What is it about abandoned places that make them so beautiful yet also eerie? Is it the place’s history? Maybe it’s the mystery of whether spirits of the past still roam the premises today. Or perhaps it’s both. Whatever the reason may be, abandoned places can certainly be both striking and creepy all in one and there are tons of them located all around the globe.
From abandoned amusement parks to sand-filled buildings, these places feel like they’re frozen in time. Let’s take a trip around the world and discover 12 eerily beautiful abandoned places that are just waiting to be explored.
Great Train Graveyard, Uyuni, Bolivia
Bolivia is renowned for its large salt flats and breathtaking landscapes but one place you have to visit is the Great Train Graveyard located in Uyuni. At a first glance, the tourist attraction looks like a set straight out of a Mad Max film as the desert landscape is scattered with rusting, antique trains.
In the early 20th century, trains were imported from Britain with the goal to make Uyuni a major train destination, explains Forbes. Tragically, the plans were abandoned “as both the mining industry lost momentum and also disputes with neighboring countries broke out,” says the source. All that remains today is a cemetery of corroded trains thanks to the salt and strong winds.