Top 10 Incredible Deserted Places

Top 10 Incredible Deserted Places

Abandoned places often attract urban explorers and adventurers, who seek for more unconventional destinations. The deserted parks, castles and other corners are enigmatic and therefore draws an enormous attention. See our list of ten great haunted places. Which one would you like to visit?

10. Chatillon Car Graveyard, Belgium

The apocalyptic images depict an old car graveyard, whose origins are quite mysterious. According to an urban legend, these once belonged to American soldiers, who were unable to take them to the USA at the time, so they hid them in the forest. However, according to the locals this was a place, where people used to dump cars after the WWII.

How to get there?

Unfortunately the cars were removed for environmental reasons in 2010.

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Photo by Johan Hannes

9. Navagio Beach, Zakynthos Island, Greece

One of the most famous European beaches is loved by the tourists as well as the base jumpers. But there is also something less known: the wreck of a ship Panagiotis is found on the beach and ads up an extra thrill to this idyllic place. The ship was smuggling cigarettes and wine, when it was chased by the authorities and caught by the storm. It hit the shore and was abandoned.

How to get there?

Get there by boat from Porto Vromi, which makes trips every hour. The journey takes only 30 minutes.

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Photo by Ferenc Verebélyi

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Photo by Desi Tseneva

8. Slope Point, South Island, New Zealand

The southernmost point of beautiful New Zealand mainly is used for sheep herding. The environment here is incredibly harsh: strong winds from Antarctica blow 2000 miles and then smash into Slope Point. These uninterrupted intense winds have affected the trees, that have crooked tremendously.

How to get there?

Slope Point can only be reached by a 20 minute hike from Waikawa and Haldane villages.

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Photo by Carol Darby

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Photo by Andre Wagner

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7. Buzludzha Monument, Stara Planina, Bulgaria

Opened in 1981 on the 1441 m high Buzludzha peak, the monument was built to pay homage to the fights between the Bulgarians and Turks. The monument is no longer used and is abandoned, since it is a symbol of a long gone communism. But its futuristic interiors, that look like a spaceship, attract visitors and adventurers.

How to get there?

It is situated 12 km from the Shipka Pass. Get there by bus or car.

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Photo by Mark O’Neill

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Photo by Ivelina Popova-Kia

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Photo by David Nightingale

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6. Kolmanskop, Namibia

Once a wealthy diamond mining village, named after driver Johnny Coleman, today it serves as an enigmatic tourist destination. Often referred to as a ghost town, Kolmanskop was destroyed by the Namib desert. Kolmanskop was abandoned by its residents in 1954 after the diamond fields had exhausted. The deserted settlement finally became covered with sand.

How to get there?

By car. Take the B4 road from Luderitz.

Top Deserted Places-Namibia-Photo by Marsel van Oosten

Photo by Marsel van Oosten

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Photo by Chris Habegger

5. Star Wars Set Tatooine, Chott el Djerid, Sahara, Tunisia

The epic movie’s set was rediscovered by artist Rä di Martino. Apparently, the film set was not dismantled, but left by the crew in the desert. The film set is obviously eroded by the sand and wind and looks like an abandoned settlement on another planet. Today the site is visited by devoted fans.

How to get there?

The best and easiest way to find the site is by hiring a local driver.

4. Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico

Edward James – an eccentric English artist – has created this surreal park in a rainforest in Mexico. The surreal sculptures, that look like the ruins of a building, blend well with unspoiled beautiful nature and create an impression of a deserted wonderland.

How to get there?

Fly to Tampico, Queretaro or Leon from Houston, Mexico City or Monterrey. Then get to San Miguel. From here it is a 6-8 hour drive to Xilitla.

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Photo by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel

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Photo by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel

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Photo by Nathan Goldenzweig

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Photo by Robert Lautrec

3. Bannerman Castle, Pollepel Island, New York

The island was long uninhabited at all, because Native Americans believed it was haunted. Throughout history it had only five owners, Francis Bannerman among them. The businessman built a summer residence here. Today it is a popular tourist destination, as the ruins are indeed very intriguing. Some flowers and shrubs, that have been planted by Mrs. Bannerman, still grow here.

How to get there?

Get there from Newburgh and Beacon by boat or kayak, every Saturday and Sunday, from May through October.

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2. Nara Dreamland, Nara, Japan

A theme park built in 1961 was closed in 2006. Although it was not popular enough to keep it open, now its security had been increased since many adventurers get in to observe the abandoned amusement park. Keep in mind that it is illegal to go there: a lot of intruders are arrested every year.

How to get there?

Easy access by train or bus from any major city.

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Photo by Jordy Meow

1. Chateau Miranda, Celles, Belgium

Built in the 19th century by French aristocrats who escaped the Revolution, the castle was taken over by the Belgian government, that established an orphanage here. It was closed in 1980, but the family refused to relinquish it to the state to take care of it. Therefore, today it attracts adventurers and ghost hunters.

How to get there?

Keep in mind that you can be fined for getting inside. Get to the village of Celles by train.

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Photo by Andreas S

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Photo by David Baker

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Photo by David Baker

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