The Liliputians Lived There. A Story about a Tiny Decaying Village [Czech Republic]

I didn’t expect much from this place, but finally I ended up visiting it 3 times in one week. A decaying model of the village situated in the ‘real’ village in the Czech Republic was something that I had never seen before. Due to their small size, the houses would be suitable only for the Liliputians and it was enough to make a few steps in order to move from one side of the settlement to another. Nevertheless the buildings had so many details and taken all together created such an incredible place that I spent hours exploring it.

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Viivikonna, an Almost Abandoned Village [Estonia]

Viivikonna is one of the most famous abandoned places in Estonia. Once a mining town with a population over a couple of thousand people, today it’s a decaying village full of abandoned buildings and ruins surrounding its empty streets.

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Płazów [Poland]

Płazów is situated within Subcarpatian Voivodeship in south-eastern Poland.
In XVII-XVIII century it was a town and, despite never getting significant meaning, it still was vibrant local craft and trade centre. Płazów lost its town privilegies at the end of XVIII century and today it’s a village with population of 480 inhabitants.
If by some reason you come to Płazów, it’s worth to have a look on an abandoned Orthodox church here as well as another, Catholic church, which is still in use and cemetery or just have a walk on the streets of the village where still you can see some old houses.

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Lanckorona [Poland]

Lanckorona is a village located 30 kilometres south-west of Kraków in Lesser Poland. It lies on the Skawinka river, among the hills of the Beskids. It is known for the Lanckorona Castle, today in ruins. Apart from the castle, you can also find there well preserved 19th century wooden houses, situated in the centre of the village, which, as well as a beautiful view on the area around from there, makes Lanckorona worth to see place.

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Żukowice, a Semi-abandoned Village [Poland]

Żukowice is a small village in Lower Silesia (Poland). Once the village was quite big (in 1973 it had 1060 inhabitants, there was a school, library, cinema here) but it became almost abandoned until 1995, as a copper smelter had been built there and the environment became too polluted to live. Now the village has only a little bit more than 30 inhabitants and some abandoned buildings reminding about its good times.

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Lindiniškės [Lithuania]

Lindiniškės is a small village around 10 kilometres from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Passing through this place you can find some old wooden houses and gardens nearby. The village is surrounded by forests and fields which make this place very calm and a bit remote.

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Bukiškis [Lithuania]

Bukiškis is a village around 10 kilometres from the capital of Lithuania Vilnius. There is an agricultural school, church, old farmstead and a few grocery stores in this village. There is also a huge lake in Bukiškis—probably the most impressive place there.

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Jaśliska, or in the Middle of Nowhere [Poland]

Sometimes it’s enough just to watch a movie to feel that the place which you saw there is the one where you simply have to go. That’s what can happen to you after seeing ‘Strawberry Wine’ which shows a magic life of a small village in Southeastern Poland.

The most amazing thing about Jaśliska, the village where the movie was shot, is that it’s so remote from everything and seems that the life here stopped long time ago.

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