Beautiful Abandoned Places and Ghost Towns

Abandoned places and things of the past fascinate me. Here are a selection of my favourite ghost towns and disused buildings/theme parks. Please feel free to share yours in the comments or with us on twitter @pixel_clouds!

An unfinished hotel haunts a Spanish coastline


This abandoned water park in Russia was never completed


Japan’s Abandoned Amusement Park


Częstochowa, Poland’s abandoned train depot


1984 Winter Olympics bobsleigh track in Sarajevo


El Hotel del Salto in Colombia


Merle Spurrier Gymnasium Pool – University of Rochester (Chris Seward)


Disused Cooling Tower of a Power Plant, Belgium


Taipingshan National Forest in Taiwan


Broken Wooden Bridge, Pittsburgh


Little Belt Railway – Paris, France


Abandoned amusement park, Dunaújváros, Hungary


Six Flags Amusement park, New Orleans


Hubei province, China


Dadipark, Dadizele, Belgium


Taken by the tides


Kadykchan, Russia


Kowloon Walled City


Hashima Island, Japan


Sanzhi UFO houses, Taiwan


A short film about post-apocalyptic hell-hole, the Salton Sea

Written by Ben Bate

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  • benbate

    Series coming up very soon ;)

  • Joe Knowledgian

    I thought I’d see Detroit, Mi…. Some great shots left off this list, excellent non the less!

  • angie

    These photos are fantastic..I love that in some of them the weather is gloomy it just adds to the ambiance… amazing work. You really captured more than just a cool picture here.

  • James

    The picture of Częstochowa, Poland’s abandoned train depot is really Cincinnati’s abandoned subway.

  • Smriti Singhal

    Hi Ben, Nice research and couldn’t stop myself from watching video after seeing so many interesting places… Do provide the history behind their abundance also…

  • сергей потехин

    looks wistfully

  • Molly Barist

    You’re right, it totally does! Love that movie.

  • Smart Janitor

    Isn’t that one of the chief painful paradoxes of man? When with people, we long to be alone. When alone, we long to be with people. But I wouldn’t want to live in any of these places either. Contemplating them is enough.

  • Facundo Braun

    What movie is Pom Poko ?

  • Matt Sowersbry

    Merle Spurrier Gymnasium Pool – University of Rochester (Chris Seward)
    This is my favorite. Christ, I swear I’ve dreamed of this place before. A most wholesomely satisfactory list, good show, sir, good show.

  • Jade BLUB

    Wow.. Those are beautiful and mystifying at the same time.

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  • Jennifer Dombrowski

    Amazing photos of these abandoned places!

  • teasucksss

    kowloon isn’t and never was an abandoned place or a ghost town. it no longer exists though.

  • Tina Smith

    Amazing! I feel like I can just step into each scene. Truly breath taking imagery.

  • Brie

    You’re not trying hard at all

  • Sunil Pratap Singh

    Lost Beauty

  • Eddie Cope

    id love that as well. nice log cabin somewhere

  • disqus_z3pUayg4Ko

    I live near this place so please don’t write so stupid thing, it’s in Polnad in Czestochowa but ITS NOT ADANDONED

  • Ian

    The picture of the roller coaster in the ocean is in Seaside Heights, NJ; it was part of the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. It was one of my favorite rides as a kid when we would go to visit.

  • Dean

    These are some awesome places. I love that hotel in Columbia. Very spooky.

  • Danielle

    There was a Six Flags in New Orleans?? It closed down the year I went, right before Katrina, and never got to open back up after because it was destroyed. It was never meant to stay closed. I went all over New Orleans. I never saw the Six Flags that year.

  • Danielle

    Yeah that’s what I thought too. I thought I read people still live there a while back.

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  • Steve

    The Bridge to Nowhere in New Zealand is a good example too.

  • Alain Marquillie Is trying to save the amusement park, nice to have it in this list.

    I have worked in that park :-) no rollercoaster but a real familly park.

  • Ismail
  • Mike

    Creepy yet beautiful at the same time.

  • Jo Aldridge

    Very thought provoking.

  • Nicole
  • Admin

    Wow, awesome