The Most Surreal Abandoned Places Around The World

The Most Surreal Abandoned Places Around The World


Abandoned Domino Sugar Factory – Brooklyn, New York

domino sugar factory
Domino Sugar Factory

The Domino Sugar Refinery is a former refinery in the neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York City was the original refinery of the American Sugar Refining Company, which produced Domino brand sugar. The current complex dates from 1882, when it was the largest sugar refinery in the world. Refining operations stopped in 2004, and as of 2012 the property is slated for multi-use development. Several of the buildings in the complex were given landmark status in 2007.


Pripyat, Ukraine

Pripyat – Ukraine

Pripyat, a city of nearly 50,000, was totally abandoned after the nearby Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. Due to radiation, it has been left untouched ever since the incident and will be for many thousands of years into the future. Nature now rules the city in what resembles an apocalyptic movie.


Six Flags Jazzland – New Orleans, Louisiana

Six Flags Jazzland - New Orleans
Six Flags Jazzland – New Orleans

Severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Six Flags Jazzland has been abandoned since. Several of the rides still stand, a testimony to the resilience of New Orleans. Several companies have plans to develop the park, but until then it will remain as the perfect setting for a horror movie.


Sanzhi UFO Houses – San Zhi, Taiwan

Sanzhi UFO Houses
Sanzhi UFO Houses – San Zhi

These homes were intended to be sold to U.S. military officers when construction began in 1978. In 1980, work was halted due to loss of investment. The pod-like buildings became a minor tourist attraction due in part to their unusual architecture.The structures have since been subject of a film, used as a location by MTV for cinematography, photographed by people, and become a subject in online discussions, described as a ghost town or “ruins of the future”


Mirny Diamond Mine – Eastern Siberia, Russia

Mirny Diamond Mine
Mirny Diamond Mine – Eastern Siberia

The world’s second largest man-made hole, Mirny was constructed by Stalin to satisfy the Soviet Union’s demand for industrial diamond. Further digging efforts were eventually abandoned when it became too difficult to continue digging this massive hole.


Chateau Miranda – Celles, Belgium

Chateau Miranda - Celles, Belgium
Chateau Miranda – Celles, Belgium

The castle was originally built by French aristocrats fleeing the revolution. During and after World War II, Miranda Castle was used as an orphanage. It was abandoned in 1980, with the family refusing to allow authorities to care for the structure. Because of its past, this haunting castle remains a favourite amongst ghost hunters.


Wreck of the SS America – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Wreck of the SS America - Fuerteventura
Wreck of the SS America – Fuerteventura

This former United States ocean liner was wrecked in 1994 after 54 years of service. SS American Star ran aground off Fuerteventura in 1994, the magnificent ocean liner, which was once hailed the most beautiful ship ever to fly the US flag, quickly became one of the world’s most recognisable shipwrecks.


Red Sands Sea Forts – Sealand, United Kingdom

Red Sands Sea Forts - Sealand, United Kingdom
Red Sands Sea Forts – Sealand, United Kingdom

Originally built during World War II to protect the River Thames, these forts are now lifeless. Except for those that have been claimed by Sealand, a micronation off the shore of England. Ultimately, all the sea forts were decommissioned by the late 1950s, and several were destroyed after collisions with civilian ships, but the Shivering Sands (above), Red Sands, and Fort Roughs remain to this day.


City Hall Station – New York City

City Hall Station - New York City
City Hall Station – New York City

City Hall Station was built in 1904. Due to its close proximity to Brooklyn Bridge station, along with the better connections at Brooklyn Bridge, low ridership at City Hall Station, and modifications required for longer trains and movable platform extensions required for new center doors on subway cars, the station was closed in 1945.


Michigan Central Station – Detroit

Michigan Central Station - Detroit
Michigan Central Station – Detroit

When Michigan Central Station was built in 1913, it was intended to be a key gateway to the Midwest. By the late 1970s, however, the massive depot southwest of Detroit’s downtown had fallen into disrepair, and the last train left the station in the late 1980s.


Dadipark – Dadizel – Belgium

Dadipark - Dadizel
Dadipark – Dadizel

Dadipark amusement park, Dadizele, Belgium, closed its doors more than 10-years ago after a young boy had his arm ripped off on the Nautic Jet water ride.

Several groups started to try and re-open the park, but their attempts weren’t fruitful.

There were a lot of plants around because nature had been left to take over. Nature started to reclaim the park, with all of the attractions still intact, but in disrepair.


Czestochowa Train Depot – Poland

Czestochowa Train Depot - Poland
Czestochowa Train Depot – Poland

the city of Czestochowa entered the 20th century as one of the leading industrial centres of Russian Poland. Its success was in part due to the opening of the Warsaw-Vienna Railway in 1846, which linked the city to the rest of Europe. Nowadays, Czestochowa is a tourist hub attracting millions of visitors and pilgrims each year. And with six railway stations, it’s little wonder that a train depot or two should become abandoned along the sprawling network. Treated to a touch of HDR, this overgrown, weed-strewn depot looks like a piece of post-apocalyptic artwork. But it’s actually a very real place. It’s difficult to be entirely certain whether or not it’s completely abandoned, but amid rusting track, overgrown yards and ageing, vandalised rolling stock, the lines between derelict and active are somewhat blurred.


Hashima Island, Japan

Hashima Island, Japan
Hashima Island, Japan

Located off the coast of Nagasaki in Japan is an eerie island that has long been abandoned.

With its warship-like appearance, it’s little wonder why Hashima Island is commonly known as Gunkanjima (or ‘Battleship Island’).

For nearly a century (from 1887 to 1974), the island was a bustling coal mining facility that housed thousands of workers. Mitsubishi bought it in 1890 and built Japan’s first large concrete building, at nine stories high.


Abandoned Coal Plant – France

Abandoned Coal Plant - France
Abandoned Coal Plant – France


Bannerman Castle – Pollepel Island, New York

Bannerman Castle - Pollepel Island
Bannerman Castle – Pollepel Island

Bannerman Castle’s owner, Francis Bannerman VI, built the structure as storage space after buying the American military surplus from the war with the Spanish. After 200lbs of ammunition exploded in 1920, much of the castle was destroyed and the rest abandoned.


Gulliver’s Travels Park – Kawaguchi, Japan

Gulliver's Travels Park - Kawaguchi
Gulliver’s Travels Park – Kawaguchi

Gulliver once rested in the shadow of Mt.Fuji, bound and nailed to the ground by the hair. His giant body was the main attraction of the now defunct and dismembered Gulliver’s Kingdom Theme Park in the shadow of Mt. Fuji, built in 1997, closed in 2001 due to defaulting bank loans, and demolished around 2007.