25 Creepiest Places On Earth

Posted by on May 21, 2012

Creepiness can be hard to define. Although the dictionary definition would be something along the lines of “annoyingly unpleasant” if you ask a hundred people you’ll most likely get a hundred different explanations. Keeping that in mind get ready to embark on a journey to some of the more spine tingling (or annoyingly unpleasant) corners of the globe. These are the 25 creepiest places on Earth.

25

Actun Tunichil Muknal

Actun Tunichil MuknalAlso known as the Cave of the Stone Sepulcher, it’s like something straight out of Indiana Jones. Housing numerous skeletons, the creepiest thing about this place is that most of them belong to children…sacrificed children to be more precise. Most likely many years ago there was a drought and these unfortunate youngsters were the ones chosen to have their skulls crushed.
24

Takakonuma Greenland Park

Takakonuma Greenland ParkAfter opening in the 70s this theme park was abruptly closed down supposedly due to a number of deaths on its rides and what was once intended to be the happiest place on Earth is now gradually being swallowed by the encroaching wilderness. The close proximity to Fukushima (where the nuclear reactor melted down) and the ever present fog make this one of the top contenders for the next big zombie outbreak.
23

The Overtoun Bridge

The Overtoun BridgeFound near the village of Milton in Scotland, this bridge is the location of numerous suicides – over 600 to be exact. Every year since its construction roughly 12 to 15 dogs launch themselves to their deaths…that’s right…dogs. Why? Well although there are numerous theories but no one really knows. One thing is for sure though – the dogs are hell bent on leaving this planet behind as some people have even witnessed dogs jump off, survive, climb back up, and jump off again.
22

Beelitz Military Hospital

 Beelitz Military HospitalIt was the year 1916 when a young German soldier was sent to this Berlin Hospital in order to recuperate from injuries sustained in World War I. Later to become the infamous Adolf Hitler, the hospital where he recovered was to suffer nary a scratch over the course of the next century. These days its abandoned halls stand as a tribute to some of the darkest days in human history.
21

The Sedlec Ossuary

 The Sedlec OssuaryEver since soil from the Holy Land was sprinkled over this small town in the Czech Republic people from all over the world have claimed Sedlec as their final resting place. After hundreds of years though, the number of bones on this relatively small property began to get a bit out of control and the priests realized they had to do something. Their chosen course of action? Redecorate…using bones. If you go today you’ll be greeted by an entire church built from seemingly nothing but human bones.
20

Prypiat

PrypiatOnce home to over 50,000 people this Ukrainian city housed the the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear plant until its 1986 meltdown. Given that the city is in what has come to be known as the Zone of Alienation, or the 30 km radius surrounding Chernobyl, it is quite literally dead. These days, however, the government has started allowing tourists due to decreased radiation levels.
19

Staten Island Tugboat Graveyard

Staten Island Tugboat GraveyardJust north of Rossville on Staten Island, New York, you’ll find the final resting place of hundreds of tugboats, ferries, and barges, most of which are century old remnants of a time when New York Harbor was still alive and kicking.
18

San Zhi Resort

 San Zhi ResortFound in Taiwan, this place was originally constructed to be a luxury resort but after a series of fatal accidents it was shut down by the government. Since then it has been shrouded in secrecy and not even the locals will dare to venture near the “death pods”.
17

Ryugyung Hotel

Ryugyung HotelAs one of the 20th century’s greatest architectural failures this hotel was only partially finished due to the barely surprising fact that the North Korean government ran out of money. At any rate, a huge abandoned North Korean hotel will certainly find room on this list.
16

Sighisoara

SighisoaraThis medieval citadel located deep within Transylvania is best known as the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the real life inspiratin behind Count Dracula.
15

Ghost City of Fengdu

Ghost City of FengduThis 2,000 year old ghost town is something like hell on earth, at least the Chinese version. Believed by locals to be the spot where spirits “crossover” after death, the place is chock full of burial sites and mock torture devices.
14

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery HouseIt’s a strange tale but it starts with Sarah Winchester, the heiress to the Winchester fortune. After the death of her husband and daughter in the late 1800s she consulted with a medium claiming that she was being haunted by the spirits of all those who had ever been killed by a Winchester rifle. The medium told her that the only way to free herself was to start building house…and never stop. Surely enough until the day she died the Winchester Mystery House was under construction and it should come as no surprise that visitors today are likely to get lost within its deliberately winding and confusing interior.
13

Ruins of Detroit

Ruins of DetroitDetroit is a land of contrast. Although it has a bustling downtown area, many parts of the city are little more than memorials to a time long gone. With large industrial structures crumbling throughout, it is the face of urban decay.
12

City Hall Subway Station

City Hall Subway StationResting deep beneath the busy streets of New York City lies a subway station that no train has stopped at in almost 70 years, except for one public expedition on the stations 100 year anniversary
11

Matsuo Ghost Mine

Matsuo Ghost MineLocated in northern Japan, this was once the largest sulfur mine in the Far East. After closing in the 70′s however, it was abandoned and the only thing remaining are the large residential complexes that used to house all of the workers. What makes this place so creepy though is the heavy mist that constantly shrouds the area. It’s so heavy in fact that some people have reported taking days to find the place.
David Pegg

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After helping found the United Nations, the United States, and United Airlines, David consigned himself to a transient life of writing lists and sleeping on park benches.

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  • gizmo

    Ten million people use to live here, now it’s a ghost town. Cod player s will know and for piypiat

  • katy

    I wish they could make some movie at those places… some of them look pretty scary.

  • Amonynous (Intentionally Amony

    DAFUQ did i just read and search.. what a HORRIBLE THING THAT PEOPLE DO UNUSUAL THING.. but still, i cant believe that Aokigahara Forest is a lovely place to die.. :/

  • Séamus

    What about Seebad Prora on the German island of Rügen.

  • Marozia

    Been to Sighisoara. Vlad III is my ancestor. Very dark and creepy. Been to Poenari Castle too.

  • Tao

    Awesome list! You made me wish to visit these places (but probably not alone) XD

    On Candido Godoi: most “locals” actually find the association with Mengele quite offensive :’) , which is understandable. In fact, the whole Mengele theory was not proposed by them, but by Argentinian historian Jorge Camarasa and some fiction writer. Today, historians think it’s highly unlikely that Mengele ever visited the place, let alone conducted “experiments” on the population.

    Moreover, twinning in Candido Godoi predates Mengele by decades and has been decreasing. Geneticists attribute the high twinning rate in the city to founder effect ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Founder_effect ), since a high percentage of the population are descendants of migrants from the same German region. The picture you posted is from a festival called “Festa dos Gêmeos”, which gathers twins from all neighbor towns and even further (not just Candido Godoi).

    I’m sorry if this makes the place less scary. Sometimes nature is just weird. :(

  • Paolo

    You are really forgetting the “Cimitero delle Fontanelle” (Fontanelle Cimitery) in Naples, Italy.

    It’s probably 100 times bigger than the Sedlec Ossuary… look at this video to get an idea:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c6CDqGHlVs

  • Ayla

    You should see the lost church in Tien-Shan mountains… it was buried for many years

    • James

      Do you have a link that talks about it? I havn’t found anything on google :/

  • ari

    Nice collection

  • John

    Nothing from Africa or the Middle East. I can think of plenty. What about some of the massive burial fields in Rwanda from the 1994 genocide?

    • Hayley Prychun Rodgers

      Those are more a solemn and heart wrenching thing than creepy.

  • greg

    The San Zhi Resort no longer exists.

    • Sam

      How do you know?

    • alfred weidinger

      San Zhi Resort was completely destroyed between December 2009 and the end of 2010.

  • grubbanax

    What? Not ONE church??! or anything from Africa..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=524918397 Angel Singer

    Great list, and I enjoyed it. I’d like to add one from my town: the Portland Shanghai Tunnels. These tunnels under the streets of Old Town/Chinatown Portland have served a number of purposes: illegal booze during Prohibition, brothels and opium dens among them. But it’s their name that really tells you the story: in the 19th century, men would be drugged, dropped down through trapdoors & sold into white slavery on ships to Shanghai. You can take tours today & it’s very creepy.

    Does anyone know if the London Debtor’s Prison Museum is still open (unsure of its exact name)? I saw a program on it years ago & heard that the newly-gentrified neighborhood was trying to get it shut down.