Pripyat day tour - visit of the abandoned city of Chernobyl nuclear disaster

One of the peculiar activities that can only be done in Ukraine, is to go for a one day tour of Pripyat ghost town, the city that used to host the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. About 3 hours drive from Kiev, typically leaving at 8am, with a few hours guided tour, and back to Kiev before the end of the afternoon.

Chernobyl exploded in 1986, and an exclusion has been setup since then. As the nuclear isotopes reached their mid-life, some parts of this zone can now be safely visited, without more effect than taking an intercontinental flight.

The tour is framed by a guide, and knows the places that can be safely visited.

It starts by seeing the Chernobyl entry sign, and seeing in the distance the never completed reactors 5 and 6 with their cooling tower.

Then, entering the city of Pripyat, founded in 1970, and now deserted, the tour can begin in the small town that used to have close to 50 000 residents, that have all been evacuated after the incident.

The main hotel, that was designed to host visitors and scientists, is now slowly decaying like all buildings around – some of them which have still been partially used for some years by wandering people.

In what seems like another life, the remains of the Pripyat amusement park are not making up for a surreal walk, between the bumper cars track, and the iconic 26 meters Ferris wheel. The park, scheduled to be opened on May 1st, 5 days after the catastrophe, has never been used.

Many abandoned buildings can be seen from outside, but one of them worth being visited, the former school. It gives a chilling feeling, as it gives a perfect glimpse on how fast the city has been evacuated, as the classrooms, deserted in a hurry, are showing.

Continuing the tour, more abandoned things, like cars in the street, can be seen left to rot in the open.

Then, approaching the exclusion zone, another relic from the soviet union can be seen, the anti ballistic missile radar Duga.

Leaving the zone, some painted propaganda can still be seen on a wall.

A unique experience, touring the ghost town of Pripyat is both frightening and inspirational, as it was a source of inspiration for a lot of entertainment in popular culture, from video games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, to novels and movies like Chernobyl Diaries.

A Chernobyl national museum dedicated to the accident can also be visited in the center of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital.

Pripyat day tour - visit of the abandoned city of Chernobyl nuclear disaster

Chernobyl entry sign
Chernobyl entry sign
Chernobyl power plant
Chernobyl power plant
Pripyat city entry sign
Pripyat city entry sign
Abandoned building
Abandoned building
Abandoned building
Abandoned building
Largest hotel in town
Largest hotel in town
Lenin quote : study study study !
Lenin quote : study study study !
Open air fair
Open air fair
Abandoned ferris wheel
Abandoned ferris wheel
Abandoned building
Abandoned building
Abandoned building
Abandoned building
Abandoned school building
Abandoned school building
Gas mask left to rot
Gas mask left to rot
School corridor
School corridor
Ephemeris lost page
Ephemeris lost page
Forgotten papers
Forgotten papers
School sport room
School sport room
Abandoned shoe
Abandoned shoe
Chemistry classroom
Chemistry classroom
Chemistry classroom
Chemistry classroom
Classroom
Classroom
Approaching a building
Approaching a building
Building close up
Building close up
Decaying car
Decaying car
Passage prohibited, guarded territory
Passage prohibited, guarded territory
Anti balistic radar system
Anti balistic radar system
Make sure your pass is clear
Make sure your pass is clear
Have you volunteered ? Propaganda painting
Have you volunteered ? Propaganda painting
Abandoned building
Abandoned building

Comments

sdg73, 0 days ago
Wow, incredible story !
Shirley Jackson, 1 days ago
Спасибо, что было полезно
Monica Lindsey, 2 days ago
Así que así es como lo hacemos, es genial saber
Yvonne Woods, 3 days ago
Erstaunlich, jetzt ist es an mir, es zu versuchen!
Marion Myers, 4 days ago
Basit, açık ve iyi açıklanmış, çok teşekkürler
Marcos Tyler, 5 days ago
有一個很好的時間閱讀這些信息,保持良好的工作

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