19 Magnificent Abandoned Places On Earth

Nature reclaiming the mess we have left behind, there are very few things in the world that are as reassuring as the knowledge that no matter what we do as a race nature will always be there to reclaim what was once lost. Please enjoy some photo’s of the most beautiful abandoned places in the world.  On this random list you can see abandoned railroads, abandoned ships, as well as the abandoned houses, and so many other things, that are really amazing and magnificent.

1. Abandoned railroad in France

rail road france 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth
Extending around a circular loop within the fortified walls of Paris is an abandoned railway that once connected the city’s five main lines. Completed in 1852, the Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture has been partially abandoned since 1934 and completely silent for the last few years. The tracks and several stations remain intact, though its future is the subject of ongoing debate.

Meaning “Little Belt Railway”, the Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture was conceived in 1848 as a means of transporting and dispersing troops swifty around the city’s major fortifications. At a time of revolution in France and across Europe, the military became increasingly reliant on the expanding railway network.

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2. Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Eilean Donan (Scottish GaelicEilean Donnain) is a small tidal island where three lochs meet, Loch DuichLoch Long and Loch Alsh, in the western Highlands of Scotland; since the castle's restoration in the early 20th Century, a footbridge has connected the island to the mainland. A picturesque castle that frequently appears in photographs, film and television dominates the island, which lies about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) from the village of Dornie.
Pay a visit to this iconic Scottish monument which is one of the most photographed in the country.
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3. El Hotel del Salto in Colombia

El Hotel Salto Colombia 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth
In 1924, the then-luxurious Hotel (Refugio d)el Salto opened on the cliff facing the waterfall to welcome wealthy travelers visiting the Tequendama Falls area. The hotel closed down in the early 90s, thought to be linked to contaminated river water. There has been talk of reopening it and restoring it to its former glory (but as a museum or even a police station) which might help rid the place of its apparent ghosts. They are said to haunt the hotel and according to the caretaker, are believed to be from the old days when bar fights on the second story would end up on its balcony, sometimes resulting in a drunk patron losing more than the fight. 

4. Lawndale Theater in Chicago

Lawndale Theater Chicago 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth
North Lawndale (also known simply as "Lawndale") located on the west side of Chicago, Illinois, is one of the well-defined community areas in the city of Chicago.
Once part of Cicero Township in 1869, the eastern section of North Lawndale to Pulaski Road was annexed to Chicago by an act of the state legislature. Thereafter, streets were platted and drainage ditches were installed between Western (2400 west) and Pulaski Road (4000 west). The name "Lawndale" was supplied by Millard and Decker, a real estate firm which subdivided the area in 1870. In 1871, after the Great Chicago Fire, the McCormick Reaper Company (later International Harvester) constructed and occupied a new large plant in the South Lawndale neighborhood. As a result, many plant workers moved to eastern North Lawndale. The remaining area west of Crawford Avenue was annexed in 1889 by a resolution of the Cook County Commissioners.

5. Russian military rocket factory

Russian military rocket factory 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth

6. Chatillon Car Graveyard in Belgium

Chatillon Car Graveyard Belgium 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth
Right in the middle of a small forest near Chatillon, a little village in Southern Belgium, is a graveyard of abandoned and beautiful rusty cars. These cars once belonged to US soldiers who were stationed in this region. It’s not known how they managed to acquire these beauties in the middle of the war. When the World War II ended, all military troops were sent back to the US, but the cost of having all those cars shipped was way too expensive. The ranking officers decided to leave all the cars in Belgium. The cars were driven up a hill, one by one, nicely parked and somehow hidden from the outside world.
Once back home in the US, the soldiers who wanted to retrieve their car had to take personal responsibility for all costs of the shipping. Not a single car was retrieved.

At one point there were four car graveyards around Chatillon, and as many as 500 vehicles. Only one remain today. Over time, corrosion and decay have worn down the vehicles and what little remained were stolen by the locals and car collectors.

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7. Jiancing Historic Trail in Taipingshan National Forest in Taiwan

abandoned mining cart rails taiping 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth

8. The remains of the SS Ayrfield in Homebush Bay, Australia

Homebush Bay is a bay on the south bank of the Parramatta River, in the inner west of Sydney, in the state of New South WalesAustralia. The name is also used to refer to an area to the west and south of the bay itself, which was formerly an official suburb of Sydney, which has now become the suburbs of Sydney Olympic ParkWentworth Point and part of the neighbouring suburb of Lidcombe. Homebush Bay is located 16 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area ofCity of AuburnHomebush and Homebush West are separate suburbs.

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9. Mirny Diamond Mine, Siberia

 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth
The Mir mine (Russian Kimberlitovaya Almaznaya Trubka "Mir"; English: kimberlite diamond pipe "World" or "Peace"), also called the Mirny mine, is a former open pit diamond mine, now inactive, located in MirnyEastern Siberia,Russia. The mine is 525 meters (1,722 ft) deep (4th in the world) and has a diameter of 1,200 m (3,900 ft), and is the second largest excavated hole in the world, after Bingham Canyon Mine. The airspace above the mine is closed for helicopters because of alleged incidents in which they fell in due to air temperature differences and unexpected currents.

10. Craco abandoned medieval village in Italy

Craco 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth
Craco is a ghost town and comune in the Province of Matera, in the southern Italian region of Basilicata.
The old town was abandoned due to natural disasters. The abandonment has made Craco a tourist attraction and a popular filming location. In 2010, Craco has been included in the watch list of the World Monuments Fund.

11. Fishing hut on a lake in Germany

Fishing hut lake Germany 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth
Lake Toplitz (German: Toplitzsee) is a lake situated in a dense mountain forest high up in the Austrian Alps, 98 km (61 mi) from Salzburg in western Austria. It is surrounded by cliffs and forests in the Salzkammergut lake district, within the Totes Gebirge (dead mountains). The Toplitzsee water contains no oxygen below a depth of 20m. Fish can survive only in the top 18m, as the water below 20m is salty, although bacteria and worms have been found below 20m that can live without oxygen.
During 1943-44, the shore of Lake Toplitz served as a Nazi naval testing station. Using copper diaphragms, scientists experimented with different explosives, detonating up to 4,000 kg charges at various depths. They also fired torpedoes from a launching pad in the lake into the Tote Mountains, producing vast holes in the canyon walls. Millions of counterfeit pound sterling notes (£100+ million) were dumped in the lake after Operation Bernhard, which was never fully put into action. There is speculation that there might be other valuables to be recovered from the bottom of the Toplitzsee. The speculation is due to there being a layer of sunken logs floating half way to the bottom of the lake, making diving beyond it hazardous or impossible. Gerhard Zauner, one of the divers on the 1959 expedition reports that he saw a sunken aircraft below this layer.
The area is accessible only on foot by a mile-long path, as the K-Mautner-Weg is a private road that serves the Fisherman's Hut restaurant at the western end.

12. Curon Venosta, Italy

Curon Venosta Italy 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth

Curon in the tri-border region Italy-Austria-Switzerland comprises the Lago di Resia, Lago di S. Valentino and the Vallelunga valley.

The steeple that soars from the waters of the Lago di Resia is considered the symbol of the upper Val Venosta. However, the municipality of Curon has got much more to offer than Lake Resia and Lago di S. Valentino farther south.
In summer this area is particularly popular with those who love cycling as the Via Claudia Augusta is one of the most frequented cycle tracks of Europe, stretching down towards Merano. If you love mountaineering, we recommend you the Vallelunga and the Val Roja, where hiking trails and Alpine routes stretch up the three-thousanderes at the border to Switzerland. This is also where the famous Palla Bianca glacier is located.
Also in winter Curon in Alta Val Venosta is worth a visit. With Maseben, Belpiano and Malga S. Valentino, the municipality offers three skiing areas and is in part also connected to Nauders farther north. Not yet satisfied? Ice sailing, snow kiting, ice surfing at Lago Resia and a horse-drawn sleigh ride across the fariytale winter landscape make your holidays in Alta Val Venosta a special experience.

13. The Kerry Way walking path between Sneem and Kenmare in Ireland

The Kerry Way Sneem Kenmare Ireland 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth
The Kerry Way (Irish: Slí Uíbh Ráthaigh) is a long-distance trail in County Kerry, Ireland. It is a 214-kilometre (133-mile) long circular trail that begins and ends in Killarney. It is typically completed in nine days. It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by Kerry County Council, South Kerry Development Partnership and the Kerry Way Committee. The Way circles the Iveragh Peninsula and forms a walkers' version of the Ring of Kerry road tour. It is the longest of Ireland's National Waymarked Trails.


The Kerry Way was first proposed in 1982 and developed by members of the Laune Mountaineering Club and the Kerry association of An Taisce, under the chairmanship of Seán O Súilleabháin. O Suilleabháin was inspired by a history lecture he had attended given by Father John Hayes on the subject of old roads and paths in the southwest of Ireland. Realising that "there was a spider's web-like network of roads and paths that could be combined to form a route around Kerry", he began devising the trail that would become the Kerry Way. The first section – from Killarney to Glenbeigh – was opened by Tánaiste Dick Spring in 1985. It was the second long-distance trail to be opened in the Republic of Ireland, after theWicklow Way. The full route was completed in 1989 and opened by Frank Fahey, T. D., Minister of State for Youth and Sport. The trail was constructed by workers on FÁS social employment schemes at a cost of IEP £60,000 and involved the provision of over 200 stiles and six footbridges as well as waymarkers.

14. Gulliver’s Travels Park, Kawaguchi, Japan

Gullivers Travels Park Kawaguchi Japan 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth
Japan’s abandoned theme park Gulliver’s Kingdom “…was located between Aokigarah and Kamikuishiki, two areas that have some of the most disturbing reputations in all of Japan. Aokigarah is better known to Westerners as “the suicide forest,” where around 100 people take their lives every year and annual searches are necessary to clear the area of all the corpses. Kamikuishiki was home to the Aum Shinriyko doomsday cult that was responsible for the 1995 Sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway that left 13 people dead. Aside from the ghastly reputation of Kamikuishiki, the village was plagued with the residual smell of the cult’s nerve gas factory  for up to five years after the factories were closed up—and the smell wafted all the way over to Gulliver’s Kingdom.” —Neatorama

15. Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Angkor Wat Cambodia 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth
Angkor Wat (Khmer) was first a Hindu, then subsequently a Buddhist, temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura (Khmerpresent-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

16. 1984 Winter Olympics bobsleigh track in Sarajevo

1984 Winter Olympics bobsleig track Sarajevo 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth

17. Hashima Island, Japan

Hashima Island 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth

18. Sunken yacht in Antarctica

Sunken yacht Antarctica 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth

19. Hafodunos Hall in Llangernyw, North Wales

Hafodunos Hall Llangernyw North Wales 19 Magnificent Abandoned Places on Earth
Hafodunos Hall is a Gothic revival house located near the village of Llangernyw in Wales. Designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, it was built between 1861 and 1866 for Henry Robertson Sandbach, replacing a house that had been built in 1674.

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