How To Find Abandoned Places


People ask me often how i find these abandoned urbex locations and other abandoned or lost places. Here is a short how-to that can help you to find your first abandoned location.

How to find urbex locations in 15 minutes

  • Newspapers

    Check your (local) newspaper and search for abandoned places. You be amazed about how many derelict buildings there are in your neighbourhood. Use a translator for foreign newspapers to find some spots close to your vacation spot.

  • Google Search

    Just type in “abandoned places” and search. Also try other languages or other search words like urbex, derelict, decay, etc.

  • Google Maps/Earth

    Just travel the digital world and look for old factory near train tracks or rivers. Look for holes in roofs and switch to street view if available.

  • Urbex map or database

    Some urbex websites have a map. This website for instance. Or here and here. Never buy locations from a website or app, don’t be that person. Explore!

  • Go out!

    The most important step. Explore! Most people just forget to go out and just shoot.

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