Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Monday 2 October 2023 Dublin: 12°C
# eerie
Here's 21 incredible photos of abandoned places from around the world
Stranger than fiction.

HAVE YOU EVER wondered what the world would look like without humans? 

Abandoned cities like Pripyat, Ukraine, and forgotten amusement parks like Dreamland in Beijing, China, give us an idea of what that world might look like if we weren’t around anymore.

Thanks to Instagram, it’s easy to take a virtual tour of these abandoned places around the world.

Plus, the photos of the decaying buildings and moss-covered roller-coasters are totally fascinating, if not a little bit eerie.

Check out the sand-filled remains of Kolmanskop, Namibia, a once thriving town built around a diamond mine in the early 1900s.

insta1 Instagram / Instagram Instagram / Instagram / Instagram

Michigan Central Station has been closed since 1988. Here’s a look inside the abandoned ticket lobby.

insta2 Intelligentlifemagazine / Instagram Intelligentlifemagazine / Instagram / Instagram

These ruined buildings in Henry River Mill Village, North Carolina, might look familiar. The abandoned town served as the set for District 12 in “The Hunger Games.”

insta3 Hoytst / Instagram Hoytst / Instagram / Instagram

Construction on China’s Wonderland Amusement Park was stopped in 1998. Here’s what the unfinished park looks like today.

china jHolland1 / Imgur The abandoned Wonderland Amusement Park outside Beijing, China jHolland1 / Imgur / Imgur

The city of Pripyat, Ukraine, was evacuated in 1986 after the meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Here’s what’s left of the city’s swimming pool.

insta5 Jesperbrunhoj / Instagram Jesperbrunhoj / Instagram / Instagram

Sanzhi Pod City in Taiwan was never completed due to a shortage of funding and several construction accidents.

insta6 Jdstoker / Instagram Jdstoker / Instagram / Instagram

Check out the “Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane,” in upstate New York. Once a year, tourists are allowed on the premises to tour the creepy facilities.

insta7 Chrysalismoon / Instagram Chrysalismoon / Instagram / Instagram

Here’s a look inside the morgue at the Willard Asylum.

insta8 Chrysalismoon / Instagram Chrysalismoon / Instagram / Instagram

Don’t expect to see any tourists at the abandoned Varosha Resort in Cyprus.

insta9 / Instagram / Instagram / Instagram

Check out this forgotten hospital from an Instagrammer in Florida.

insta10 Abandoned_southeast / Instagram Abandoned_southeast / Instagram / Instagram

The last residents of Bodie, California, left fifty years ago. Since then, time has stood still in the former boom town.

insta11 Cozykitch / Instagram Cozykitch / Instagram / Instagram

After the fall of East Germany, the Beelitz Sanatorium fell into disrepair.

insta12 Whatalexloves / Instagram Whatalexloves / Instagram / Instagram

Originally built in 1886 for French aristocrats, the Chateau Miranda has been empty for years.

insta13 Masciafilippo / Instagram Masciafilippo / Instagram / Instagram

Here’s a look inside.

insta14 Xavierchfx / Instagram Xavierchfx / Instagram / Instagram

Used by the British Navy during World War II, some remains from the Maunsell Sea Forts are still visible off the shore of the Thames Estuary today.

insta15 Olistevens66 / Instagram Olistevens66 / Instagram / Instagram

Nature has overtaken this old ride at a former Berlin amusement park.

insta16 Jaw_str / Instagram Jaw_str / Instagram / Instagram

Turns out, there are a lot of forgotten amusement parks in the world. Here’s a scene from the Nara Dreamland Theme Park in Japan.

insta17 Getit_pro / Instagram Getit_pro / Instagram / Instagram

Hashima Island in Japan was once a bustling city. Now its buildings are crumbling to the ground.

insta18 Marcqnl / Instagram Marcqnl / Instagram / Instagram

The Monceau Power Plant in Belgium was officially shut down in 2007.

insta19 Iamadream / Instagram Iamadream / Instagram / Instagram

Here’s a look inside one of the plant’s cooling towers. Check out all the moss.

insta20 Iamadream / Instagram Iamadream / Instagram / Instagram

The wreck of the SS Ayrfield in Australia has also been taken over by trees.

insta21 Adameasom / Instagram Adameasom / Instagram / Instagram

Published with permission from
Business Insider
Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.