Have you ever been a fan of thrilling experiences in life? We positively hope you are, and that is why you got up here, following the topic. If you are a travel enthusiast and planning for your upcoming trip, we recommend having a one-of-a-lifetime experience. So pack your bags, get your visa and let us take you on tour worldwide with a solid thriller. Learn about the infamous ghost towns- places that are abandoned, unvisited and have tales of some of the spookiest things in the world!
When we say ghost town, we mean a deserted place with few or no inhabitants at all! That truly sounds scary, and visiting these towns is scarier! Visit the deadliest ghost towns around the world and challenge your guts to the extreme.
We have made a list of 22 ghost towns from around the world that will leave you fascinated. However, if you have a weak heart, we recommend you avoid travelling to these places.
Ghost Towns Around the World
Firstly, take a trip to Europe. Located in Southern Italy’s Basilicata region, Craco is no man’s land. The city has faced massive immigration to North America in the first few decades of the 20th century, followed by a massive landslide in 1963 and a flood in 1972. All these incidents made this high altitude city abandoned by the early twenty-first century. However, a few movies have been shot in this ghost city.
Hashima Island, Japan
Situated around 9 miles off the coast of Nagasaki, the former coal-mining region of Southern Japan, Hashima Island is now a ghost island. The buildings are very well built and decorated, but people do not live there. This abandoned site was included on the United Nations World Heritage Site list in 2015, and the city is waiting for a renaissance.
Situated in the Taurus Mountains of Turkey, Kayakoy city is a victim of political issues between Turkey and Greece, and it has been abandoned since the 1920s. Since then, only ghosts have been living in the 350 beautiful yet vacant homes of the town. Lately, people have been in efforts to convert it into a museum village.
Everyone is aware of the tragic Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986. It did not only take the lives of the people but also took away their own city from them. Due to the nuclear radiation aftermath, the city has been evacuated, and since then, no one has lived there. Pripyat city was abandoned and remained only a ghost town. Travelling to the city is not only about guts but concerns health as well.
The Skeleton Coast of Namibia has a steep incline and decline graph to be an attractive city. During the first decade of the last century, the Germans were searching for diamonds in the city and, all of a sudden, the city saw a great buzz. But after that, when the resources were exhausted, the city returned to the state where it used to be. The difference remains that it now holds good houses with floors filled with deep layers of sand.
Bodie, California, USA
Much similar to the Kolmanskop, the small isolated village at Bodie was suddenly converted into a mining camp when they found traces of gold. But when the gold storage ran out, the newly built city became an abandoned place, and only 2000 buildings remained without people. Since 1940, Bodie has been a ghost town. Finally, it is a California Historical Landmark and managed and preserved by the Bodie Foundation.
The history of the place is much older than you might think. It has remained an Austrian village since 1143 AD. During the Nazi regime, the village was evacuated and converted into a military camp. After the end of the war, the village was abandoned, and even the villagers who once lived here did not come back. However, the place is open for visitors, and they are allowed to visit to the Church, Square and the Graveyard.
Old Ghost Road Trail, New Zealand
Another example of people extracting gold and abandoning the place thereafter! It is a remote place and a trail of 85 kilometres on New Zealand’s South Island. It is a trail much scarier due to its complete abundance, and the buildings throughout include schools, hotels and graveyards. Once a busy gold mining hub now, nature has its supremacy over there. A pure ghost town!
Pyramiden, Svalbard, Norway
Yet another incident of a former mining community abandoning a place. The community was founded by Sweden in 1970 but sold to the USSR soon after a couple of years. Although it has a grand statue of Lenin, it has been abandoned. Since 1998, Pyramiden has been a ghost town, and no people have shown up against the ghosts.
Once the capital city of Montserrat, the Caribbean city now counts the population as nil. This is due to the volcanic eruption in 1995, which gulped up a part of the city. The people living in the city were evacuated immediately, and since then, no one has dared to live life again here. Around 4000 people lived there once, but to date, it has been a ghost town.
It was in the year 1911 when the Kennecott Copper mining community was formed. It was a very famous and rich mining hub till 1938, when copper mining ceased. Now it remains a ghost town, and ironically, it is a National Historic Landmark District, protected by the National Park services. However, no person from Alaska lives here.
Centralia, Pennsylvania, USA
Pennsylvania once was a central coal-mining hub in the United States of America. It was established in 1856. For decades, it has been fulfilling the coal needs throughout the states. But, during the 1960s, it became a devastating issue in the town. The whole city was evacuated gradually. Today, no one lives there or travels through the place. Many have reported underground coal fires at certain times to date. Once a busy township, it has now turned into a home of ghosts.
We all know about the famous American car manufacturing company Ford. The owner of the company, Henry Ford, once imagined and built a great township near their rubber plantation in the Amazon forest. In 1927, Ford initiated developing the corporate city with all the luxury. But, due to certain situations, the relationship between the workers and managers worsened, leaving the city abandoned. Since 1930, the city has been a ghost town.
This ghost town was created for some political reasons. Varosha used to be one of the famous tourist destinations in the 1970s. The lavish hotels and beaches were the main attractions that blew people’s minds. But, in 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus and Varosha is one of the places that was the victim of this political tension. Since then, it has remained an abandoned city despite the buildings and other destinations being still intact.
Villa Epecuén, Argentina
Situated in the Buenos Aires Province of Argentina, this village was a famous tourist hotspot during the twentieth century. The village was on the shore of Lake Epecuén, and it was widely known for its rich natural scenic beauty and biodiversity. As the village was situated on the shores of the lake, it was very dependent on the water controlled by a dam.
In 1985, due to a failure in the dam, the water from the lake flooded the village. The village took a major hit from destruction by the flood. The village remained lost till 2009. Gradually, the water has receded, but the village has never seen a human population since then.
The city is widely known for its UFO houses. The buildings were constructed as the shapes of UFOs, and their primary purpose was to be a vacation destination for the US military personnel who were posted in Asia.
But it was very unfortunate that soon the city was abandoned. Major car accidents and financial losses are some of the primary reasons for the abundance of the town. Until 2010, the city structures were utterly destroyed.
Ross Island, India
A part of the British ruled India, and Ross Island was a significant island in the southern Andaman. But since India got independence, this island has remained as an abandoned city. It was a major part of the British Administration for the Penal Settlements. However, recently the Indian government has taken the authority to maintain the island, and it has been developing as a tourist attraction. The graveyard and ruined church remains give a scary feeling in the ghost town.
Isla de las Munecas, Mexico
Widely known as the Island of Dolls, this abandoned island is one of the scariest places in Mexico. The story of the island tells that a caretaker of the island once found a girl’s dead body in the borders, and for the satisfaction of the girl’s spirit, he started collecting dolls from trash and hanging them in the trees.
If you go to the island, you will see hanging dolls throughout the island. The story gets scarier when the dead body of the caretaker was found in 2001 at the same place where he had claimed to have found the girl’s body. The stories rumoured around it have made the island more of a haunted place, and no one has lived there since then.
Grytviken, South Georgia
Have you ever imagined an abandoned place with large rusty ships in the middle of the city along with other constructions? The Grytviken city of South Georgia England has the same structure. It was established by a Norwegian Sea Captain in the year 1904 as a whaling station for his fishing company. But later on, with the regulations on fishing, the businesses came to a complete shutdown and the settlements officially closed down in 1966. However, the churches located in the city sometimes witness marriages. Otherwise, the city is entirely a ghost town with no living human beings.
One of the preferred destinations of moviemakers, Poggioreale, is a ghost town caused by an earthquake. It is situated in the Belice Valley of North-West Sicily. A major earthquake shook the town and left it in ruins in 1968. The destruction was so devastating that people living there could not get the courage to rebuild. However, a new city has been developed by them a few kilometres away. Since then, it has remained a ghost town. The only time the destroyed city witnessed a human being was when the moviemakers went to shoot their next film about World War II.
The village of France witnessed one of the worst consequences of war in 1944. During World War II, the Nazi soldiers massacred 642 citizens of the village and burned their houses. Most of the residents have been murdered brutally, and few fled to the jungle and saved their lives.
Although a new village with the same name has been rebuilt in a nearby place after the war, the ruins and remains of the burnt village are kept reserved as a tribute to people who lost their lives. It is one of the famous ghost towns that has been reserved by the government to remain as a ghost town.
Six Flags, New Orleans, USA
We all know or at least heard about the Katrina hurricane of 2005, which has caused major destruction in some parts of the United States. Six Flags amusement and theme park in New Orleans is a significant victim of the hurricane. Almost 80% of the park was destroyed, causing an amount of loss the owners could not afford. The park was quite widespread, and it has been abandoned to be a ghost town carrying memories of a worse nightmare.
While talking about the abandoned places around the world, we notice a significant similarity among them. Most of the ghost towns around the world used to be one of the busiest and most vibrant places to live. But due to certain situations, these places are abandoned and left in ruins.
The most common reason among them is the mining of natural resources. People found traces of the existence of natural resources in places, and they developed the towns for the best of their comfort. But, these non-renewable sources were once exhausted, and eventually, people left there, leaving the town empty. We see many instances in the list where the towns are recognised only because of their gold and coal storage.
Another reason for these abandoned places is natural disasters and phenomena. Calamities like earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions have destroyed cities and left them in ruins. However, these places are also some places which store a lot of research opportunities and potential.
If you are a traveller and believe in testing your limits, pick some scarier places from the list. You might encounter some experiences that you would not have in any other place in the world.