For tourists that like to vacation in eerie and haunting locations, exploring a ghost town should be on the top of their list of destinations
Those who are intrigued by history and human nature can witness time stood still in a town where it’s inhabitants abandoned it, whether for financial reasons, environmental reasons, or war. We have assembled a list of some of the most mysterious and fascinating ghost towns that you can actually visit.
Tyneham Ghost Village
Only a few times a year can the public come and tour around the picturesque remains of this tiny village in Dorset, England. In 1943, Winston Churchill ordered the 225 locals to leave for a month, but they were never to return.
The village was used in the war effort to train solders and it is still under military control. Most buildings are in ruins and riddled with bullet holes. But the Church remains standing, as does the school house which is now used as a museum.
A truly eerie ghost town that is gaining popularity with tourists, is the abandoned city of Pripyat, which was evacuated after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion in 1986.
The radiation in the atmosphere is no longer considered to be of any health concern, however tourists are screened at the end of the tour. Most buildings are severely dilapidated, so no entry is allowed into most of them, but it is otherwise a perfect freeze-frame of the Communist Soviet Union of the 80s.
This tiny abandoned mining village was founded by the Swedes and eventually sold to the soviets in 1927, and it sits on a Norwegian island in the Arctic Ocean. Tourists visit by ship, and the tour guide comes armed with a gun as polar bears have been known to roam freely around the village, as well as other arctic wildlife.
It is estimated that the town will remain in it’s perfect state for at least the next 500 years due to the extreme climate. There amongst the industrial style buildings is a beautiful house made entirely of bottles which stands in contrast to the post-apocalyptic landscape. During the summer months, tourists can stay overnight in a hotel at the location.
Corbera d’Ebre Old Town
Surrounded by vineyards and set into the slopes of a hill, this medieval village in Spain has a tragic story attached to why it became abandoned, and stands as a memorial to the Battle of Ebro that took place during the Spanish Civil War.
Most buildings are crumbling from their history of being bombed and burned, and the many people who lost their lives are buried in the local cemetery.
Bannack State Park
This is the kind of ghost town you see depicted in Hollywood films and TV shows. This abandoned mining town is located in Montana in the United States, was considered the capital of the Montana, until Helena was established.
The state now runs the ghost town as a tourist attraction, and it is very well kept with many buildings that you can even explore the inside of.
Dunton Hot Springs
You can rent this entire ghost town for a wedding or retreat, as German investors bought this abandoned Colorado village and restored it with all the mod cons – even internet connection. Beautifully picturesque log cabins line the West Dolores River and look like a postcard when covered in snow during the winter.
Kolmanskop Ghost Town
Kolmanskop is an abandoned diamond mining town in Namibia that by the 1920s had attracted 300 German immigrants and their children.
Before 1956 it contained buildings such as theaters, ballrooms, casinos and a hospital with the first x-ray facility in the southern hemisphere, all of which are now slowly being devoured by the desert sand.
Left in state to commemorate the atrocities inflicted by the Germans in World War II, this bombed out village stands as a poignant witness to the horrors of a massacre that took 642 peoples lives – including children.
What was once an idyllic and quaint rural village, is now overrun with ghostly memories which warn visitors to never let an ideology convince anyone to stoop to such a level of depraved evil ever again.