World's Eeriest Abandoned Places

Sunken villages, derelict amusement parks, and vacant mental hospitals are just a few abandoned places with creepy appeal.

Hundseck Hotel, Black Forest, Germany

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Why It’s Creepy: Deep in the heart of Deutschland near Bühlertal, this rambling once-popular ski resort in the thickly forested mountains is an eerie reminder of the region’s good old days. The grand old fin de siècle hotel operated until 1957, when it was converted to a camp for miners; it became a youth hostel in 1982, then finally shuttered in 2001. Nobody’s checked in or out of the rickety turreted structure in nine years.

How to Experience It: Access the hotel by taking a drive on Germany’s infamously dangerous mountain road called the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse (a.k.a. the Black Forest High Street), which runs from Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt along the Bunderstrasse 500.

World's Eeriest Abandoned Places

Hundseck Hotel, Black Forest, Germany

Why It’s Creepy: Deep in the heart of Deutschland near Bühlertal, this rambling once-popular ski resort in the thickly forested mountains is an eerie reminder of the region’s good old days. The grand old fin de siècle hotel operated until 1957, when it was converted to a camp for miners; it became a youth hostel in 1982, then finally shuttered in 2001. Nobody’s checked in or out of the rickety turreted structure in nine years.

How to Experience It: Access the hotel by taking a drive on Germany’s infamously dangerous mountain road called the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse (a.k.a. the Black Forest High Street), which runs from Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt along the Bunderstrasse 500.

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