52 Breathtaking Images of Forbidden Places

52 Breathtaking Images of Forbidden Places

Urban exploration (often shortened as urbex or UE) is the examination of the normally unseen or off-limits parts of urban areas or industrial facilities. Urban exploration is also commonly referred to as infiltration, although some people consider infiltration to be more closely associated with the exploration of active or inhabited sites. It may also be referred to as draining (when exploring drains) urban spelunking, urban rock climbing, urban caving, or building hacking.

The nature of this activity presents various risks, including both physical danger and the possibility of arrest and punishment. Many, but not all, of the activities associated with urban exploration could violate local or regional laws and certain broadly-interpreted anti-terrorism laws or be considered trespassing or invasion of privacy.

Below are 40 breathtaking images of forbidden places and urban exploration. Hopefully these will inspire you to try it!






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Chernobyl Timm Suess Lenin Square



















Ryan is an avid bucket lister. Travel, photography, blogging and adventure are some of his hobbies. He once went on a trip to Spain and was robbed of all his stuff except his clothes. No money, no insurance, no identification and no way to contact family and friends from back home. Did he end his trip? No way! He ended up running with the bulls in Pamplona the very next day.
  • Eric

    This is so amazing. it truly makes me want to travel with you guys and make music in some of these amazing places with my band mates.

  • jvbram1953

    Fantastic. But please tell us what we are seeing. Eg Berlin Olympic Site

    • Sara

      The point with/in urban exploration, is that you don’t mention the places you discovered.

  • Travis

    Rad. You should photograph the old LA Zoo

  • doirin

    I’m annoyed I don’t know what they are! No inspiration!

  • Great pictures and showing the megalomania of people with the result of their Babylonian act.

  • eileenr12

    Love the photos. I too would love a caption saying where these were taken though. Great photography!

  • william brown

    Official House of the Bulgarian Communist Party, nice shot of that one.. And of course the complete aftermath of Chernobyl, as far as i know, no one is really allowed to go there due to radioactive chemical due to the disaster that happened, but feel free to correct me if i am wrong visiting this silent place in Ukraine. The only 2 from all the photo’s here that i know of, i do not know the rest