Eerie series of photographs depicting some of the world’s grandest abandoned hotels

Grand banqueting halls, opulent lobbies and vast ballrooms; you could easily be forgiven for thinking this was a collection of photographs was documenting some of Europe’s grandest hotels.


The inside of a grand abandoned hotel

However, a closer look will reveal the majestic rooms to be engulfed in swathes of dust and moss; hotels that once hosted royals and high society abandoned to the elements.


IT worker Thomas Windisch, from Graz in Austria entered sealed off areas to capture the incredible images

This is the latest result of urban exploration photography, going beyond “no entry” signs to capture images of dilapidated buildings across Europe.

Abandoned Hotels

A once lively bar is now covered in dust with pieces of paper strewn over the floor

IT worker Thomas Windisch, from Graz in Austria, indulged his passion for photography by travelling across the continent, visiting over 100 abandoned hotels along the way.

Abandoned Hotels

Some of the hotels in the amazing series have been desolate for over two decades

Other photographs include a competition swimming pool, complete with viewing gallery and water slide but with not a drop of water in sight.

A ballroom can also been seen scattered with rubble and shattered glass as well as a banqueting hall which doesn’t look to have hosted any banquets or parties for many decades judging by the layer of dust that sweeps across its furniture.

Thomes, 32, says some of the hotels he visited on his 12,000-mile journey of curiosity have been lying empty for over two decades.

He said: “Of course I saw some of the shots on the internet before but when I entered the locations for real, I just stood there for several minutes and was like ‘Wow, this is amazing.

“It’s pretty awesome to see areas of a hotel that are normally not accessible for guests and to understand how a big hotel works in the background.

“And of course, the decay and the reclaiming of these buildings by nature add a bit of a surreal and mystic touch which makes them unique and even more interesting.”