We’re used to seeing places maintained and kept to a high standard. Usually, we travel to places that are made to look as nice as possible through consistent cleaning and maintenance. But what about the places that are left behind?
This article explores some of the most amazing abandoned places in the world. Sometimes, a little neglect can go a long way in adding to the beauty of the world. Would you like to visit these places? Take a look…
Hirta – Scotland
This impressive bit of land was once home to an entire village, back in the 1930s. However, weather in the north of Scotland is no easy thing to battle, and the inhabitants moved to live somewhere warmer.w
One day they got up and left, plaresulting in this completely deserted village. These stone homes now stand tall, unchanged, after 80 years. Many of them appear to be repairable, so who knows what the future stores for Hirta.
Dome Homes – Florida, USA
These dome homes were built off the coast of Marco Island in 1980. Originally planned as vacation homes, they were hit by hurricanes and ultimately suffered from decay. Coastline agencies have determined that they are too expensive to fix, leaving them abandoned.
Today, it is nearly impossible to find one of these dome homes that hasn’t been left to crumble into the ocean. Would you have liked to see these fully operational? We think they would be amazing!
Villa – Lake Como, Italy
The strange thing about this villa in Lake Como is the complete mystery behind it. Locals understand that this villa was constructed in roughly the 1800s, but there are no records to indicate this.
Rumors state that the home was left alone after a gruesome murder or suicide – but still, no one knows. Today, it is left largely alone and visitors are advised to stay away from it. To us, it looks like the scene of a new horror film!
Berlin – Nevada, USA
Berlin – in Nevada, not Germany! – became popular in 1897 in the midst of a mining boom. Unfortunately, the industry never quite took off and was essentially abandoned by 1911.
No one stayed around to maintain it or turn it into something else, so it hasn’t changed all the way up until today. At time of writing, it is part of Nevada State Park. Visitors can explore the area and see what it looked more than 100 years ago.
Kolmanskop – Namibia
Upon first glance, you’ll be fooled into thinking it’s a picture painted on a canvas. It’s actually a real photo of Kolmanskop. Founded in 1908, the town was formed after a man found a diamond in the rough. Suddenly, many outsiders flocked to the area hoping to strike it rich.
When no more diamonds turned up, villagers also exhausted all other rare and natural resources. Everyone soon left, leaving the town abandoned by 1954. No one visits it today.
Pripyat – Ukraine
This city opened its doors on February 4, 1970. Pripyat is situated near the Belarus border and is a Soviet nuclear city. At the time, it was home to many of the workers who commuted to Chernobyl.
After the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, the entire city was evacuated due to the extremely high levels of radiation. To this day, you are allowed to visit – but only with an escort and you must have your radiation levels checked afterward. You have been warned!
The Kilchurn Castle – Scotland
Today, Kilchurn Castle is one of the most photographed castles in the world. It was built in the 1400s and has sadly been left to decay since the 1700s. The untouched estate attracts people from all over the world who marvel at its incredible presence despite being neglected for 300 years.
In its time, it housed some of the most influential families and officials when they visited the country. It’s something we can imagine in the next James Bond film!
Kayokoy – Turkey
This small Turkish town sits between the Tauras Mountains. According to sources, its entire population moved to Greece as a political change. The town today is deserted – leaving 350 buildings completwely empty and neglected.
Moss and ivy have made them home now, with no humans spending time there. It is unsure if Turkey has plans to restore Kayokoy into a new town or to keep it how it is. What do you think they should do with it?
The Floating Island – Australia
The boat, the SS Ayrfield, was constructed in 1911 in the UK. It was registered as an Australian steam collier but became a Navy transport vessel in WWII for American soldiers. It operated until 1972, when it was retired in Sydney along the Homebush Bay.
The bay is known specifically as a ‘ship graveyard’ and the SS Ayrfield has a new life as host of a mangrove tree and lush greenery. Visitors can observe it from a distance.
Allerheiligen Monastery – Germany
This monastery is almost 900 years old! It was built in 1192 inside of the Black Forest of Germany and still stands tall today. Sadly, the church was struck by lightning three times in a row during a particularly powerful storm. It was burnt down and no one chose to rebuild it.
If a church was struck three times, we think it should be left alone! We wonder what happened inside it for someone or something to strike it three times!
Ta Prohm Temple – Cambodia
This temple sits 3.5 km northeast of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. After the demise of the 17th-century empire, it was abandoned and has been left alone even to today. Over the hundreds of years since its abandonment, the jungle has engulfed it and claimed the temple as its new territory.
Even though it is unused, locals to maintain it to make sure the powerful jungle doesn’t completely destroy it. Today, it is kept as a monument where people can explore it.
Maunsell Army Sea Forts – UK
These sea forts were designed by Guy Maunsell and constructed in 1942. Originally, they were situated on the Thames and Mersey, intended to protect the UK during WWII. It was less than 10 years until all of these forts were shut down and decommissioned.
For a while, they were used by people to broadcast illegal radio stations, but that also stopped in time. Today, they are entirely empty – or is that what they want us to think?
Bodiam Castle – UK
During the Hundred Year War, a soldier built Bodiam Castle to protect East Sussex from the French. It served as a defensive castle throughout the medieval times, but soldiers eventually left the castle. Today, it reminds visitors of the rich history in Britain.
Tourists simply cross a moat – yes, a moat – and can journey through the building and witness the history. Although not ‘abandoned’, it is no longer used to protect the British from the French.
Methodist Church – Indiana, USA
This Methodist Church once had 3,000 members when it was used in 1926. This property was originally worth $1 million at the time ($13 million today), making it one of the most valuable buildings at the time.
Over time, employment in the area started to decline and crime rate rose – causing people to flock the town of Gary. Now, it is largely deserted – with it being totally abandoned in the 1980s. Who knows, it might be bought by another religion soon.
Tiki Palace – Chattanooga, Tennessee
This creepy pool used to belong to a strip club built in 1972. The home was a massive 5,600 square foot property and the host of hundreds of parties in the swinging seventies. Unfortunately, the place was shut down after only a year when its owner hired a hitman to kill his wife’s lover.
For years, the place was largely left alone, earning the respect of locals who would enter and explore the property. Finally, in 2017, the site was demolished.
The Kiev River Boat – Kiev
This hydrofoil has been left abandoned and is a reminder of the Soviet era. The boat was designed to take trips along the Dnieper, in Kiev, toward the Kiev Sea. Today, it remains the only single-deck high-speed passenger ship.
At its peak, it is estimated that the rocket, named ‘Sunrise’, could travel at speeds reaching 60km. The boat has since been abandoned and is left to nature. Adventurous explorers can go and visit it, although government officials don’t recommend it.
Hotel Del Salto – Colombia
This hotel was built to overlook the Bogota River. Constructed in 1928, it gave tourists the opportunity to get close to the waterfalls and mother nature. Due to a number of safety concerns over time, the building was closed in 1991.
Today, locals believe that the property is haunted! Visitors often journey to the property but hear weird noises all throughout the night. It is not recommended to visit the Hotel Del Salto after dark! Would you go?
Michigan Central Train Station – USA
This train station once had everything going for it. Built in 1913, it promised to bring in talent from all the surrounding areas in the Midwest. But as the city’s economics began to crumble, so too did the station itself.
It was closed in 1988 and still stands tall, but empty, today. It has become a staple in Michigan, with rapper Eminem using it in his film, 8 Mile. Rumors are swirling around that car company FORD is planning to buy it.
I.M Cooling Tower – Belgium
This incredible site is home to a cooling tower. Located in an old power station in Monceau, Belgium, the structure is largely abandoned today. It was used in the 1900s but the government shut it down and has no plans to reopen it.
Perhaps in the future, officials or private companies will decide what to do with the massive space it takes up. For now, it rests unused and alone.
Last House on Holland Island – USA
Here sits a house that was once a pretty successful island colony! It was located in the Chesapeake Bay, which suffered from the erosionof the mud along its coast. Over time, the island started to crumble away!
For a while, this was the last remaining property on the island. People could marvel from a distance at its seclusion. As you can see, the birds loved it! Sadly, it collapsed in 2010.
House of the Bulgarian Communist Party – Bulgaria
This is a view of the former headquarters for Bulgaria’s Communist Party. It looks just like a James Bond villain lair from the outside, and the inside isn’t much different! The building is literally in the shape of a flying saucer.
The building itself was in use for 10 years between 1981 and 1991. The party collapsed after the fall of the Soviet Union and no one has taken control of the site. It is now an empty and hollow room, although there are plans to restore it.
Nara Dreamland – Japan
The Nara Dreamland Park was inspired by Disneyland. It opened its doors to the public in 1961, but by 2006 had already shut down. Perhaps Disney’s venture into Japan had an effect on the sales and popularity.
Today, it remains the perfect spot for tourists and travelers to explore the ruins. But look out: security guards still sometimes patrol the area. While you won’t get in too much trouble if you’re caught on the site, you might get a fine.
Abandoned Mill – Italy
Deep in Sorrento, Italy, sits this mill in the valley. According to reports, it was abandoned in 1866 and has been largely untouched ever since. At the time, it ground wheat and operated nearby a sawmill, too.
The reason for its abandonment is clear: it was isolated from the sea when Tasso Square was built. This meant the humidity rose to extra high levels and it became unsustainable.