Bangkoks Sathorn Unique abandoned skyscraper: the supervillain HQ of your dreams (sitios fantasma XXV)

Sathorn Unique ghost tower in downtown Bangkok - RIDING OUT THE ECONOMY the adventure chronicle
Sathorn Unique ghost tower in downtown Bangkok - RIDING OUT THE ECONOMY the adventure chronicle

Are you an enterprising crime lord looking to house 50 stories worth of henchmen? Why don’t you check the Sathorn Unique ghost skyscraper in Bangkok, Thailand? No one lives there, and it’s got a rooftop terrace perfect for villainous showdowns.

The Sathorn Unique has the proper mix of glitzy (balustrades) and gritty (plants growing on the 30th floor) necessary for any B-movie mustache-twirler or videogame boss. It was abandoned after the Asian economic crisis of the mid-90s. From Riding Out The Economy

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Sathorn Unique – Abandoned Skyscraper – RIDING OUT THE ECONOMY, the adventure chronicle

Last weekend, Cengiz and I were plumb out of ideas for cheap, local adventures. So, we decided to go looking for Bangkok’s best pizza and to head to the Grand Palace to do some time lapse filming. On the way there, we got a little side tracked. As we rode the BTS toward the mighty Chao Phraya, zombie like gazes directed out the window, the Sathorn Unique entered our lives. It sits, sadly, naked, just beside the BTS line, towering above everything around it. Cengiz looked at me and said, “You see that graffiti in the building? We can get up there. We should go up there.” It was a silly comment to make, probably made half jokingly; after all, sneaking into abandoned construction projects is probably pretty illegal. Unfortunately, I agreed, wholeheartedly.

At more than 40 stories, Sathorn Unique towers over its surroundings in a largely residential neighborhood in central Bangkok.
At more than 40 stories, Sathorn Unique towers over its surroundings in a largely residential neighborhood in central Bangkok.

The building is among the major construction projects started when Thailand’s economy was booming in the 1990s. –
Developers envisaged a city of gleaming office and residential skyscrapers that were testament to the nation’s rapid development.

Then Thailand sank into a swamp of reckless investments and unpaid debts that became known as the 1997 Asian financial crisis. The country’s economy contracted 10% in 1998 and many of the building projects came to a crashing halt.

Bangkok, Thailand : Abandoned Skyscraper – Sathorn Unique Aint Worth Shit Yo

Abandoned skyscraper, Bangkok, Thailand. Fifty levels, of abandonded skyscraper. Wood flooring installed, bathroom suites connected, wiring, plumbing, fire safety systems, all done. Prime realestate on the river-bank downtown, with spectacular views. The «Sathorn Unique» was to be one of Bangkok’s most exclusive residential developments. Like many other sites, constuction was abandoned during the asian financial crisis of the late 90’s. As with food, Asian’s do financial crisis’s way better than us whiteys. How many skyscrapers were abandoned during the recent GFC? None. Think about it. Standing on a fifity level, almost completed skyscaper, some Thai guy says «fuck it man, lets just go eat some fried chicken. Yo! Kasit, Suthep, Sui Min…drop your helmets bitches! We’re gettin’ the fuck out of here! This building aint worth shit yo».

Sathorn Unique Tower is our first residential project in downtown Bangkok

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Ancient Sunken City of Alexandria, Egypt (Sitios fantasma XXIV) – 24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities – WebUrbanist

Foto: WebUrbanist
Foto: WebUrbanist

Ancient Sunken City of Alexandria, Egypt

Lost for 1600 years the fabled city of Alexandria was lost – until just 16 years ago. The famed stage of historic interactions between Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Marc Antony and Octavius was lost under the water. The royal residences, as archeologists discovered, were slowly sent to the bottom of the sea after a series of earthquakes and tsunamis. The ancient Alexandria had over 500,000 residents and was known for its library with over 700,000 scrolls.

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Exploran las ruinas del palacio de Cleopatra en el fondo del mar – Yahoo! Noticias

Varios buzos exploraron el martes las ruinas sumergidas de un complejo de palacios y templos desde donde gobernó Cleopatra y que hace más de 1.600 años se precipitaron al mar a causa de terremotos y maremotos.

El equipo internacional está excavando trabajosamente uno de los sitios arqueológicos submarinos más ricos del mundo y recobrando valiosos artefactos de la última dinastía que gobernó el antiguo Egipto antes de que el imperio romano lo anexara en el año 30 aC.

Un museo subacuático reunirá las antigüedades hundidas en Alejandría

  • Se construirá en el puerto del este de Alejandría.
  • Se compondrá de una red de túneles de cristal.
  • Aguantará la presión del agua y los vientos del mar.

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Abandoned Mountain Town of Sardinia, Italy (Sitios fantasma XXIII) – 24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities – WebUrbanist

Town of Sardinia, Italy - WebUrbanist
Town of Sardinia, Italy - WebUrbanist

Abandoned Mountain Town of Sardinia, Italy

Little is available online about this picturesque deserted mountain, mountain with brightly painted doors and largely intact structures. Know more?

Feel free to discuss and link in the comments!

vía 24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities Abandoned Mountain Town of Sardinia, Italy – WebUrbanist.

Sardinia – De Wikipedia

Sardinia (pronounced /sɑrˈdɪniə/ItalianSardegna[sarˈdeɲɲa]SardinianSardigna or Sardinnya [sarˈdinja]) is the second-largestisland in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily and before Cyprus). It is an autonomous region of Italy, and the nearest land masses are (clockwise from north) the French island of Corsica, the Italian PeninsulaSicilyTunisia and the Spanish Balearic Islands.

The name Sardinia is from the pre-Roman noun *sard[ ], romanised as sardus (feminine sarda); that the name had a religious connotation is suggested from its use also as the adjective for the ancient Sardinian mythological hero-god Sardus Pater «Sardinian Father» (misunderstood by many modern Sardinians/Italians as being «Father Sardus»), as well as being the stem of the adjective «sardonic«. Sardinia was called Ichnusa, the Latinised form of the Greek HyknusaSandalionSardinia and Sardo by the ancient Greeks and the Romans.

Ogliastra hinterland – abandoned towns and ancient towers

On friday the 28th the sea was livelier than we wanted to be part of, and we decided on an excursion by car to the mountains in the Ogliastra hinterland.

First we drove to Jerzu which is a bit further inland from Cardedu, where the mountains really begins. Francesco drove up some of the steepest and most curved roads I have ever been on, up to what is called the “Tacchi di Ogliastra”, meaning the high heels of Ogliastra. They are a series of mountains where the top is surrounded by vertical rock walls of maybe 100-200m. The mountains in Sardinia aren’t high by Himalayan standards, the tallest peaks are just over 1800m, but they’re still impressive in all their ruggedness.

The many vertical rock walls are a little paradise for climbers, who come from all over to play in the Sardinian mountains.


One of the two large islands that lie of the western (Mediterranean) coast of Italy, Sardinia is much less explored and far emptier than its southern neighbour Sicily. Marooned between Italy and north Africa, it lies some 200km off the coast of Lazio. At its northern tip it gazes just a few miles across the water to the French island of Corsica. DH Lawrence visited in the early 1920s and found it ‘lost between Europe and Africa and belonging to nowhere’.


Perhaps the geographical confusion is accentuated by the number of times Sardinia has been invaded over the past two millennia. The island has certainly been inhabited since prehistoric times. You don’t have to dig to find this; the evidence is all over Sardinia in the shape of the bizarre nuraghi, conical stone buildings, rather like beehives. They were mainly constructed between 1500BC and 500BC, apparently as defensive structures as well as homes. This ancient culture was at its height around 1000 years before the birth of Christ … the fact that 700 of the nuraghi survive 3000 years later gives an indication of their power.

But as the civilisations around the Mediterranean gained bigger, faster ships, so islands such as Sardinia became targets for invasion. Around the eighth century BC, the Nuraghi were trading with the Phoenicians, but around 600BC they were invaded by Carthage, who made the short hop from North Africa. The Romans came next of course, and the Sard people were all but wiped out in a bloody campaign in 176BC, when 25,000 islanders were slaughtered.

Abandoned War-Torn City of Agdam, Azerbaijan (Sitios fantasma XXII) – 24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities – WebUrbanist

Agdam, (abandoned) capital city of Azerbaijan - WebUrbanist
Agdam, (abandoned) capital city of Azerbaijan - WebUrbanist

Abandoned War-Torn City of Agdam, Azerbaijan

Once the proud 150,000+ capital city of Azerbaijan this dense and thriving city was taken by the Armenians and utterly trashed, vandalized and then abandoned. However, the Armenians still claim the territory as their own so no one has returned to reclaim the wrecked and ravished ruins of the city. However, some explorers still make their way to photograph what is left of this city whose residents may never see it again.

vía 24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities Abandoned War-Torn City of Agdam, Azerbaijan – WebUrbanist.

Agdam, Azerbaijan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Agdam (disambiguation).

Coordinates39°59′35″N 46°55′50″E


Ağdam is located in Azerbaijan

Coordinates: 39°59′35″N 46°55′50″E
Country Azerbaijan
Rayon Agdam
Population (2008)
– Total 0

Ağdam (also, Agdam and Aghdam) was a town in the southwestern part of Azerbaijan and the capital of its Agdam Rayon. In July 1993, after heavy fighting, Agdam was captured by the forces of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic during its 1993 summer offensives. As the town fell, its entire population fled eastwards. In the immediate aftermath of the fighting, the Armenian forces decided to destroy much of Agdam to prevent its recapture by Azerbaijan.[1] More damage occurred in the following decades when the deserted town was looted for building materials. Agdam is currently a ruinous, uninhabited ghost town.[2] The town’s large mosque also survives in bad condition.[3]

View of the destruction caused by war - Wikipedia
View of the destruction caused by war - Wikipedia

Rhyolite: Death Valley’s Haunting Ghost Town | Urban Ghost Media (Sitios fantasma XXI)

Rhyolite - Images by Ken Lund, licensed under CC-SA-2.0 - Urban Ghost Media
Rhyolite - Images by Ken Lund, licensed under CC-SA-2.0 - Urban Ghost Media

To date Urban Ghosts Media has explored a number of ghost towns, from Bodie, the quintessential Wild West frontier town, to some of the world’s most fascinating abandoned towns and cities. But what more appropriate location for a ghost town than the aptly named Death Valley? That’s where the remains of Rhyolite stand, and even today the ruins tell of a prosperous and relatively grand settlement.

Located in Nevada’s Bullfrog Hills about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Rhyolite emerged as one of several mining camps in 1905 and exploded after the large scale discovery of gold. In the spirit of the Wild West, the ensuing gold rush brought miners, gold diggers and adventurers, bound by the promise of financial gain. Accompanying them were enterprising service providers intent on making a living off the rewards reaped through the burgeoning industry.

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Ruins of the Cook Bank building in Rhyolite, Nevada - Wikipedia
Ruins of the Cook Bank building in Rhyolite, Nevada - Wikipedia

Rhyolite, Nevada – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rhyolite is a ghost town in Nye County, in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is located in the Bullfrog Hills, about 120 miles (190 km) northwest of Las Vegas, near the eastern edge of Death Valley. The town began in early 1905 as one of several mining camps that sprang up after a prospecting discovery in the surrounding hills. During an ensuing gold rush, thousands of gold-seekers, developers, miners, and service providers flocked to the Bullfrog Mining District. Many settled in Rhyolite, which lay in a sheltered desert basin near the region’s biggest producer, the Montgomery Shoshone Mine.

Industrialist Charles M. Schwab bought the Montgomery Shoshone Mine in 1906 and invested heavily in infrastructure including piped water, electric lines, and railroad transportation that served the town as well as the mine. By 1907, Rhyolite had electric lights, water mains, telephones, newspapers, a hospital, a school, an opera house, and a stock exchange. Published estimates of the town’s peak population vary widely, but scholarly sources generally place it in a range between 3,500 and 5,000 in 1907–08.

Rhyolite declined almost as rapidly as it rose. After the richest ore was exhausted, production fell. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the financial panic of 1907 made it more difficult to raise development capital. In 1908, investors in the Montgomery Shoshone Mine, concerned that it was overvalued, ordered an independent study. When the study’s findings proved unfavorable, the company’s stock value crashed, further restricting funding. By the end of 1910, the mine was operating at a loss, and it closed in 1911. By this time, many out-of-work miners had moved elsewhere, and Rhyolite‘s population dropped well below 1,000. By 1920, it was close to zero.

Abandoned Disaster City of Beichuan, China (Sitios fantasma XX) – 24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities – WebUrbanist

Top, a view of the earthquake-damaged city of Beichuan on May 12. Below, the view on Tuesday, after a controlled drainage operation flooded parts of the damaged city. Liu Jin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images - The New York Times
Top, a view of the earthquake-damaged city of Beichuan on May 12. Below, the view on Tuesday, after a controlled drainage operation flooded parts of the damaged city. Liu Jin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images - The New York Times

Abandoned Disaster City of  Beichuan, China

A sudden and devastating earthquake leveled or unbalanced virtually every major building in Beichuan, leaving thousands dead and tens of thousands displaced to public buildings in nearby cities. Due to the extent of the damage it is unclear whether this city will be rebuilt or simply left to go to ruin – its reconstruction would require the leveling of most or all of the buildings that remain from the disaster.

vía 24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities Abandoned Disaster City of Beichuan, China – WebUrbanist.

Rescuers carry a survivor from the rubble of a collapsed building in Yinghua town in southwest China's Sichuan province on Friday.
Rescuers carry a survivor from the rubble of a collapsed building in Yinghua town in southwest China's Sichuan province on Friday.

Mapping the earthquake zone

More than 71,000 people are dead, missing or buried under rubble following the devastating earthquake that hit China’s Sichuan province. Click on the map to find out more about some of the worst-affected places.

Beichuan rises from ashes after ’08 Sichuan disaster

BEICHUAN — The Beichuan county was flattened by the 7.8-magnitude Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan province on May 12 two years ago.
More than 80 percent of the county’s buildings, including the worst-hit Beichuan High School, collapsed, leaving more than 20,000 people homeless.
The entire county has been moved to Yongchang town about 23 km from the former quake site for reconstruction which began last year. The new county will make its debut in October.

China Lets Town’s Ruins Wash Away, in Effort to Avert Disaster Downriver


BEIJING — Low-lying areas in one of the towns most devastated by the May 12 earthquake were flooded Tuesday as a torrent of water was released from a dangerous lake formed by landslides, dislodging wrecked homes, cars and corpses.

Beichuan: a vision of hell

Beichuan was a town of 160,000 nestling in one of the world’s most beautiful valleys. When rescuers arrived yesterday, they found a scene of unimaginable devastation and despair

By Clifford Coonan in Beichuan

China remembers Sichuan earthquake victims on first anniversary of disaster
The survivors of the Sichuan earthquake have marked its first anniversary by remembering the 88,000 people who died in China’s worst natural disaster for 30 years.

By Peter Foster in Beijing

Aftershock triggers slides at quake epicenter
Anger over collapsed schools grows as China’s official toll tops 22,000

Ruined Beichuan Starts Anew


When the 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit southwest China on May 12, 2008, Beichuan county was among the hardest hit. Twenty thousand people died in that county alone. In the county seat, it’s believed half the population perished.

Thousands of bodies remain entombed in the rubble of Beichuan. The city is in a deep valley, with mountains on all sides. The force of the earthquake sheared off the sides of those mountains, and the landslides roared straight down onto the city.

The city of Beichuan is abandoned. A fence topped with concertina wire prevents entry. But the ruined city has become a tourist attraction anyway.

Deserted Ghost City of Humberstone, Chile (Sitios fantasma XIX) – 24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities – WebUrbanist

Imágenes:  Web Urbanist
Imágenes: Web Urbanist

Deserted Ghost City of Humberstone, Chile

Humberstone, Chile was built around the rush to produce sodium nitrate as fertilizer. However, when the American economy went bust during the Great Depression demand dropped and by the time the world economy had recovered sufficiently most interested had shifted to other fertilizers leaving this town quite literally in the dust. Structures left behind include an abandoned swimming pool, schools, grocers a market place and a theater.

vía 24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities Deserted Ghost City of Humberstone, Chile – WebUrbanist.

Humberstone – Ghost town in Chilian desert

Humberstone, Chile was a booming town from the 1920s until the early ‘40s, enjoying the wealth and prosperity that came from mining and processing nitrate, also known as saltpeter. Once synthetic saltpeter was invented, the town began to decline and experienced a slow outpouring of residents until it finally lay empty in 1961. Since then, the blowing sand from surrounding deserts has made its way into the remaining buildings, which still house machinery and furniture. The town has been named a World Heritage Site and will likely be preserved as a historical monument.

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Location: Humberstone, Chile (CL)
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El misterio de los fantasmas de Humberstone en Chile

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Hoy les sugerimos un viaje que promete ser apasionante, nos sumergimos en los restos de otro tiempo, en un lugar donde parece que se ha parado el reloj y en el cual muchos testigos afirman que suceden sucesos paranormales, viajen con nosotros y conozcan mejor Humberstone.

Las oficinas salitreras de HumberstoneSanta Laura son dos antiguas oficinas salitreras, abandonadas en la actualidad, ubicadas en Chile. Ubicadas a 48 kilómetros al este de la ciudad de Iquique, son monumentos históricos y, desde el 25 de julio de 2005, son Patrimonios de la Humanidad de la Unesco y están incluidas en la Lista del Patrimonio de la Humanidad en peligro.

Chile – Humberstone and Santa Laura Ghost Towns in Atacama Desert

Karin-Marijke Vis

Humberstone and Santa Laura are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; two mining towns that bring back the social lives of mineworkers their working conditions.

The discovery of nitrate fertilizer in the 19th century brought economic wealth to Chile. The Atacama Desert numbered 170 nitrate mining towns, yearly producing three million tons of saltpetre. However, after synthetic fertilizer had been invented, Chile’s nitrate industry collapsed. All that remain are ghost towns, among which Humberstone and Santa Laura, near Iquique. Both have become UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are impressive testimonies to the bygone era of the nitrate boom.

Read more at Suite101: Chile – Humberstone and Santa Laura Ghost Towns in Atacama Desert

Foto de las salitreras de Humberstone -
Foto de las salitreras de Humberstone -

O f i c i n a   H u m b e r s t o n e

Esta Oficina Salitrera comenzó a elaborar salitre con el nombre de La Palma en el año 1872, siendo su propietario The Peruvian Nitrate Company.

Hacia 1877 elaboraba salitre con el Sistema de Máquina, es decir con inyección abierta de vapor de agua en los cachuchos.

Fue vendida al gobierno peruano por un monto de 325.000 soles y concluida la Guerra del Salitre o del Pacífico la firma Gibbs & Company la rescató mediante la devolución de los certificados recibidos por su venta anterior.

Humberstone: Todos vuelven…

El salitre es un recurso minero que ha estado vinculado al desarrollo de Chile, a sus luchas sociales, a las aspiraciones de miles de personas, a la riqueza de unos pocos y a la pobreza de muchos, pero por sobre todo a un modo de vida particular: la vida en la pampa.


A 50 kilómetros de la capital de la Región de Tarapacá se encuentra Humberstone, Patrimonio de la Humanidad, distinción otorgada a mediados del 2005 por la Unesco y que ha sido sometida a una renovación hace unos años, convirtiéndola en un punto turístico muy visitado tanto por viajeros nacionales como internacionales.

Antes, digamos 10 ó 15 años atrás, las visitas a Humberstone no eran como las de hoy. Al ir a este pueblito salitrero uno se adentraba en un verdadero pueblo fantasma, donde se podían recorrer las deshabitadas y antiguas casas de los trabajadores. En cambio, hoy en día, luego de que las autoridades pertinentes se percataran de la importancia patrimonial, cultural y turística del lugar, se instauró en la ex oficina salitrera un recorrido guiado, se empezó a cobrar en la entrada y las principales edificaciones fueron retocadas para darle una mejor imagen.

Jurassic Abandonment: Berlin’s Spooky Spreepark (Sitios fantasma XVIII) | Urban Ghosts media

Abandoned Water Slide in Spreepark, Berlin - Foto: Urban Ghosts media - public domain
Abandoned Water Slide in Spreepark, Berlin - Foto: Urban Ghosts media - public domain

There are some great articles in the online realm about abandoned amusement parks – former fun-filled places where the screams and raucous laughter have given way to a more creepy atmosphere. But an exploration of Spreepark in Berlin will reveal more than rusty rollercoasters. Here you’ll find yourself wandering among full-scale plastic dinosaurs, which almost appear to be watching over the dilapidated amusements.

It’s a curious sight on the landscape, which conjures the image of a second coming of the dinosaurs, wandering through a post-apocalyptic landscape characterised by the twisting metal of Spreepark’s decaying rides. In this modern dinosaur world, the Tyrannosaurus (top) and a couple of other unfortunate specimens have been toppled. And with the king of the carnivores out of action, the massive Brontosaurus – which appears to be going nowhere fast – can breathe that sigh of relief it never had back in its Jurassic lifetime.
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Spreepark De Wikipedia

The Spreepark was an entertainment park in the north of the Plänterwald in the Berlin district Treptow-Köpenick (formerly part of the GDR-controlled East Berlin). It was well-known also under its earlier name Kulturpark Plänterwald.

Spreepark, el parque de atracciones fantasma

Hay quienes se vanaglorian muy ufanos de haber ejercido de clandestinos en Spreepark, ese parque de atracciones abandonado en Plänterwald, Treptow-Köpenick. A la gente le gusta decir: ‘Yo me colé en Spreepark’ (como si fuera la proeza más genuina en la vida de un individuo, deleitándose con cada palabra, como si tuvieran joyas de Cartier en la boca); /‘Spreepark es mi sitio favorito de Berlín’/ (a pesar de que hasta el 9 de agosto de 2009 el acceso estaba prohibido y no admitía visitas desde su cierre por insolvencia en 2001); /‘Cómo, ¿todavía no has estado en Spreepark?’/ (inoculando esa sensación de estar perdiéndote el elixir mismo de la existencia).

Creyéndose originales, alternativos, modernos, el summum. Con ese desprecio natural que mana de la superioridad arrogante de líderes frustrados que lo quieren todo para sí mismos y solamente para ellos, sin que sea mancillado por los demás. Con ese afán didáctico -mortalmente aburrido- del pionero; ese síndrome del descubridor que podríamos catalogar como ‘el mal de Cristóbal Colón’, que sólo conduce al ridículo común y a la vergüenza ajena primigenia. Esa pretensión insólita de exclusividad.

(Fuente: Centro Alemán de Información)

T-Rex derribado con noria al fondo en el abandonado Spreepark de Berlín - Foto:  Urban Ghosts media
T-Rex derribado con noria al fondo en el abandonado Spreepark de Berlín - Foto: Urban Ghosts media

Herzlich willkommen!

Infos zu den Spreepark-Führungen finden Sie hier!!!
Mitteilung bezüglich der Spreepark-Führungen!!!

Schön, dass Sie auf vorbei schauen.
Hier erfahren Sie alles über den ehemaligen Berliner Freizeitpark.

Damit der Spreepark (ehemals Kulturpark) und die Geschichten, die sich über die Jahre angesammelt haben, nicht in Vergessenheit geraten, möchte ich Ihnen hier DIE Info-Seite zum Thema «Spreepark» bieten.

Viel Spaß auf

Berlin’s Abandoned Spreepark Is Where Fun Goes To Die

We recently posted about Michigan’s Prehistoric Forest, a dilapidated amusement park full of decaying fiberglass dinosaurs. Berlin has its own defunct dinosaur funland – the Spreepark – which fell on hard times after the collapse of communism.

From 1969 to 1989, Cultural Park Plänterwald was East Germany’s premiere amusement park. After German reunification, the park was rechristened «Spreepark,» saw a precipitous dip in visitors, and closed in 2002, after Norbert Witte – the park’s operator – picked up and left for Peru (he ostensibly left the country to open a new theme park in Lima). Witte and his son Marcel were later arrested for trying to smuggle 167 kilograms of cocaine ($14 million worth) back to Germany inside the «Flying Carpet» carousel. Der Spiegel has a fascinatingly depressing write-up of the Wittes’ Spreepark saga.

An Abandoned Amusement Park in Berlin

By Michaela Lola Abrera

Living in Berlin demands that you actively seek out its hidden haunts and break barriers. The city’s penchant for blending the bizarre with the ordinary makes it the perfect place for curiosity-seekers and non-conformists. Concealed within the lush greenery of the Treptow Park and barred by a rusty iron fence is the abandoned Spreepark ( This former GDR amusement center, which opened in 1969 and was best known as ‘Cultural Park Plenterwald,’ carries with it ghostly images of a bygone era.

Wild West Ghost Town of Bodie, California (Sitios fantasma XVII) – 24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities – WebUrbanist

Bodie, California, as seen from the hill, looking towards the cemetery - Wikipedia
Bodie, California, as seen from the hill, looking towards the cemetery - Wikipedia

Wild West Ghost Town of Bodie, California

Bodie was a quintessential frontier town of the Old West, complete with dozens of saloons, a red light district and a Chinatown. Stories of its history include tales of barroom brawls, stagecoach robberies and other Wild West debauchery. Founded during the Gold Rush the town thrived through the early 20th Century but was subsequently deserted and now is preserved and partially restored to its original state.

vía 24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities Wild West Ghost Town of Bodie, California – WebUrbanist.

Bodie, California – De Wikipedia

Bodie is a ghost town in the Bodie Hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, CaliforniaUnited States, about 75 miles (120 km) southeast of Lake Tahoe. It is located 12 miles (19 km) east-southeast of Bridgeport,[4] at an elevation of 8379 feet (2554 m).[1] As Bodie Historic District, the U.S. Department of the Interior recognizes it as a National Historic Landmark. The ghost town has been administered by California State Parks since becoming a state historic park in 1962, and receives about 200,000 visitors yearly.[5]


Bodie – A Ghostly Ghost Town

When mining began to decline along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, prospectors began to cross the eastern slope in search of their fortunes. One such man named William (aka: Waterman) S. Bodey, discovered gold near a place that is now called Bodie Bluff in 1859. Alas, the poor man died in a snow storm that very winter and never saw the new town that would be named after him.

Bodie Historic District - Wikipedia
Bodie Historic District - Wikipedia

Though one legend attributes the change of spelling to an illiterate sign painter, the citizens deliberately changed the spelling in order to ensure correct pronunciation.

Bodie, Ghost Town

Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town is named for Waterman S. Body (William Bodey), who had discovered small amounts of gold in hills north of Mono Lake. In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed pay dirt, which led to purchase of the mine by the Standard Company in 1877. People flocked to Bodie and transformed it from a town of a few dozen to a boomtown.

Only a small part of the town survives, preserved in a state of «arrested decay.» Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Designated as a National Historic Site and a State Historic Park in 1962, the remains of Bodie are being preserved in a state of «arrested decay». Today this once thriving mining camp is visited by tourists, howling winds and an occasional ghost.

Bodie ~ The West’s Best Preserved Ghost Town

Bodie is my favorite ghost town. Because it’s aCalifornia State Park, the buildings and their contents are protected year-round. This allows you to see a town left just as it was, with all the elements intact. A perfectly preserved window in time.
It’s also a fabulous site for photographers. There are so many interesting photo compositions. It’s probably the most photographed Ghost Town in the West.

Abandoned Gulag Concentration Camp (Sitios fantasma XVI) – 24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities – WebUrbanist

Former Soviet Gulag Concentration Camp - WebUrbanist
Former Soviet Gulag Concentration Camp - WebUrbanist

Abandoned Gulag Concentration Camp

A Gulag is a strange type of ‘city’ – more like a nightmare town where work goes unrewarded and the pension plan is deadly. This Soviet gulag was used as a work and prison camp and still has remnant buildings and relics from its desertion. After all, it is difficult to turn something so structured and with such a storied past into anything else that might be more useful.

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Abandoned City & Commune of Oradour, France (Sitios fantasma XV)- 24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities – WebUrbanist

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Abandoned City & Commune of Oradour, France

During the heat of conflict in World War II, a few informants told German troops that one of their own officers was being held in a nearby French town. What ensued was a terrible massacre that only spared a handful of men and women who managed to escape. Children and women were rounded up into a church and burned alive, men were shot in the legs to die slowly in a barn. Today, the remains of the old city still stand as a memorial to the events of that terrible day and the new commune of Oradour has been relocated to a nearby area.

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A sad story lies beneath the remains of this sorry looking city. It all started during World War 2, when informants told German troops that one of their officers was being held hostage here.
This turned into a massacre where disturbing events took place, such as children and women were taken to the church and burned alive. The men were shot in the legs and left to die in a barn.
Amazingly a few men and women did actually manage to escape. As you can see in the picture above no one could possibly return – and who would want to?
The city has been left to stand as a memorial and landmark to the people that died on that tragic day. The commune of Oradour however was relocated to a nearby area.

The Masscre of Oradour-sur-Glane (10 June 1944)
from Martyred village: commemorating the 1944 massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane
by Sarah Bennett Farmer

Oradour, June 10th, 1944: A Nazi Massacre in Occupied France
Jean-Jacques Fouché


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Oradour-sur-Glane (OccitanOrador de Glana) is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Limousin region in west-centralFrance.

The original village was destroyed on 10 June 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. A new village was built after the war on a nearby site and the original has been maintained as a memorial.

Deserted Walled City of Kowloon, Hong Kong (Sitios fantasma XIV) – 24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities – WebUrbanist

An aerial view of Kowloon Walled City in 1989 - Foto: Wikipedia
An aerial view of Kowloon Walled City in 1989 - Foto: Wikipedia

Deserted Walled City of Kowloon, Hong Kong

Kowloon Walled City was a loophole, a glitch never meant to exist. It grew organically devoid of building codes and largely absent of legal oversight, a kind of organic tent city times one thousand. As it grew without rules some areas were cut off entirely from natural light and air, crime ebbed and flowed and everything grew densely packed until the government finally intervened – evacuating the city and demolishing what remained.

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Kowloon Walled City – De Wikipedia

Kowloon Walled City was a densely populated, largely ungoverned settlement in KowloonHong Kong. Originally a Chinesemilitary fort, the Walled City became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to Britain in 1898. Its population increased dramatically following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II. From the 1950s to the 1970s, it was controlled by Triads and had high rates of prostitutiongambling, and drug use. In 1987, the Walled City contained 33,000 residents within its 6.5-acre (0.03 km2; 0.01 sq mi) borders.

In January 1987, the Hong Kong government announced plans to demolish the Walled City. After an arduous eviction process, demolition began in March 1993 and was completed in April 1994. Kowloon Walled City Park opened in December 1995 and occupies the area of the former Walled City. Some historical artifacts from the Walled City, including its yamen building and remnants of its South Gate, have been preserved there.

Kowloon Walled City - The most dense human habitation in world history. Foto: SkyscraperPage Forum
Kowloon Walled City - The most dense human habitation in world history. Foto: SkyscraperPage Forum

Kowloon Walled City – Mahalo

The Kowloon Walled City was an urban «megablock» in Hong Kong, comprised of 500 buildings that housed approximately 50,000 residents. For decades, the walled city was the last vestige of Chinese territory in British Hong Kong before it was occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War. After the Japanese deserted Kowloon, it became a hotbed for illegal activity and was the site forbrothels, casinos, opium dens, secret factories, unlicensed clinics and cocaine parlors.

The Walled City Of Kowloon – The most dense human habitation in world history.

Hak Nam, City of Darkness, the old Walled City of Kowloon was finally demolished ten years ago, in 1993, and to the end it retained its seedy magnificence. Rearing up abruptly in the heart of urban Hong Kong, 10, 12 and in some places as many as 14 storeys high, there was no mistaking it: an area 200 metres by 100 metres of solid building, home to some 35,000 people, not the largest, perhaps, but certainly one of the densest urban slums in the world. It was also, arguably, the closest thing to a truly self-regulating, self-sufficient, self-determining modern city that has ever been built.

The City in its final form went back barely 20 years. In origin, however, Kowloon City was much the oldest part of Hong Kong, and one of the few areas in the vicinity populated when the British first arrived in 1841 to claim Hong Kong Island and the southern-most tip of the Kowloon Peninsula for their own. It was a proper Chinese town, laid out with painstaking attention to eternal principles. The Chinese believed that a town should face south and overlook water with hills and mountains protecting its rear, and in these terms the City was very happily placed, with the great Lion Rock just to the north of it and Kowloon Bay immediately to the south.

Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong

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