53 Bone Chilling Photos of Abandoned Places You Can Visit Today (But Probably Shouldn't)

By Sarah Norman | October 26, 2023

Is that a dragon on your aquarium or at you the Ho Thuy Tien waterpark?

Whether they were once hospitals or office buildings, theme parks or restaurants, a myriad of buildings have been abandoned and left to turn into beautiful ruin across the world. While many of them are awe inspiring, there are just as many that give viewers the heebie jeebies.

These abandoned structures have been reclaimed by nature, leaving nothing but a mystery as to who called these places home.

What will our architecture look like when we’ve moved on? Will it crumble into the emptiness of an abandoned city? Will our cars be covered in ivy like some of the intriguing photos found here? Some of these pictures will give you goosebumps, others will make you nostalgic for better days, but they’ll all make you want to take a closer look at the deserted architecture that exists all around you.

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There’s no hotel and no food vouchers at the Ho Thuy Tien waterpark in Vietnam. Most people in the country do’t even know that it’s a thing. To get there travelers have to take a trek to the land beyond Hue, a place surrounded by crocodiles and overgrown with local fauna. The park opened in 2004, and even with its massive water slides and super cool dragon standing above the building it went out of business in a few years. The local government has tried to resurrect the water park, but as of this writing the revitalization project has never come to fruition.

The Hotel Belvédère, forever vacant on the Rhone Glacier

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Standing in the middle of a nasty turn on the Rhone glacier in Switzerland is the Hotel Belvédère. If you’re having trouble placing this spot, it can be seen in 1964’s Goldfinger. The hotel was once apart of the Furka Pass, an iconic drive through the Swiss Alps, something that used to be multi-day thrill ride through a mountain, but as cars got faster and the glacier receded travelers stopped staying the night and over the course of a few decades the hotel went out of business. The Belvédère still sits on this hairpin turn, presenting an obstacle to drivers across Europe, and a photo opportunity for everyone with a decent camera.