These days we seem to have more of a fascination with dystopian, post-apocalyptic stories than ever before. Half of the video games out there seem to be set in an apocalyptic wasteland, and not only is the most popular show on television about a zombie apocalypse, but the Mad Max franchise is even being rebooted next year. The bottom line is, we as a society just love the idea of chaos, anarchy, and desolation, apparently.
Believe it or not, there are real-world places you can go and visit right now that look like they’re straight out of those video games and movies that we all seem to love so much.
These are the places all over the world that were simply forgotten and left to crumble and succumb to years of decay. Here are some amazing photos of deserved locations all around the world.
13Disney’s River Country
Disney opened River Country in 1976, but it’s been sitting unused and forgotten since 2001.
Inspired by Disney World, Nara Dreamland in Japan was abandoned in 2006 and has been left completely unattended.
11Olympic Luge Track
This was the luge track for the 1984 Sarajevo Games but has been left to rot and be overtaken by nature.
10Olympic Ski Jumps
These ski jumps were also used for the Sarajevo Olympics, and have been sitting unused ever since.
One more from Sarajevo, this hotel now sits crumbling like an old building in a Fallout game.
This railway in Paris was shut down in 1985 and nature has been reclaiming it ever since.
Also known as the “Floating Forest,” this abandoned shipwreck has sprouted, well, a forest on board.
6An Italian Mill
This old mill that’s believed to have been constructed in the Middle Ages now sits completely abandoned in this Sorrento, Italy valley.
5Asama Volcano Museum
This volcano museum in Japan has been left deserted for a number of years.
4Olympic Softball Stadium
This stadium was constructed for the Athens Summer Games of 2004 but has been sitting virtually untouched ever since.
3Mallorca Lluis Sitjar Soccer Stadium
This stadium in Spain once sat 18,000 rabid soccer fans but has been sitting unused and collecting graffiti and overgrowth since 2007.
2Exotic Luxury Hotel
This hotel in French Polynesia has been abandoned for more than a decade, and now looks more like a run-down set of Jurassic Park.
This old, abandoned smallpox hospital sits on Roosevelt Island in Manhattan, and like so many other deserted hospitals it’s believed to be haunted.