There are many abandoned places around the world. Some are shockingly scary while others inspire an intense feeling of awe. However, every single one has its own unique history.
Below is a list of some of the most shocking places from around the world that will either fascinate you or scare the hell out of you.
1. Beelitz Military Hospital, Germany
Beelitz-Heilstätten or Beelitz Sanatorium was turned into a military hospital and was the largest health complex for soldiers of Imperial German Army during the World War I. The vine-covered buildings, rusty beds and empty corridors with walls covered in graffiti are what remains of a gigantic hospital which once treated Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, after it was abandoned in the fall of East Germany. Locals and tourists say that the huge territory of the hospital concentrates paranormal activity and an eerie atmosphere.
2. Hotel del Salto, Bogotá, Colombia
Hotel del Salto was a luxurious hotel opened on the cliff facing the famous Tequendama Falls to welcome wealthy travelers visiting the falls, which is located 30 km southwest of Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia. The hotel was closed in the early 1990s, mainly because the prolonged reconstruction has reduced tourist interest in the area. However, rumor has it that the hotel was the scene of several suicides. Some even believe that the whole place is haunted.
3. Michigan Central Station, Detroit
Michigan Central Station was the main intercity passenger rail depot for Detroit, Michigan. At the time of its construction in 1913, it was the tallest railway station building in the world. The station was closed in 1988, but in late 1990 it was again opened to the public. However, later that year, the station was closed because of numerous acts of vandalism. Today, the station remains closed and guarded by state security.
4. Pripyat, Ukraine
Pripyat is a ghost town in northern Ukraine. It was founded as the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union to serve the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. However, on April 27, 1986, after the Chernobyl disaster, the entire city was left abandoned as the government ordered an immediate evacuation of the area allowing no one to carry away any personal possessions.
5. SS America
SS America was an ocean liner commissioned in 1941 for service as a troop transport and was renamed the USS West Point. Postwar years transformed SS America into a passenger vessel. In 1980, a new owner wanted to convert the ship into a prison. In 1994, the ship sailed into a thunderstorm in the Atlantic Ocean and ran aground near the coast of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. The ship ultimately collapsed into the sea in 2007 and as of today only the keel remains visible at low tide.
6. Miranda Castle, Celles, Belgium
Château Miranda, also known as Château de Noisy, is a 19th-century neo-Gothic castle in Celles, Belgium. It was built in 1866 under commission from the Liedekerke-De Beaufort family whose descendants remained in occupation until World War II. The castle has stood empty and completely abandoned since 1991 because the costs to maintain it were too large, and a search for investors in the property failed.
7. Discovery Island, Florida, USA
Discovery Island is an island in Bay Lake, Florida, built on Walt Disney World property in 1974. It was open for visitors as an attraction center, where they could admire many species of local flora and fauna. However, the attraction center was closed and left abandoned since 1999.
8. Power Plant of Charleroi, Belgium
Power plant of Charleroi was originally built in 1921. When it was finished, it was one of the largest coal burning power plants in Belgium. However, in 2006, Greenpeace made several negative announcements regarding this plant. It claimed that the plant created a mass release of carbon dioxide in the country. Shortly after this, in 2007, the power plant was closed. The magnificent cooling tower still looms over the town but no longer create electricity.
9. San Zhi Resort, Taiwan
This was supposed to be a relaxing, futuristic neighborhood area, but was abandoned after several mysterious deaths occurred during construction. So these structures that look like small UFOs have been just sitting there unused.
10. Oradour-sur-Glane, France
This tiny French village was completely decimated by the Nazis in World War II, with every building destroyed and nearly every resident killed. Now all that stands is haunting remains — and you can even feel the haunting vibe emanating from the scene.
11. Varosha, Cyprus
Varosha used to be a resort and modern tourist area of the city on the coast of Cyprus. But after the Turkish invasion, Varosha was completely evacuated, and it still stands the way it looked on the day the town was attacked in 1974.
Time to pay them a visit? What do you say?