Creepy & Abandoned Places To Visit In Europe

Now that autumn is on its way and the days are darker and shorter, I think it’s a good time to introduce some creepy abandoned places in Europe that are worth checking out - but only for the brave..!

There is something about abandoned places which is so fascinating, perhaps it’s the feeling of looking into a glorious past that has fallen apart, or the adrenalin kick of doing something naughty – like trespassing and jumping over fences that are strictly forbidden.

Whatever it is, if you have the courage, these are some places in Europe that have been abandoned and are waiting to be explored.

Spreepark – Germany

This theme park in east Berlin used to be hugely popular, bringing in millions of people every year, but after the Berlin wall fell in 1989 its decline began.

In 2001, only about 400,000 guests came to visit before the park finally closed down due to bad decisions, dodgy business going on and raising prices – with a debt of about 11 million Euro…

The park owner Norbet Witte escaped to Peru, bringing his whole family and six of the park’s attractions, tricking the German government that he left to repair them.

He later tried to open up a new themepark in Lima but failed, and in 2004 he was jailed for trying to smuggle 21 million Euro worth of cocaine in the masts of the ”flying carpet” ride back to Germany.

Norbert Witte’s funpark in Berlin can be found right where he left it to rot, with rusty roller coaster rides and the 45 meter high ”ferris wheel” which still stands tall.

It’s strictly forbidden to go inside, and apparently there is a guard with a dog coming past every so often, so be very careful if you decide to jump the fence!

Prypiat  – Ukraine

This is one of the saddest stories behind an abandoned place that have ever existed.

3832732081_e96331e5ceThe ghost town of Prypiat was built to house the families of workers at the Chernobyl nuclear facility, and grew from zero to 50,000 and back down to zero following the largest nuclear power disaster in human history.

Prypiat is a freeze-frame of 1980s Soviet life – propaganda slogans still hang on the walls, and children’s toys and other items remain as they were.

You can visit the area by arranging a tour with a guide, who will take you around to the abandoned schools, kinder gardens, the cultural palace, hospital and the theme park…

For some reason, the amusement park in Prypiat opened on April 27 1986, the very same day that the city was evacuated due to the Chernobyl disaster.

Some say that it opened, some say it never did, but there are photos of kids and families visiting the themepark and using the attractions – and some say it opened to keep the people busy while waiting to be evacuated.

High Royds Asylum – England

This former mental hospital in West Yorkshire was first opened 1888 as the ”West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum” and closed in 2003.

It’s a beautiful building with a clock tower, fine Italian marble, glazed tiles and an eye for detail. They spent a fortune building the clinic, the equivalent of 135 million pounds by today’s standards.

The thought was to make the clinic into a self sufficient community with a bakery, farm, kitchen and even a fire station and railway.

Honestly, it looks more like a palace than a psychiatric institution, but there is a new documentary revealing what was really going on at this place, and about all the people who were dumped there by society because they couldn’t fit into the norm.

The place has really deteriorated since it closed down, and despite guards people have snuck inside to take picture of what looks like a pretty damn creepy place.

It is currently under conversion to house apartments in the main building. I don’t know if it’s finished yet, or if there is still time to sneak around the area and have a look.

Whatever they turn it into, it won’t be anything near the usual holiday cottages Yorkshire is so famous for…

Personally, I would prefer to stay at the normal accommodation Yorkshire has in the town, and go to High Royds during the day to see the very few ”anonymous grave stones” that remain of the 2 858 patients who passed away there – I would NEVER want to sleep at this place, let alone actually live there!

There are many more abandoned places in Europe to visit, share your recommendations!

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25 Responses to Creepy & Abandoned Places To Visit In Europe

  1. Lauren September 22, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    I took the tour of Pripyat a few weeks ago and I’m so glad I did. It’s such a bizarre feeling walking around a place where people used to happily live a few years ago.

    • Sofia - As We Travel September 23, 2011 at 10:30 am #

      That’s the creepy thing about abandoned places, to imagine the place when it was vibrant and alive, and then see what is left of it today.

  2. Rajasthan Tours Operator September 22, 2011 at 10:02 am #

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  3. Anonymous September 22, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    I’ve not been to any abandoned places in Europe to share. Not sure if inever will though! Sounds creepy!

  4. Ricardo September 22, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    … Lots of abandoned/creepy buildings in Lisbon. Check the post :
    http://ricllamas.blogspot.com/2011/08/lisbon-2-avenida-fontes-pereira-de-melo.html

  5. Sarah's Toothbrush September 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Creepy, indeed!

    I used to live on this island in South Korea that housed an abandoned amusement park. The photo opportunities were endless!

    • Maggie High September 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

      Was that island Geoje? My BFF lived there last year. She has some great photos from that place!

      • Sofia - As We Travel September 23, 2011 at 10:45 am #

        I’ve heard about that place, I can imagine that there would be some great photo opportunities there.

  6. Tom Clay September 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    There’s a closed down prison in Tallinn that you can tour now, looks like it was closed 30 years ago its that run down but was open until 2004!

    • Sofia - As We Travel September 23, 2011 at 10:53 am #

      I heard about that place when we were i Tallinn, where you can be a “prisoner for the day” and experience what it was like when it was a KGB prison. 
      Seemed like a crazy experience, don’t know if I would dare to try it…! 

  7. Maggie High September 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    So creepy! I love getting those jumpy feelings but I would definitely only go during the day; night time is too scary!

  8. Mere Enrech September 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    These places were important for people´s dreams some day and now… It remains almost nothing

  9. Christine September 22, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    The Berlin theme park was in the movie Hanna with Eric Bana. Creepy!

    • Anonymous September 22, 2011 at 10:38 am #

      That whole movie was a bit creepy! :-)

      • Sofia - As We Travel September 23, 2011 at 10:39 am #

        I watched that movie the other day, I loved that “house of mr. Grimm” in Spreepark where they were supposed to meet.

  10. Miruna Corneanu September 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    There is also The Happy Cemetery in Romania which is not abandoned, but creepy! A cemetery converted in an Art Museum!Interesting!mcarticles.blogspot.com

  11. Debbie Beardsley September 23, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    Very interesting!  The asylum is really creepy and beautiful.  Not sure I’d stay there either but ya never know :)

  12. Anonymous September 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Eeeks these are creepy. Thanks for the info!

  13. CyprusLifeInPictures September 24, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Have you ever been to Spinalonga Island (just off Elounda in Crete, Greece)? 

    It was used as a Leper colony from the early 1900’s until around 1957

    We went quite a number of years ago, before the age of digital camera. I must look out my photos.

    It did have an odd feel about it but it’s a fabulous setting.

    Thanks for sharing your blog. High Royds looks fascinatingly scary!

  14. rayjand gellamucho September 26, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    I love adventures. I love Europe. I would love to go to places like these. These places are very creepy yet also beautiful and interesting especially the asylum which at first glace would be mistaken as a palace.

  15. rayjand gellamucho September 26, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    :)

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