Never been to a ghost town? Here are 10 to give you the chills
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It's easy to become fed up of the bustling streets of London, a rammed Tescos on a Saturday morning or Primark in the summer holidays - but there are some spots around the world that are totally human-free. If you're in search of an eerie town with absolutely no signs of civilisation to speak of, then one of these creepy corners of the world might just be the place for you. Explore ten of the world's abandoned ghost towns here... 1. Kolmanskop, Namibia After the discovery of diamonds in 1908 this town, in Namibia, became an affluent mining town, famous for its German feel and boasting a casino, ballroom, and skittle alley. It also became the site of several remarkable feats of engineering, becoming home to Africa's first tram and the first X-Ray station in the southern hemisphere. However, as times changed residents moved onto more affluent diamond fields elsewhere, and Kolmanskop has remained void of residents for more than 60 years. 2. Centralia, Pennsylvania, USA This town in Pennsylvania was condemned back in 1992 due to the plumes of toxic smoke that rise from the ground and threaten human health. The town sits on a coal mine fire that has been burning since 1962, and yet still a handful of people refuse to relinquish their properties and continue to live in the smoky town. You might be thinking that this looks like the setting of a nightmare - and that's because it is. Centralia was the inspiration for the movie Silent Hill, a psychological horror released in 2006.
3. Döllersheim, Austria Just when you think it couldn't get any eerier, we now hop on over to the burial ground of Hitler's grandmother, just in case you didn't have the creeps yet. The 900-year-old Austrian village has remained abandoned since The 900-year-old Austrian village has remained abandoned since 1938, when the original Dark Lord himself ordered the evacuation of the area to make way for a Wehrmacht training ground. Now that all that remains there are ruins... and the literal remains of Grandmother Maria. 4. Tianducheng, China (Little Paris) Although the idea of a replica of the city of love in Shanghai complete with an Eiffel Tower, Parisian houses, and Champ de Mars sounds idyllic, Little Paris - or Tianducheng - is more like a model village gone wrong. Originally built by a large real estate developer company in an effort to boost tourism, the town only filled 2,000 of its 100,000 places, creating an eerie atmosphere very different to that of the original. 5. Oradour-Sur-Glane, France This little French village has a violent and tragic history, after the Waffen-SS Army suspected residents to be supporters of the French Resistance and massacred 642 of its inhabitants, including 205 children. Leaving only one survivor, the town has remained untouched in memory of those who lived and died within it since its fall in 1944.
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