the town was full of water, but today, all we can see are ships in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but sand around. Four of the largest lakes in the world were located in Moynaq, but after a horrible ecological disaster, they all evaporated.
Chilean Ghost Mine
Sometime during the early 19th century, a big Saltpeter mine was discovered in the Chilean Humberstone And Santa Laura Saltpeter Plant. After the discovery, the town flourished and quickly developed into a famous town within the Atacama desert.
But due to science’s advances, in 1920, two scientists from Germany made an important discovery. They uncovered how to create synthetic nitrate, dismissing the use of Saltpeter mines right after. Slowly, residents began moving away from the town, until it was completely shut down in the early 1950s.
Each year thousands of pilgrims make the journey to one of the world’s holiest sites. Thousands of people flood into the Great Mosque of Mecca and usually there is little room for anyone to move.
However, with fears of an outbreak, this once crowded mosque lay empty and forgotten with few brave souls making the journey.
This city is located in Ukraine and has also made the list of the most famous and scariest ghost towns in the world. Many people have probably heard about the tragic disaster that happened in Chernobyl, especially after a documentary series was released on Netflix.
Well, after the radioactive explosion that took place at the Chernobyl nuclear plant on April 16, 1986, all town residents were forced to flee. Scientists claim that after the tragic disaster, no one is allowed to live there for at least 10,000 years.
Town on Fire
Whilst we’ve been going through some pretty tragic stories, this one is another heartbreaking one. Centralia was once an essential mining town in Pennsylvania, but after a fire in 1962, it was completely destroyed.
What seemed like a small fire at first, ended up wracking the whole village. What happened was that the fire reached a coal mine hidden underneath the ground, and believe it or not, the fire is burning to this moment. Every single family who lived there had to move away, with the exception of 9 brave residents who make a living off the tourist visits they get.
Known as the city of love, one of the most romantic places to go in Paris is the lawns bellow the Eifel Tower. Here thousands of people sit on the green grass and enjoy picnics and a friendly chat.
On a bad day the grounds can become so crowded you can hardly find a spot. Sadly, like many tourist spots, the lawns now sit empty with travel restrictions being placed in France. Most people are scared to visit the site, and now one of the world’s biggest tourist attractions is practically closed.
Although at first glance, it doesn’t seem like it, Grossinger’s Resort was once a beautiful and luxurious resort sometime during the 1950s. Rich New Yorkers loved the place and could be found spending time with their families every summer.
People like Jerry Lewis and Eddie Fisher have visited the place until something tragic happened. The resort’s owner passed away in 1972, and the place was never the same. Slowly, Grossinger’s Resort deteriorated, until it closed down completely in 1986.
Abandoned Olympic Grounds
Like it happened for many Olympic games, the government of Saravejo built a 1300 meter bobsleigh track made of concrete for the 1985 Winter Olympic Games. While the track was also to be useful for other sports events and other big tournaments, that didn’t quite happen.
When the Yugoslavian War broke in 1991, the whole country went through an unbearable amount of destruction. The Bosnian army decided to use the track by transforming it into a fort. Until this day, the track is full of mines.
Haunted Mental Hospital
If there is a place that deserves to be called a Ghost Town, that place is the Letchworth Village. The Village can be found in New York, in Rockland County, and everything about the place is spooky.
It is in this village where one of the oldest Mental Hospitals, famous for being the first one to experiment with the polio vaccine, is located. While the town is beautiful with its unusual architecture, it is certainly a favorite place for those who love paranormal stuff.
Empty Olympic Village
While this Olympic Village has undergone many transformations, today, it has become just another abandoned place. It was built around the early 1980s, and it underwent a huge renovation in 2004 for the summer Olympics.
Sadly, there is no reasonable explanation for why the place is no longer in use, but it has been abandoned for quite some time now. Visitors still pass by to explore the place, since the stunning complex is still worth the site seeing.
The Hell Hole
All of us have probably heard the saying that hell is on earth. Well, it turns out that besides being just another metaphorical saying, there is actually a place that literally looks like what we think hell is like. Perfectly named The Hell Hole, this abomination is located in Turkmenistan.
The evil hell hole is located in Turkmenistan, and it is man-made. Soviet scientists accidentally created the place when their drilling rig suddenly collapsed, creating a hole that emanates natural gas. After they set the hole on fire to see what happened, the hole has never stopped burning for 40 years.
Abandoned Spy Station
No one really wants to relive the Cold War. But if you are curious, even the slightest, then Teufelsberg in Berlin, Germany, is the place to visit. The place was abandoned just after the fall of the Berlin War and has become an unpopulated NSA American station.
Teufelsberg is known to have some pretty dangerous and difficult paths leading to it, and visiting is actually prohibited. People can still go there and take photos from the outside, but that’s all there is.
Thurmond has sadly become just another ghost town to visit. But in truth, it was once a beautiful rail town around the early 19th century, which connected West Virginia to all of its surrounding urban centers.
Tourists and locals love visiting the place and taking photos, as many of the Rail town’s buildings stand tall until today. Surprisingly, it seems like about five people can still be found living there, according to the census of 2013. We wonder what attracts them to the place!
The Bolivian desert of Uyuni is a stunning natural landscape has become one of the most famous tourist places in the world. Millions of people from all over the world visit the salt flat every year, fascinated by its abandoned 20th-century train cemetery.
Uyuni is amazing, and history shows that the huge wagons come from England and are mainly used for transporting salt around Bolivia. More than 100 trains can be found in the place, and anyone is allowed to visit it for free.
Stranded Sea Forts
For history lovers out there, visiting the Maunsell Sea and Air Forts is probably a must. The place is located in the Thames Estuary and is a vivid reminder of some of the most difficult moments during World War II.
The fort was built mainly to protect English troops from attacks coming from Germany. Entering the fort is now illegal, but in 2005, an artist called Stephen Turner was doing an experiment, moving to the Forts for 36 days. Boat tours still exist, though, allowing tourists to explore it all from the outside.
Prora was once a resort that is located in Rugen. Rugen is an Island located on the Baltic Sea in Germany. The resort was famous back in the day, and some people even say that Hitler used to mention that he wanted to go there, but never managed to find the time for it.
The resort is made of eight identical buildings and was built sometime in 1930. Because of World War II, the resort’s construction had to be interrupted in the middle because of the war and was basically left to rot.
Deserted Medieval Fortress
This town is one of the oldest ones on our list. Craco was built as far back as the 8th century, during Medieval times. The town was built with such strong materials that it resisted many natural disasters, staying strong until 1991.
That year, every single family who lived there was forced to flee. The town is absolutely stunning though, with some of the most amazing views in the world. Its beautiful castle and church are only some of the attractions that make it worthwhile a visit.
The Forgotten Fishing Village
Houtouwan Village is a tiny Chinese village, found in Shengshan Island. Thousands of families once lived there and lived mostly from fishing and sea-related activities. Slowly though, local families started moving to other places around China because the village was simply running out of fish.
Eventually, no one else lived there, turning the place into just another creepy town in the world. Today, very few residents live there, who mainly make a living out of the many tourists fascinated with the small village.
Haunted Pagan Inn
This ancient inn is considered one of the least conserved inns in the West. It was built in the 12th century and has a curious story behind it. People say that the land where the Ancient Ram Inn was built was once a pagan burial ground, which has more than 20 spirits, including an incubus and children.
The place is full of creepy stories, that also includes a witch’s burning during the 1500s. Either way, a person needs to gain some courage before visiting the place, as you might leave with nightmares for days after.