Around the globe, there are numerous decommissioned nuclear power plants. In the case of this plant that never opened along the German-Dutch border, it’s now home to an amusement park that includes a vertical swing ride inside of its cooling tower. A scenic mural on its outside helps it blend into its surroundings.
THE BEST Abandoned
With the help of Tac Gas, drone pilot NURK FPV had the rare opportunity to visit an abandoned gas and oil platform. There, he zigged and zagged his aerial camera through the rusted out facility, capturing some fascinating and truly unique visuals. The over-water footage had us hanging on for dear life.
Most of the time a movie production films on location, they try to return it to the way they found it. But once in a while they just up and leave their set pieces behind, like at this surreal location in Iceland, where Mobile Instinct visited an “ancient” village was built for a movie back in 2009 or so.
Explorer Legend of Micah takes a trip to one of the creepier locations we’ve seen in a while – an abandoned Wild West theme park in Japan. The place is littered with relics of a fake western town, an old 1980s arcade, and even has a disturbing animatronic cowboy, straight out of the original Westworld.
Sudbury, Canada’s Old St. Joseph’s Hospital has been dormant for more than a decade, and may eventually be demolished. But before its bricks hits the ground, West Coast graffiti artist Kelly “RISK” Graval and a team of artists splashed the exterior of the 74,000 sq.ft. building into a bright and colorful work of abstract street art.
Urban explorers The Proper People, Broken Window Theory, and Tobi Urbex take us deep inside a defunct textile factory in Italy. Along the way, they encountered all manner of items just left to rot, from countless vintage computers, to company records, to numerous articles of clothing… and huge mounds of pigeon droppings.
(PG-13: Language) Renegade explorer shiey and his pals snuck their way into an abandoned factory somewhere in Eastern Europe, where they came across a big old industrial overhead crane. To their surprise, the machine wasn’t just connected to power, but it still works.
Get a unique perspective on a rusted out shipwreck, as a kayaker takes us on a slow float through the submerged innards of the Evangelia Shipwreck, which rests on Romania’s Black Sea coast. It’s surprisingly relaxing, but we can only imagine how creepy it would be in the dark.
One of the most unusual examples of ruin porn has to be this 1/3rd scale model of Russia’s VKK Space Orbiter, which was used for wind tunnel testing in the ’80s. Aleksander Markin captured some amazing photos of the crumbling model, which has since been dismantled.