- Most towns were abandoned because of war, natural disaster or migration
- However, a few of the towns have never had any residents at all
- Many are however popular with tourists fascinated by the eeriness and histories
Whether abandoned due to economic migration, fled from during war or rejected as a result of poor planning, towns with no inhabitants always boast an extraordinary history.
While no one wants to live there, many tourists seem to love a ghost town, where the eeriness emptiness is all part of the appeal.
Detailing the Austrian village where Hitler’s grandmother was buried to decaying Russian houses that have been empty since the country’s revolution in 1917, a handy infographic by Citybase Apartments explores 15 of the most extraordinary ghost towns in the world.
Ghost towns come about as a result of war, natural disaster, poor planning or economic migration
The town of Kolmanskop in Namibia might be desolate and deserted these days, but back in the early 20th century it was full of life, having just been built following the discovery of diamonds by a German worker in the area.
The town boasted a casino, ballroom and ice factory, as well as more usual amenities, but once a richer source of diamonds was discovered elsewhere, Kolmanskop was abandoned forever.
Varosha was once one of the most chic beach resorts in Cyprus with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Brigette Bardot among its visitors.
Now it is deserted, frozen in time from 1974 when the Turks invaded Cyprus, forcing Varosha’s residents to flee, never to return.
From abandoned mining towns in America to the resting place of Adolf Hitler’s grandmother, empty towns each have their own rich histories, this infographic from Citybase Apartments reveals
One of the strangest empty towns is surely Tianducheng, or Little Paris, in China.
As the name suggests, this area is a replica of the French capital, complete with an Eiffel Tower.
While the endeavor is impressive, only 2,000 people wanted to live there, despite there being space for some 100,000.
Similarly, Kilamba New City in Angola was built 18 miles from Luanda, with the hope that it would house some 200,000 people. However, the properties were too expensive and would-be residents failed to get a mortgage, leaving swathes of empty houses.
Abandoned towns, from anthropological endeavors gone wrong to monuments of massacre, might be empty of people but each has a story to tell
Only in the past few years have the city’s house prices dropped, allowing the area to become a community.
The village of Pegrema on the banks of Lake Onega in Russia has been abandoned since the Russian Revolution in 1917. The wooden houses typical of the region are now decaying.
Meanwhile Copehill Down in Wiltshire was built in 1988 to look exactly like a German village in Bavaria. It has never been inhabited, instead it is used as a Ministry of Defence training facility.
Over in Austria, the infographic reveals, the village of Döllersheim lies in ruins. Hitler had instructed residents to leave in 1938, so it could become a training ground, despite being the place his own grandmother was buried in.
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online