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This is a comprehensive guide to travel to 'dark-tourism' destinations worldwide.
Covering nearly 900 individual places in 110 different countries.
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.
If you're looking for anything specific, any particular place name or key word, then you can also 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
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: 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.
But NOT on Twitter!