The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places in the World
Though apocalyptic, there’s something beautiful about abandoned places. The clocks have stopped ticking and there’s not a soul in sight, but the shell of what used to be remains. Abandoned places show us what happens without consistent human upkeep—and perhaps what could even happen to the places we love and frequent. These spots are haunting, and there is a mysterious beauty in neglect. The following locations (albeit somewhat weathered over time), are some of the most striking we’ve ever seen. Read on to see the most beautiful abandoned places in the world—and learn their backstories. You’ll almost feel voyeuristic looking at them, like you’re witnessing a very intimate piece of someone else’s life.
Shrouded in fog and beguiling fall foliage in the Alaskan wilderness, the Kennicott Mines and surrounding town are (almost) as creepy as Packard Sawmill in Twin Peaks. The town of Kennecott was once flourishing with copper miners and their families until resources were depleted by the late 1930s and all of the townspeople fled—except for a family of three. It was totally abandoned by the 1950s when the family watching over it finally left.
CANFRANC STATION, SPAIN
Though well past its glory days, the international Canfranc train station in Huesca, Spain still leaves a majestic impression. It was once one of the most frequented train stations in Europe, and the second largest one at the time of its construction in 1928. It was closed when a train derailed on the French side of the bridge, but current plans to revive the station by 2026 could bring it back to its former glory.
GROSSINGER’S RESORT, NEW YORK
Though you would never know from looking at its current state, Grossinger’s, in Liberty, New York, used to be a luxurious weekend upstate escape. In its heyday, it was similar to the resort in Dirty Dancing (some even say Grossinger’s was the inspiration behind the film). Due to an economic downfall in the town, the resort closed its doors in 1986.
RUMMU PRISON, ESTONIA
Talk about apocalyptic. This semi-submerged prison has a dark past. Prisoners were forced to work in the quarry until it was abandoned in the early 1990s when Estonia gained independence from the Soviet Union. Without any people maintaining the area, it eventually flooded with water. Today, it’s a beach—so if this is your idea of a beach vacation, we recommend you get your scuba diving license first.
HOTEL GORICINA, CROATIA
Hotel Goricina was once a luxe escape in a Yugoslavian military resort, which was destroyed in the Croatian War of Independence, along with a string of other hotels. Today, pink bougainvillea and the blue waters of the Adriatic Sea pop against the stark disarray of this abandoned Croatian coast hotel.