STRANGE Abandoned Places In Europe

STRANGE Abandoned Places In Europe

From desolate villages and ghost towns to
the home of the most famous vampire, today we look at Strange Abandoned Places in Europe. Number 13. Monsanto Panorama
In the 1960s, a large, lavish restaurant at the center of a park in Lisbon , Portugal
offered locals an exclusive dining experience in a unique, UFO-like building. Over the years, though, this circular structure
has been left to deteriorate after failed attempts to use it as a nightclub, bingo hall,
office, and warehouse. Today it serves the public as a popular viewpoint
despite its decrepit condition and graffiti-laced walls. Visitors to the charming, yet desolate, monument
will be able to enjoy the former restaurant’s unique architecture, gorgeous tile work from
artist Manuela Madureira , and the best 360 degree view in the city. Number 12. Spreepark
Spanning across almost 73 acres of land in the German capital of Berlin is the rundown
skeleton of an amusement park. This park first opened in 1969 under the moniker
of Kulturpark Plänterwald and was the only attraction of its kind in both East and West
Berlin at the time of its opening. In 1991, after the fall of the Berlin Wall
and Germany’s reunification, the amusement grounds were rechristened as Spreepark after
the nearby Spree River. New owners took over the property and invested
heavily in its success, adding new attractions and raising attendance numbers to 1.5 million
people annually! However, in the years following this brief
upswing in success, the parks owners would become gradually encumbered in debt. To compensate, prices rose, but that led to
a fall in attendance and by 2002, the park closed indefinitely. After 9 years of weathering, the park opened
briefly to guided tours of the vacant amusement park, but this stopped in 2014 once the property
was purchased by the City of Berlin. A major fire later that year destroyed much
of the remaining Spreepark attractions, and today the half burnt, crumbling structures
loom eerily outside the public eye. Number 11. Chateau Miranda
First designed in 1866, the neo-gothic Chateau Miranda didn’t finish construction until 1907,
where it acted as a home to the descendants of the Liedekerke-De Beaufort family. Located in the Belgian town of Celles , it
played a role as a combat location during the infamous Battle of the Bulge when it was
occupied by German soldiers. But following this occupation, the legendary
castle came under the control of the National Railway Company of Belgium and was converted
to an orphanage and children’s camp, earning the name Chateau de Noisy. However, the upkeep on this great castle proved
to great to maintain and in 1991 it was left completely abandoned. Vandalism and decay had its way with the Chateau
Miranda for 26 years, leaving the structure decrepit and on the verge of collapse before
it was finally torn down in October of 2017. Number 10. Prinkipo Greek Orphanage
The largest wooden building in all of Europe sits quietly on the Turkish island of Buyukada
. It measures over 215 thousand square feet and has gone unoccupied and undisturbed for
over 55 years! Once a luxurious hotel and casino, for which
it was designed in 1898, the property was purchased by the wife of a Greek banker when
the proper permits couldn’t be obtained to run it for its intended purpose. She then donated the building to the Ecumenical
Patriarchate of Constantinople and it was henceforth known as the Prinkipo Greek Orphanage. It operated for more than 6 decades, assisting
with the needs of nearly 5,800 orphans while open. Efforts have been made in recent years to
preserve the historic structure, as it currently ranks among the most endangered cultural heritage
sites in the world. Number 9. Canfranc Station
This massive train station set in the Pyrenees mountains along the borders of Spain and France
was once an intricate tool in commerce between the two nations. Equipped with large, 220-yard-long platforms,
this location acted as a hub for transferring cargo as the trains of France weren’t compatible
with the railways of Spain, and vice versa. But a derailment in 1970 destroyed a crucial
bridge on the French side of the mountain range, permanently putting the station’s out
of commission as French trains could no longer make the journey. The nearby village of Canfranc dropped with
the loss in railway traffic, and the grandiose station, which measure 790 ft. long and features
156 doors and 365 windows, was abandoned indefinitely, despite being the second largest train station
in Europe. Entry to Canfranc Station is limited in modern
times, with tours being offered briefly during summer months. Number 8. Varosha
The small Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus is home to many historical, architectural
relics, with evidence of human activity on the isle dating back to the 10th millennium
BC. But the most recent remnants of past civilization
can be found in the southern quarter of the city Famagusta . Called Varosha , this district
was a modern tourism haven ranking among the most popular in the world, until 1974 when
the country underwent invasion from Turkey. The 39 thousand people of Varosha fled in
fear of the upcoming combat, and the sector remains deserted today. Heavily looted and slowly decaying, the concrete
coastal developments of the area stand hauntingly desolate as entrance is still barred to the
public. However, in the summer of 2019, plans have
begun to reopen Varosha once more in the coming years. Number 7. Balestrino
A quiet Italian village among green-coated hills with a gorgeous view of the ocean may
seem like the ideal place to live, but in 1953, the people of Balestrino deserted their
medieval town suddenly. Though the town-like commune is believed to
have been inhabited since at least the 11th century, a string of earthquakes throughout
the 19th and 20th centuries caused the locals to relocate. Balestrino was declared hydrogeologically
unstable, and a second town of the same name was erected shortly after its abandonment. Today, the old ghost town above it withers
away, completely fenced off to the outside world. However, there are plenty of hiking opportunities
nearby with plenty of unique vantage points of old Balestrino’s castle and churches for
those interested parties not willing to take “no” for an answer. Number 6. Petite Ceinture
Encircling the city of Paris is La Petite Ceinture , an urban railway that has been
inactive since 1934. This was the first Parisian metro-like transportation
open to the public, after switching from its initial purpose as a freight line. But after the Paris Metro appeared in 1900,
the Petite Ceinture started to receive less and less use until it finally ceased service. As the decades passed, the railway would become
overgrown, creating its own unique ecosystem with more than 200 species of plants and animals
calling it home. Exploring these train tracks will reveal a
vibrant collaboration of nature and urban art as colorful flowers adorn graffiti murals
just out of sight from the bustling streets of Paris. This makes the Petite Ceinture a popular stop
for urban explorers, as much of the railway remains open to the public. Number 5. Kirby Hall
In 1570, the Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Christopher Hatton , commissioned the
construction of the massive, regal Kirby Hall. Following the trends of other wealthy noblemen
of the time, the palace-like structure was a prime example of the era’s “prodigy houses”. This great hall was elaborate in its design,
drawing on the styles of French architecture for inspiration. But since being erected, Kirby Hall has fallen
into disrepair. The large mansion is partially roofless, and
much of the structure seems to be on the verge of collapse. However, a large portion of the hall is still
very usable, thanks to restoration efforts by the charity English Heritage. Many of the rooms have been renovated to reflect
both 17th and 18th century decor, while the gardens and the various statues and urns that
occupy them have been restored. Number 4. Bran Castle
Known to many as the home of the mythical Count Dracula, Bran Castle eerily emerges
from the Transylvanian portion of the Calimani Alps. But this great Romanian fortress most likely
never housed the nefarious vampire, as all connections it has to the legendary Bram Stoker
novel are flimsy at best. This region of Romania was once home to the
Wallachian prince Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler. He is often thought to have been the model
for the infamous vampire due to his location and name. But evidence of such direct influence on the
horror novel is scarce, and historians largely agree he likely never even entered Bran Castle,
let alone lived there. Still, rumors have persisted over the years,
and the castle is still a popular tourist attraction today. Number 3. Tunnel of Love
Railroads often evoke the imagery of steam, metal, and the industrial age, but the Ukraine’s
Tunnel of Love is a much more romantic spin on the classic train track aesthetic. Connecting the town of Klevan with the village
of Orzhiv , this portion of railroad measure 3.1 miles in length and is surrounded by lush
foliage, smoothly carved into a tunnel from the passage of industrial freight trains. This has created one of the most serene locations
in all of the Ukraine, drawing visitors year round, especially couples and newlyweds eager
to use it as their backdrop to a photoshoot. But be careful visiting this magical, yet
vacant location as trains do still use this track, with accidents involving pedestrians
do still happen from time to time. Number 2. Reschensee
In northern Italy, a large man-made lake sits at an altitude of 4,915 feet above sea level
among the Alps. Though located in the western part of South
Tyrol , the Reschensee or Lake Reschen as its also known, is a popular tourist spot
among Austrian and Swiss visitors as well given its close vicinity to both nations borders. But the clear, calm, and chilling waters of
this two-and-a-half square-mile lake aren’t the only thing of interest to the public. Beneath the surface of Reschensee are the
remains of the village of Graun [GRAU’wyn], a township which was submerged during the
completion of the lake. A total of 163 homes and other related buildings
were flooded as a means of connecting two smaller, natural lakes. The most prominent evidence of the underwater
village is in the steeple of a 14th century church which still rises above the lake surface. Despite having its bells removed in 1950,
local legends tell of bells being heard from the steeple in the midst of winter, when visitors
can actually walk across the frozen lake and see this architectural relic up close. Number 1. Teufelsberg
Following the second global conflict of the 20th Century, Germany sought to demolish a
military-technical college left over from the previous regime. But due to its sturdiness, the German government
opted to turn it into a rubble disposal site instead, birthing the man-made hill known
as Teufelsberg . Atop this hill is the Field Station Berlin, a massive listening station
that was once occupied by the United States National Security Agency, but has since been
abandoned. In modern times, the strange, tall structure
has become blanketed in murals and graffiti by street artists, and can be accessed by
the public for a small fee.

2 thoughts on “STRANGE Abandoned Places In Europe

  1. It is sad that some of these amazing places left to rust..
    Great content as always..
    Thanks for sharing..💔🖤💖

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