Walking through an old, creaky, and possibly haunted, building is always exhilarating. Empty warehouses are cool but there are much more interesting structures looming around. Troll through these 10 Abandoned Buildings Around the World and listen for faint voices in the dead silence.
Hitler's Rehab Hospital, Beelitz Heilst
When WWI just got started, the wounded were brought here to recover. As the fighting continued, this place became a safe haven for real assholes, treating commis, dictators, and nazis. The building itself is medical creep central, with enough rusty metal and rigid furniture to give you a solid case of tetanus. You can thank this place for nursing Hitler back to health so he could go on being the upstanding citizen we all knew and loved.
Clapham North Deep-Level Air Raid Shelter
You grandpa's basement ain't got shit on this place. Built during WWII, the bomb shelter tunnel under the Clapham North subway station used to be the temporary home of 8,000 or so troops. This section is the only empty part of a larger network of deep tunnels, most of which are currently used for storage. While you'll be safe from any sort of air attack, your lungs will not enjoy the super damp and mucky conditions down there. Bring your canned beans and SPAM, it's going to be a long night.
Akeno Gekijo Strip Club
If you've been on the pervy prowl, you may have noticed the lack of proper strip clubs in Japan. We've got just the thing. Somewhere deep in the countryside of the Ibaraki Prefecture, lie the burnt down ruins of a legit strip club, complete with a stage, spectator seats, a creepy control room, and a stripper pole. The only things gyrating here now are mosquitoes and ashes and the dirty-all-over feeling sets in the minute you stumble upon the relic. On the bright side, we're guessing ghost strippers don't charge much for lap dances.
A whole neighborhood that's filled with the ghosts of greed, Chile's nitrate towns used to be bustling with people looking to secure their share of “white gold” (sodium nitrate), a compound used for both fertilizer and explosives. Digging for the stuff stopped when scientists figured out how to manufacture the shit bombs in labs, quickly knocking down the value of white gold. Consequently, the gold-diggers abandoned these towns, leaving them to solemnly rot in the winds of lost fortune.
An Indian style mansion, designed by a Cuban, located in Spain, this cultural Franken-villa has seen little action since it was erected in 1912. Lurking amongst the greenery of the Asturias region, the villa is decked out in intricate windows and winding marble staircases. This grand structure is decaying in all the right places and is the perfect setting for playing out your rich man fantasies.
Maunsell Sea Forts
Sticking up on the border of international waters and England's North Sea, these quirky treehouse-like forts were built to defend crumpets and tea time during WWII. While most of them are empty today, one is actually a country. A fucking country! Since the forts were in international waters and weren't technically part of any country, Roy Bates, a major in the British Army, created The Principality of Sealand inside one of the forts and moved his family in as royalty. He got a lot of shit from the British government but stood his ground, ultimately forcing the motherland to recognize his makeshift nation as totally legit.
Everyone can agree that mentally ill ghosts are far creepier than totally sane ones. About half an hour from Oslo, the Lier Sykehus is an operational psychiatric hospital and most units in the complex are filled with living loonies. The abandoned portions, which are littered with peeling paint, metal cots and exam chairs, are rumored to be inhabited by the tortured souls of patients that frequently underwent shock therapy and other psycho probing and prodding. Here, you won't be able to figure out if that wretched sound is just a squeaky door, the screech of a deranged resident or a cry for help from the netherworld. Maybe it's the way they cross their o's but we've always found Norwegians a bit on the nutty side anyway.
Mismatching the rest of Russian architecture, this castle was built as a big “fuck you” to the French. Vladimir Khrapovitsky, a rich Russian, encountered a talkative Frenchman during his travels in the 19th century. After hearing the French dude talk up his native country's architecture, and likely several shots of vodka later, Vlad decided to build a castle to show him who's boss. Muromtzevo was put together as a power move, with vast grounds that included stables, a pond, and other lavish amenities. Vlad ultimately lost the cockfight as the revolution cleared the place out, forcing him to abandon his ego trip. There's now a restaurant inside the castle but the rest of the grounds are up for exploration.
Pod City of San Zhi
Why the hell isn't anyone living in these pods? Built in the Brady Bunch 70's (obviously), these pods were intended to be luxury condos for people that like things round and UFO-like. Construction was halted on these twice: once in the mid-80's because people were convinced these things were haunted (we're going to say opium was involved) and the second time in 1989 because of a financial deal with the Hilton chain that didn't pan out. The whole resort hangs over a cliff, with panoramic ocean views in every pod. We're packing our bags and taking over the yellow ones.
Plaza de Toros
Experience the glory of the bullfighting arena without all the cruelty! In 1910, the Spanish exported a packaged bullfighting deal into an area of the world that wasn't really into the blood sport. Spanish bullfighting superheros, Ricardo Torres (aka Bombita Grande) and his brother Manuel (Bombita Chico), entered the ring to take on some bull in front of about 7,000 spectators, comprised mostly of meat-lovin' Argentinians. The entire area was decked out with a casino, squash court, and racetrack to entertain the hoards of tourists expected to frequent the arena once they got the bulls running. The government allowed only eight fights until it decided bullfighting was too bloody for its blood and pulled the plug on the joint for good. The arena is pretty beat up so entering is fairly dangerous, but not unheard of.
When you stumble upon an abandoned structure, you always imagine what it was like when there was life stirring inside. Hit up these amazing places and put the pieces of their history back together. Just watch your back for lingering residents that refuse to let these places go to waste.