Deserted banqueting halls and empty ballrooms are just some of the once-majestic rooms photographed by an urban explorer who has visited more than 100 abandoned hotels.

Thomas Windisch’s intriguing photos reveal a forgotten world behind no entry signs – now dilapidated buildings engulfed in swathes of dust and moss, or broken glass.

“I just stood there for several minutes and was like ‘Wow, this is amazing,” the 32-year-old Austrian, who has travelled 12,000 miles while exploring what were once Europe’s finest hotels, said.

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“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.”

Windisch believes some of the buildings he has visited have been lying empty for more than two decades.

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