The Smoking Ghost Town Of Centralia (USA)
Created over a coal mine, this city has thrived until early 60s when a fire began. The local population wasn’t bothered at first. However, a decade later, many locals started falling into cracks in pavements that were a result of burning. The town was completely evacuated by local authorities. There are merely 7 people existing in the town today.
What You Need to Know: There are several memorable sights to be enjoyed in town, including destroyed structures, broken down pavements and a fascinating graffiti filled strip of Route 61. The smoke trickling from the town’s ground will always serve as a reminder of its destruction.
The Church OF All Saints (Sedlec, Czech Republic)
During the mid 14th century, the region’s famed Abbot of the monastery made a trip to the Holy Land and returned with soil from Golgotha. The soil was thrown all over the Abbey grounds. Soon everyone in the nation wanted have their burial in Sedlec. The earlier “occupants” of the famous cemetery had to be slowly exhumed to make way for new burials. Finally, a local woodcarver suggested using 40,000 bones for creating eerie looking church ornaments.
What You Need to Know: Don’t miss the absolutely unbelievable bone chandelier that suspends off the church’s ceiling. Another sinister piece of art is the a severed piece of head being pecked by a bird made of, nor surprisingly, bones!
Island of Dolls (Mexico City, Mexico)
Legend has it that a girl child drowned near the spot several years ago. Her father is believed to have discovered a doll at the exact same place where she drowned. The family then decided that the doll possessed the soul of the little girl, which is why they hung the doll to a tree. The girl’s father brought all abandoned dolls and began hanging them in this area. Eventually, he also began living is this isolated, haunted spot.
What You Need to Know: Visitors can now stay in the old cabin, which was once occupied by the little girl’s father. Be prepared to lie down beside a sinister looking full size doll. You’ll have to gather every ounce of courage in your veins to live with these dolls post sundown.
The Capuchin Catacombs (Palermo, Italy)
Nestled inside the catacombs are the remnants of around 8,000 people dating back to the 18th and 19th century. With corpses that have terrible heads and scary looking mouths (that appear like they are going to start saying something terrible) and faces that are capable of causing extreme terror, this place spells inexplicable fear all the way.
What You Need to Know: Visitors can visit the place on any day with the exception of Sunday. Be careful of not losing your way through the catacombs.
Abandoned Military Hospital in Beelitz- Heilstatten (Germany)
This can be the father of all horror movies you’ve ever seen put together. It can be the place where the horror movie plot thickens. It is so eerie and haunting looking, you’ll probably be living your worst nightmare. Over a period of time, the hospital served as a tuberculosis sanatorium and an army hospital, whose patients were none other than Adolf Hitler and other prominent leaders of the time. Currently, several wards are being utilized by a neurological center, but almost the entire hospital premises are abandoned.
What You Need to Know: Beelitz-Heistatten draws plenty of adventure buffs, ghost tale achasers and horror story enthusiasts. Located merely 25 miles from the city of Berlin, this is as close as you can get to your favorite horror film. Again, not meant for the weak hearted who can’t sustain a sinister adventure.
The Haw Par Villa Theme Park (Singapore)
The antithesis of Disneyland and all things good and cheery, The Haw Par Villa Theme Park is an amusement park from hell. From the Ten Courts of Hell to gory displays that teach little kids about good and bad. For instance, some scenes are created to discourage little ones from using unscrupulous practices during exams.
What You Need to Know: Free admissions for visitors. Though every display is not scary, and some are actually endearing, there are some others that can be shocking. Knowing this in advance will help you plan your trip in a more informed manner.
The Hanging Coffins (Sagada, Philippines)
Local residents don’t bury coffins here in this part of Philippines. They are hung from rock fences in a rather spinster looking manner. Of course, only people who fulfill criteria are given this special burial. One of the conditions is that the person must be married. Not just that, he or she must also have grandchildren. Local legend has it that the higher a person’s coffin hangs; the closer is his soul to heaven.
What You Need to Know: Visitors should be prepared to put up in an accommodation option with basic amenities. You won’t get hot bathing water and may have to do with cold water.
Village of Living Dolls (Nagoro, Village of Living Dolls)
Ayano Tsukimi decided to create replicas of dolls for local villagers. Now, these eerie looking creations are omnipresent throughout the village. They are fishermen, students, couples, teachers and just about every village character. While the number of dolls has clocked 350, the village has only 37 inhabitants.
What You Need to Know: If you are tired of squabbling with living beings, Nagoro sounds like your kind of a place. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this village, where local inhabitants are not living beings!
Christ of the Abyss (San Fruttuoso, Italy)
In the mid 19th century, diver Duilio Marcante had a sculpture of his dear friend (Dario Gonzatti) placed on the spot where had died. The statue stands around 8 feet tall, and honors the memory of a marine explorer. Though its primary objective is to commemorate a sailor/explorer, it invokes mixed emotions in visitors.
What You Need to Know: You can find the sculpture pretty or downright creepy, but there’s no denying that you’ll receive an incomparable thrill along with a bunch of Instagram selfies. Certainly not for the faint hearted!