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This is a comprehensive guide to travel to 'dark-tourism' destinations worldwide.
Covering over a thousand individual dark places in 116 different countries.
UPDATE, May 2023: as I had feared, Putin’s war against Ukraine
has become somewhat “normalized” in the Western media. It is still far from “normalized” in Ukraine itself, of course, but the Western media have “moved on”, and the topic of the war is moving lower and lower below newer, more current headlines and stories. Yet the death and destruction in Ukraine carries on and there doesn’t seem to be any diplomatic solution anywhere in sight. It’s a war of attrition, as many people who know more about these things than me predicted early on in the conflict. Sadly, they seem to be right.
From this website’s perspective the fact remains that several of its chapters, esp. for Ukraine, are currently no longer relevant for travellers – and I put little updates at the top of those pages and made a few edits, also for Russia
; but otherwise I decided to let them stand as written, for the time being at least. Likewise, several of the chapters in my book Atlas of Dark Destinations
are similarly outdated now. I’ve made a few changes for a second print run, but they’re fairly minimal. If there’s ever to be a second edition, more substantial changes would have to be made.
This site aims to promote (and also "rehabilitate") dark tourism (DT). There has been some negative reporting in the media about DT, often on the basis of an ill understood concept of DT and/or together with bad examples that are not really representative of dark tourism.
So PLEASE note
from the start: dark tourism, as understood on this site, does NOT include anything voyeuristic (like 'slum tourism'), NOR does it include 'war tourism' (travel to current war zones) or other 'danger tourism', NOR 'ghost hunts' or anything 'paranormal', NOR battle re-enactments ... See beyond DT
It furthermore distances itself from disrespectful tourist bahaviour such as selfie-taking at sites of tragedy (see also ethical issues
What IS endorsed here is respectful and enlightened touristic engagement with contemporary history, and its dark sites/sides, in a sober, educational and non-sensationalist manner.
There is also a nascent FAQ
If you're from the MEDIA
and not fully familiar with the term dark tourism you may want to start there. Also check out the separate page giving a more elaborate answer to the question "is dark tourism something bad, sick or morally wrong?
" (short answer: it is not!).
If you are intrigued or already consider yourself a dark tourist and want to know what dark places there are to visit in the world, and would like to get targeted information about such places, then go straight to the dark destinations
section, which covers the practical
side of dark tourism and forms the core
of this website. The alphabetical list on the left takes you straight to the various countries covered
If you're looking for anything specific, any particular place name or key word, then use the search box in the top right corner above; you can also try to go via the index
. In addition there is a glossary
providing more background info and terminological explanations.
In the general dark tourism
section there's also more about the academic concept of dark tourism
, how dark tourism relates to other forms of tourism, what types and categories of dark tourism
there are and where its limits
lie. Furthermore various lists
of the best of the best, the darkest, the most popular, the most exotic, etc., etc., are offered as well.
" at the top of each page of this website is further explained here
A general note on the photos
used on this website is to be found here
NOTE: all texts, images, etc. on this site are COPYRIGHTED – i.e. DO NOT
STEAL any of them, that is: do not copy anything without my prior (written) permission!!! (See the explicit legal notes in the disclaimer
and cf. imprint
If you like what you're reading and seeing, then do feel free to tell others about this site – in fact, I urge you to spread the word
!!! I'm dependent on it (see about
: if you spot any errors, or stylistic glitches, or things you find fault with for whatever reason and would like to have it put right, then use the contact
details provided. Even the pointing out of the smallest typo will be gratefully received and responded to.
UPDATE: Facebook has from one day to the next purged
me and deleted the Dark-Tourism page I had curated on that platform for nearly five years. It's all gone and I've lost contact to the over 3000 followers I had. Now it's as if I'd never existed. No real explanations were ever given nor did any means of appeal work. See the full story here
BUT: the good news
is that I've meanwhile set up an all new DT Blog
of my own, on my own Web domain, out of reach of the ruthless FB censors. Please take a look and subscribe
to the Newsletter
The other good news is that I've been able to recreate most of the content of that purged DT page on FB in archive form
here on this website, i.e. also on my own domain and hence out of reach of any social media Gestapo - that way you can also judge for yourself if that content was really deserving of the maximum digital death penalty without trial (I trust you will see that it was not).
Note also that DT is not on Twitter or Instagram either (and never has been)!