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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. DöllersheimAustria

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.  

6. Pripyat, Ukraine

Well known for its close proximity to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Pripyat was evacuated of its 50,000 residents following the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, just 16 years after the birth of the town. Tourists can still visit the remains of the village and take a tour around the desolate streets, abandoned classrooms and the grand Palace of Culture, but at their own risk of radiation exposure. This town isn't just creepy - it could be deadly. 

Tourists can still visit the remains of the village and take a tour around the desolate streets, abandoned classrooms and the grand Palace of Culture, but at their own risk of radiation exposure. This town isn't just creepy - it could be deadly. 

 

7. Pyramiden, Russia

Named after the mountain that resembles a kind of pyramid that overshadows the island, the town of Pyramiden has remained abandoned since its closure in 1998. Originally founded by Sweden in 1910 before being sold to the USSR in 1927, Pyramiden is rich with history, and guests can stay in its new hotel and access guided tours of the island. I mean, who wouldn't want to visit the place that boasts the northernmost statue of Lenin in the world?

Originally founded by Sweden in 1910 before being sold to the USSR in 1927, Pyramiden is rich with history, and guests can stay in its new hotel and access guided tours of the island. I mean, who wouldn't want to visit the place that boasts the northernmost statue of Lenin in the world?

 

8. Hashima Island, Japan

Wondering why this one looks so familiar? Well, this deserted island was the inspiration for the hideout in the James Bond film Skyfall, as has been left uninhabited since 1974, when its mine closed and the city was abandoned.

With a rich history that dates back to the 19th Century, the town housed a population of around 5,200, but is now just 16 acres of ruins and empty streets. 

 

 

9. Pompeii, Italy

What is probably the most well known of the ghost towns - the historic town of Pompeii, near the bay of Naples, Italy. It housed around 20,000 inhabitants before the eruption of volcano Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., which covered the entire town and the nearby village of Herculaneum in a wave of ash and pumice, eradicating much of its population. The site is now a popular tourist destination, with only excavated ruined and a rich history left behind. 

The site is now a popular tourist destination, with only excavated ruined and a rich history left behind. 

 

10. Kayakoy, Turkey

Before its abandonment during the Greco-Turkish War in 1923 Kayakoy housed around 2,000 Greeks. After its evacuation, previous residents were barred from the village due to a population exchange between Greece and Turkey, and it remains mostly abandoned to this day.

However, the town has received attention in recent years, with redevelopment plans announced in 2014, and a feature in Russell Crowe's 2015 blockbuster The Water Diviner, as well as the inspiration for Louis de Bernieres' novel Birds Without Wings. 

So would you fancy any of these? At least there aren't any real ghosts... that we know of. 




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