It is people who make a place – any place – feel more alive. If there were no people, a place would fall to desolation and would wear a look that can be best described as creepy. That creepy look earns the abandoned place a certain degree of notoriety, and people start calling it haunting. But not all haunting places need to scare your wits out; some can be fascinating to visit and photograph.

1. Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture, FranceChemin de fer de Petite Ceinture, France

2. A tree growing through an abandoned piano

A tree growning through an abandoned piano


3. Church in St. Etienne, France

Church in St. Etienne, FranceCredit:

4. The Titanic wreck

The Titanic wreckCredit:

Perhaps one of the most haunted places beneath the sea. The above picture is an illustration.

5. Poveglia Island, Italy

Poveglia Island, Italy

The island was a dumping ground for plague victims during French ruler Napoleon Bonaparte‘s reign.

6. Island Home, Finland

Island Home, Finland

7. Shipwrecks in a sandbar, Bermuda Triangle

Shipwrecks in a sandbar, Bermuda TriangleCredit:

8. Overgrown palace, Poland

Overgrown palace, PolandCredit: Lucas Malkiewicz

No one would agree that the Polish royalty once resided here.

9. Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California

Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CaliforniaCredit:

Look closely and you’ll notice that the bottom half of the picture looks exactly similar to the top half. That is because of the mirror effect due to flooding. (There are not two lights on the third pillar from left, just one)

10. Chris McCandless’ magic bus, Stampede Trail, Alaska

Chris McCandless’ magic bus, Stampede Trail, Alaska

Bus 142 of Christopher McCandless, an American hitchhiker whose story was told through the movie “Into The Wild”. No need to say more.

11. Turquoise Canal, Venice, Italy.

Turquoise Canal, Venice, Italy.Credit:

12. Victorian-style tree house, Florida, USA

Victorian-style tree house, Florida, USACredit:

13. Tree growning around an abandoned bicycle

Tree growning around an abandoned bicycleCredit:

14. Staircase to nowhere, Pismo Beach, California

Staircase to nowhere, Pismo Beach, CaliforniaCredit:

15. Nara Dreamland, Japan

Nara Dreamland, JapanCredit:

Opened in 1961, the park closed in 2006 because of low visitor numbers. Quite a fast decay, must we say!

16. Abandoned mining track, Taiwan

Abandoned mining track, TaiwanCredit:

17. Abandoned Jetty

Abandoned JettyCredit:

18. Bare footprints in an abandoned nuclear reactor

Bare footprints in an abandoned nuclear reactorCredit:

19. An abandoned waterpark

An abandoned waterparkCredit:

20. McDonald’s


21. Boathouse, Obersee Lake, Germany

Boathouse, Obersee Lake, GermanyCredit:

22. Library, Russia

Library, RussiaCredit:

23. Abandoned hallway

Abandoned hallwayCredit: Matthias Haker

24. Doll factory, Spain

Doll factory, SpainCredit:

25. Methodist church, Gary, Indiana

Methodist church, Gary, IndianaCredit:

26. Movie theater in Detroit, Michigan

Movie theater in Detroit, MichiganCredit:

Detroit has recently fallen into despair and many of its historic buildings have fallen into disuse.

27. Church in the snow, Canada

Church in the snow, CanadaCredit:

28. An abandoned church with a few lingering parishioners, Netherlands

An abandoned church with a few lingering parishioners, Netherlands

29. Blue spiral staircase in a European castle

Blue spiral staircase in a European castleCredit: Matthias Haker

30. Soviet naval testing station in Makhachkala, Russia

Soviet naval testing station in Makhachkala, RussiaCredit:

31. Church steeple peeking out of a frozen lake, Reschen, Italy

Church steeple peeking out of a frozen lake, Reschen, ItalyCredit:

32. Glenwood power station, New York

Glenwood power station, New YorkCredit: Will Ellis

33. Flooded mall

Flooded mallCredit:

34. Abandoned theater

Abandoned theaterCredit:

35. Car graveyard, Ardennes, Belgium

Car graveyard, Ardennes, BelgiumCredit:

The cars belonged to American soldiers of World War II who found them too costly to ship back home.

36. Spreepark, Berlin, Germany

Spreepark, Berlin, GermanyCredit:

37. Driverless bumper cars, Chernobyl, Ukraine

Driverless bumper cars, Chernobyl, UkraineCredit:

38. Abandoned hospital bed. Chernobyl, Ukraine

Abandoned hospital bed. Chernobyl, UkraineCredit:

39. Forgotten Bugattis

Forgotten BugattisCredit:

40. Abandoned House in the Woods

Abandoned House in the WoodsCredit: