When it comes to pin-up models and fine wine, age is never just a number. However, when it comes to Europe’s most eerie abandoned places, it is.
Some of the creepiest places the continent has to offer the intrepid explorer are only a few decades old. That is something to be said for a place just about busting at the seams with spooky castles, torture chambers, and innumerable bloody battlefields stretching back to the time when Romulus and Remus still thought they were wolf cubs.
If goose bumps, thrills, and chills are your thing, these are the places you need to visit. Preferably with a bottle of holy water, a bunch of garlic bulbs, or a similar form of traditional protection. Oh, and sturdy walking shoes – and, for some, a hard hat. Or, better yet, just don’t go. Read about them here instead!
Chateau Miranda is Belgium’s answer to Sleeping Beauty’s castle. A major turning point in its history came during the Second World War when the country’s National Railway Company took control of it.
The company turned it into an orphanage, which it remained until the early 1990s. Whoever remained simply packed up and left. The reputedly haunted building has been left to decay by its current owners, who declined offers to purchase, even when a plan to turn it into a hotel failed to materialise.
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Berlin’s Spreepark is the stuff of which nightmares are made. It is nothing less than a theme park abandoned as recently as 2002 – and its story includes Mayhem! Drugs! And Death!
The park, then known as the VEB Kulturpark Plänterwald, opened in 1969, and was an immediate hit. Visitors queued to ride the 40m-high Ferris wheel, which was later increased to 45m in height as part of the park’s 40th anniversary.
The park ran into financial difficulties as early as 1991. The owners, one of whom had been operating the crane that smashed into a carousel at a Hamburg theme park in 1981, closed the park, only to reopen it, newly-renovated, the following year under the Spreepark brand.
The park enjoyed 2 years of success before visitor numbers tumbled, and continued to decline until it was shut permanently at the end of 2001. The owners and their family fled, with 6 of the park’s attractions, to Peru in 2002. A year later, one of the owners made headlines when he was sentenced to 8 years behind bars for trying to smuggle cocaine in a Flying Carpet ride.
Tunnel of Love
The name may sound as though it belongs in Spreepark, but as eerie as the Ukraine’s Tunnel of Love may be, it certainly isn’t creepy. It also isn’t abandoned entirely.
Located near picturesque Klevan, the tunnel is a natural tunnel in a forest, and it follows a 3km-stretch of railway track. A train makes 3 trips to and from a wood factory each day. The Tunnel of Love is a popular spot for couples to feel the magic of sheer romance.
Creepy yet incredibly interesting, there are plenty of other eerie abandoned places scattered around Europe. Do you know of any?