Mysteries of the Abandoned

The BEST episodes of Mysteries of the Abandoned

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

They were once some of the most advanced structures and facilities on the planet, standing at the cutting-edge of design and construction. Today they are abandoned, dangerous, some of them even deadly. From uninhabited cities to empty factories, these long-forgotten engineering marvels are scattered around the globe. Science Channel uncovers why some of the world's most advanced architectural achievements were eventually left behind in the all-new series Mysteries of the Abandoned.

Last Updated: 5/23/2022Network: Discovery+
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American Atlantis
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8.20
44 votes

#1 - American Atlantis

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/10/2019

An abandoned town in the Nevada desert are the ruins of an American Atlantis, destroyed by catastrophic floods when the Hoover Dam was built. Stories: 1) SS Bakery, Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg; Germany; 2) St. Thomas, Nevada, USA; 3) The Northern Forts, Liepaja, Latvia; 4) Makhonjwa Mountains, Southern Africa

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Hitler's Nightmare Palace
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8.14
22 votes

#2 - Hitler's Nightmare Palace

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/1/2021

The ruins of a dreamlike Polish palace hide an astonishingly dark history that's shrouded in mystery to this day; experts investigate and uncover an ornate gothic structure that concealed a nightmare of Nazi experimentation.

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Kingdom of the Vanished
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8.00
38 votes

#3 - Kingdom of the Vanished

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/24/2019

A mysterious town in South Africa is deserted, even though it was once a booming community; experts reveal the cataclysm that caused the people of this once-prosperous town to suddenly leave and never come back. Stories: 1) Podborsko Nuclear Bunker, Poland; 2) Willamette Falls Industrial Site, Oregon City, USA; 3) Pilgrim's Rest Ghost Town, South Africa; 4) Chard Canal, Somerset, England, UK

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Ruins of the Rust Belt
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8.00
21 votes

#4 - Ruins of the Rust Belt

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/4/2021

A complex of tall, windowless buildings in the American Rust Belt hold the secrets to a lost empire of industry and wealth; experts investigate these mysterious structures to reveal why this once powerful metropolis is now home to abandoned ruins.

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Hollywood vs. Nazis
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8.00
24 votes

#5 - Hollywood vs. Nazis

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/24/2021

A war-torn Italian ghost town immortalized by a legendary Hollywood director blurs the lines between fiction and reality; experts investigate and uncover a forgotten landscape of ruins captured in a WWII documentary.

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Russian Mafia Resort
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8.00
13 votes

#6 - Russian Mafia Resort

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired 7/15/2021

A derelict beachside resort along the Black Sea is constructed upon deception and deep connections to the criminal underworld; experts investigate and uncover dark secrets behind a sprawling holiday complex constructed by the Russian mafia.

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Jungle of the Damned
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7.96
45 votes

#7 - Jungle of the Damned

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/3/2019

At an infamous prison in the Amazon, the most dangerous criminals on earth faced hard labor, a hostile environment, and death by guillotine; today, it's deserted, and new discoveries reveal why this compound was built and why it was abandoned.

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Conspiracy on Devil's Mountain
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7.90
42 votes

#8 - Conspiracy on Devil's Mountain

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/17/2018

A secret structure on a sinister mountain, an industrial compound swallowed by a forest, and a mysterious run in a sand dune are strange deserted engineering projects. Stories: 1) Tuefelsberg Listening Station, Berlin, Germany; 2) Phoenix Shot Tower, Baltimore, USA; 3) Politz Synthetic Oil Refinery, Police, Poland; 4) Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse, Jutland, Denmark

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World's Strangest Ghost Towns
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7.90
42 votes

#9 - World's Strangest Ghost Towns

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/4/2019

The world's strangest ghost towns are home to dark secrets, creepy buildings, and eerie sights, and new discoveries reveal why they were abandoned.

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The Devil's Prison
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7.89
28 votes

#10 - The Devil's Prison

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/14/2019

A prison with a terrifying past once housed America's most notorious criminals, the fortress stands in ruin, and experts reveal evidence of ghostly secrets hidden in the crumbling jailhouse walls. Stories: 1) West Virginia Penitentiary, USA; 2) National School of Art, Havana, Cuba; 3) The Quarries of Montigny, Oise, France; 4) Chatterley Whitfield Colliery, North Staffordshire, UK

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Amazon Ghost Town
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7.87
46 votes

#11 - Amazon Ghost Town

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/1/2018

An American ghost town in the Amazon jungle, a secret Nazi base, and a deadly concrete fortress 866 miles long are mysterious deserted engineering projects. Stories: 1) Fordlandia, Para, Brazil; 2) Inner German Border, Hotensleben, Germany; 3) Mauerwald, Mamerki, Poland; 4) Pente D'eau, Montech, France

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Hidden Hell of Angel Island
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7.85
13 votes

#12 - Hidden Hell of Angel Island

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/28/2022

A cluster of military defensive structures among a quaint holiday village lie deserted on a San Francisco Bay island; experts investigate and uncover a mysterious Civil War outpost that conceals a dark and hellish history...

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Nightmare on Blood Mountain
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7.83
41 votes

#13 - Nightmare on Blood Mountain

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/9/2018

A ghost ship thousands of miles away from where anyone expected, a bridge to nowhere in Florida's Hurricane Alley, and a haunting mountain complex with a bloody secret are deserted engineering projects; new discoveries reveal why they were abandoned.

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American Ghost Park
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7.83
23 votes

#14 - American Ghost Park

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/10/2020

Deep in the wilderness of the American south, a long-abandoned amusement park is home to secrets of a forgotten, imaginary world; when experts investigate, they reveal why this bizarre place was built and what caused its downfall. Stories: 1) Dogpatch USA, Marble Falls, Arkansas, USA; 2) Drakelow Tunnels, Kidderminster, England, UK; 3) Nimrod Fortress, Golan Heights; 4) Spaç Prison, Spaç, Albania

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Doomsday at Dragon's Teeth
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7.80
45 votes

#15 - Doomsday at Dragon's Teeth

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/2/2018

Eerie ghost ships stranded in an alien desert, sinister ruins known as the Dragon's Teeth, and a ghostly complex with a bloody past are deserted engineering projects, and new discoveries reveal how they were built and why they were abandoned.

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Into the Murder Labyrinth
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7.80
25 votes

#16 - Into the Murder Labyrinth

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 12/3/2020

An underground labyrinth once used by a secret police force could warp the mind and turn friend into foe. Stories: 1) Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky, USA; 2) Porto Flavia, Masua, Sardinia, Italy; 3) Odessa Catacombs, Odessa, Ukraine; 4) Hario Wireless Telegraph Station, Sasebo, Japan

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Tower of Death
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7.79
42 votes

#17 - Tower of Death

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/16/2018

An alien Nazi structure that changed history, a strange Soviet monolith known as the Tower of Death, and a concrete ocean giant are deserted engineering projects. Stories: 1) Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France; 2) "Oddball", Yorkshire, England; 3) Fort Drum, Manila Bay, Philippines; 4) Yekaterinburg Television Tower, Yekaterinburg, Russia

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Soviet Doomsday Device
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7.78
92 votes

#18 - Soviet Doomsday Device

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/11/2017

Abandoned engineering projects include a strange tower that left an enduring legacy in Russia; a top-secret Nazi facility in Peenemunde, Germany; the Marx generator in Istra, Russia; the Mam Tor road in The United Kingdom; an abandoned road in Cape Town, South Africa

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Nazi Death Star
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7.78
40 votes

#19 - Nazi Death Star

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/27/2018

A Nazi fortress that could have changed history if it was finished, an underwater graveyard of unexpected American treasures, and a network of tunnels hiding a secret history of New York. Stories: 1) La Coupole, Pas De Calais, France; 2) Red Army HQ, Wünsdorf, Germany; 3) SS Empire Heritage, Malin Head, Ireland; 4) Old Croton Aqueduct, New York State, USA

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Journey to Outcast Island
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7.77
31 votes

#20 - Journey to Outcast Island

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/31/2019

On a desolate island near Greece, abandoned buildings are evidence of a group of people that were forbidden to leave; experts reveal who was forced to stay here and if there was a cover-up to conceal what really happened at this strange place. Stories: 1) Isle of Portland, UK; 2) Pratt Cotton Gin Factory, Alabama, USA; 3) Spinalonga Leper Colony, Crete, Greece

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Fortress of Nuclear Secrets
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7.77
26 votes

#21 - Fortress of Nuclear Secrets

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/3/2021

Long, dome-like structures camouflaged by a rural landscape conceal the remains of concrete vaults with a hidden history; experts investigate and uncover state-of-the-art bunkers built to conceal and protect a deadly nuclear secret.

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Wild West Apocalypse
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7.76
143 votes

#22 - Wild West Apocalypse

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/4/2017

Stories of incredible engineering projects that are now deserted. Stories: 1) Launch Complex 33, White Sands, New Mexico, USA; 2) Zeljava Air Base, Croatia; 3) Kelenföld Power Plant, Budapest, Hungary; 4) Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, Scotland, UK

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Ruins of Disaster Park
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7.75
24 votes

#23 - Ruins of Disaster Park

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/27/2021

A collection of ramshackle structures with a mystical facade lie mysteriously deserted on the tropical island of Bali; experts investigate and uncover the ruins of a bizarre amusement park complex with a disastrous past.

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The Beached Leviathan
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7.75
24 votes

#24 - The Beached Leviathan

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/9/2022

An enormous war machine lies stranded in a coastal grave along the beaches of Dagestan, Russia; experts investigate and uncover the ruins of an experimental Soviet ground-effect vehicle designed to strike fear in Western governments during the Cold War.

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Sea Fortress of Doom
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7.74
43 votes

#25 - Sea Fortress of Doom

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/8/2018

A terrifying sea fortress, a highway in the Amazon that suddenly vanishes, and a mysterious structure in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty are deserted engineering projects; discoveries reveal how they were built and why they were abandoned. Stories: 1) Petrobras Viaduct, São Sebastião, Brazil; 2) Patarei Prison, Tallinn, Estonia; 3) Ellis Island, New York Bay, USA; 4) Ouvrage Restefond, Col de la Bonnette, France

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