The 7 Eeriest Abandoned Places Around The World—& How To Visit Them

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There's no better time to highlight some of the creepiest abandoned places around the world. These sites may be difficult—sometimes even illegal—to visit, but that doesn’t stop some travelers. From ghost towns with a deadly past to buildings that are paranormal hotspots, these destinations aren’t for the faint of heart.

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How To Visit The Top 7 Eeriest Places Around The World

Here are seven of the spookiest abandoned places—and how you can visit them. (At your own risk, of course.) Tragedy tourism Disclaimer: It is important to note that some of these sights are associated with tragic events—the utmost respect and cultural sensitivity should be used while visiting.

1. Pripyat, Ukraine

What Is It?

The infamous Chernobyl Nuclear explosion in 1986 left this town in Northern Ukraine completely abandoned. After the explosion, Pripyat residents had an evacuation period of only two days, so many left their belongings just as they were.


Now, the town serves a time capsule for the Soviet Era, communist propaganda posters and all. Visitors also have noticed that all clocks in the town are set to 11:55, the time when the electricity was set off.


For visitors fascinated by abandoned places, the town features primary schools, homes, a hospital, and even an amusement park. Today, Pripyat has minimal radiation levels and is claimed to be safe for visitors to tour.


How Do I Get There?

Pripyat is located about 100 miles from the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Visitors must obtain a day pass from the Ukrainian government and can take an official tour through a few different agencies. All tours end with a radiation screening.


Illegal entry is possible, but highly advised against. Unofficial visitors must face grueling obstacles, like a difficult long-distance hike and barbed-wire fencing—plus constant security officer patrols.


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2. Willard Asylum, New York, USA

What Is It?

This former asylum “for the chronic insane” began as a promising institution to provide better quality of care to psychiatric patients, many of whom were currently held in overcrowded shelters. Willard Asylum opened in 1869 and boasted large grounds, group activities, and amenities like a beauty salon, movie theater, and bowling alley.


But soon, things took a turn for the worse. Budget cuts led to more overcrowding and worse treatment for patients. By the official abandonment of the asylum in 1995, thousands of bodies were buried in unmarked graves on the grounds.


Today, the Willard Asylum is under the control of Five Points Correctional Facility, and many of its buildings have been left to decay.


How Do I Get There?

Willard Asylum is located in Ovid, New York. Aside from occasional walking tours that have been held in the past, the site is illegal to visit. The grounds are patrolled by Five Points Correctional Facility, but some adventurous tourists have been able to sneak in past their watch.


Be warned, many of the buildings have fallen into disrepair and may have crumbling floors—be very careful where you step.


3. The Island of Dolls (Isla de las Munecas), Mexico

What Is It?

This small island was looked after by a caretaker: Julian. As the tragic legend goes, one day, he saw a drowned girl mysteriously wash up onto the shore. Days later, a doll washed up on the same shore, which Julian hung up in a tree to honor the young girl’s memory.


The caretaker soon became haunted by this little girl and hung up more and more dolls to please her spirit. In 2001, Julian was said to have been found dead, drowned on the same shore as the little girl. It’s up to speculation whether the girl existed or the lonely caretaker had simply gone mad with loneliness.


Either way, this eerie, abandoned island is still covered with these dolls. To make matters even more creepy, many visitors have reported stories of the dolls turning their heads or even whispering to each other.


How Do I Get There?
The island is located near Mexico City in the Xochimilco canals. Visitors will need to hire a boat from one of the Xochimilco piers for round-trip transportation, which may require some negotiation with boat drivers.


Be sure to get dropped off at the real doll island (which can be distinguished by a bamboo fence), as several imitation doll islands have popped up.


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4. Spreepark, Berlin, Germany

What Is It?

This former amusement park in Southeast Berlin has been abandoned since 2001 when its owners were wrapped up with medical concerns and drug-related charges. Once a major East German attraction, the park has been left to rot ever since.


Life-sized dinosaurs are left strewn on the ground, roller coasters seemingly disappear into the forests, and the only noise that can be heard is the Ferris wheel creaking in the wind. Those who sneak into the park find it in a chilling, yet fascinating state of decay.


How Do I Get There?

The park can be reached easily via public transportation in Berlin. Currently, the park is illegal to visit, but events like concerts are occasionally held there, allowing the public to enter.


If visitors are willing to risk trespassing, they can try their luck at sneaking under the fence surrounding the park. This may require digging a hole. Just be quiet—security officers and guard dogs patrol the park.


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5. Nagoro Village, Japan

What Is It?

Dolls are seemingly the only residents of this quiet village in Southern Japan. After an aging population and lack of industry left this tiny village nearly empty, former resident and artist Ayano Tsukimi started to replace residents with life-sized scarecrow dolls.


These dolls have been left in action-like poses around the village. Many of them were created in the likeness of residents who had died or moved away. These dolls can be found waiting for buses, sitting in school classrooms, and even fishing.


While this village isn’t technically abandoned, less than 40 occupants still remain—giving it a very eerie ghost town feel.


How Do I Get There?

This village isn’t technically illegal to enter, but takes quite a bit of effort to find. Nagoro is located in the valleys of Shikoku, a small Japanese island. The village is best reached using a rental car and asking locals for exact directions. Visitors can freely enter the village—if they’re brave enough.


6. Buzludzha Monument, Bulgaria

What Is It?

This UFO-shaped amphitheater was built on the grounds of a bloody battle between the Bulgarians and the Turks, and was erected in 1974 by the Bulgarian Communist Socialist Party. It features mosaics of communist leaders like Marx and Lenin, and secretive basement meeting rooms.\


The monument was abandoned in 1989 when the government collapsed. To make the site even more chilling, a shrine exists in the basement of the building to honor two French photographers who were rumored to be murdered inside the monument.


Some travelers even dare to climb the tower of the monument—part of which is ascended via a rusty ladder.


How Do I Get There?

You can either drive there yourself to Buzludzha (it’s off a side road from the Shipka Pass) or take a tour—a few hostels in surrounding cities like Veliko Tarnovo offer “unofficial” tours.


As of January 2018, guards patrol the monument so visitors must be extra cautious. While entering the monument is illegal, there is a hole in the side of the building that tourists are able to climb through. Visitors must use caution when inside, as much of the building is crumbling.


Also, a flashlight is necessary because much of the monument is dark and the ground can be uneven. Climbing up the tower should only be done while exercising extreme caution.


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7. Red Star Train Graveyard, Budapest, Hungary

What Is It?

This abandoned train yard contains over 100 decaying trains, ranging from rumored Nazi-era trains used to transport Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz, to Soviet Era trains of the 1960s. It’s hard not to imagine the horrific tragedies that might have occurred in these trains.


If visitors dare to sneak in, they can explore these vast warehouses in the gloomy quiet, and even walk inside the ghostly trains.


How Do I Get There?

The Train Graveyard is located in the suburbs of Budapest and can be reached via public transportation. It is not open to the public, but travelers have been known to sneak in if they dare to jump the fences around the property.


Guards patrol the property, so those who risk sneaking in must keep noise to a minimum while exploring. The easiest points to explore are the northern buildings, as these are less guarded.


Featured Photo Source: Natalya Letunova on Unsplash

The 7 Eeriest Abandoned Places Around The World—& How To Visit Them