€£$
по-русскиen Español (pronto)
enter
1159places to visit
in the world
62places to visit
in Ukraine
28places to visit
in Chernobyl

Pripyatin Chernobyl, Ukraine

#1of 28 places to visitin Chernobyl

Adventure Rating in Chernobyl

TOP-14 adventure's step-by-step
recipes & lifehacks
How to feed giant catfish in ChernobylHow to see the giant secret station Duga-radar in ChernobylHow to see animals living in the ghost town in ChernobylHow to climb to the secret station Duga radar in ChernobylHow to climb up the the roof of 16-story building in ChernobylHow to climb onto the abandoned port crane in ChernobylHow to see ghost houses in the exclusion zone in Chernobyl
14 things to doin Chernobyl

Take local guide

You can visit this place in one of our tours.Choose
A dead and long-neglected ghost town is widely known throughout the world after the tragedy that occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
Pripyat, Chernobyl
When you look at photos of an empty ghost town, it's hard to believe that life was once boiling here. New sixteen-story buildings were being built, a modern hospital complex was working daily, a new amusement park was about to open, and smiling children ran along the school corridors. In one tragic day, the life of the inhabitants of Pripyat was divided on before and after the Chernobyl disaster. And this one day cut off lives of thousands of people.

The city Pripyat before the accident at the Chernobyl NPP
Photo: The city Pripyat before the accident at the Chernobyl NPP

The youngest city in the USSR, Pripyat, was only two kilometers from Chernobyl and took the biggest impact. To save people they were literally taken from the streets away from the place of the catastrophe without money and documents, children were taken from the kindergartens and schools not by happy parents, but by rescuers. In this whole mess, often it took several days to find their loved ones, and then for years to restore their documents.

Pripyat
Photo: Pripyat, © Wiltsguy @flickr

School in Pripyat
Photo: School in Pripyat, © Jennifer Boyer

Residents were not allowed to take away pets (they stayed around the city or were shot to prevent the spread of radiation). It was impossible to take things from the apartments, and the clothes were burned after the evacuation. Therefore, although the dead city was plundered by marauders and stalkers, it is still possible to see abandoned apartments in which Soviet furniture remained, and communist posters and paintings hang on the shabby walls.

abandoned

Pripyat
Photo: Pripyat, © Jaroslav Popelka
 
Now the abandoned city of Pripyat looks like a shot from a horror film. Wild animals roam on once picturesque wide streets, the houses are almost destroyed, and trees have grown on their roofs. Once a modern medical unit turned into a horror house with broken windows, walls with peeling paint and droppers and medicines lying on the floor. Toys blackened by age are scattered throughout the school. Carousels and attractions in the amusement park turned into heaps of scrap metal. And only the huge Ferris wheel which never worked, reminds of the existence of the amusement park. It became a symbol of a dead ghost town Pripyat and the whole Chernobyl disaster.

Somewhere in Pripyat
Photo: Somewhere in Pripyat, © Michael Kötter

pripyat
Photo: © Jaroslav Popelka

Things to do here 8

#2See the giant secret station Duga-radar in ChernobylSee the giant secret station Duga-radarНиколай Щепетов

The world's largest abandoned radar station is must-see in Chernobyl.

FREE
#3See animals living in the ghost town in ChernobylSee animals living in the ghost townoddviser

Have you ever seen wild animals walking free through the city? Come to Pripyat, where this situation is quite normal.

FREE
#4Climb to the secret station Duga radar in ChernobylClimb to the secret station Duga radarAlex Like

Secret station Duga-radar every year beckons daredevils wishing to climb to its top.

FREE
#5Climb up the the roof of 16-story building in ChernobylClimb up the the roof of 16-story buildingLIFEisGOOD

From one of the highest Pripyat building's top you can see all the ghost-city.

FREE
#7See pictures of "Hiroshima shadows" in ChernobylSee pictures of "Hiroshima shadows"Eugene 2K

On the walls of buildings in Pripyat you can see the famous street art.

FREE
#10Walk around the ghost town in ChernobylWalk around the ghost townДарья Слепакова

Magnificent, melancholic, mutilated by nature and overgrown with greenery, a gloomy ghost town Pripyat, that's the place definitely worth a stroll!

FREE
#12Take a selfie in an amusement park in ChernobylTake a selfie in an amusement parkEugene 2K

This amusement park in gost town was fated to turn into ruins and never hear the sounds of joyful children's laught.

FREE
#13Play the abandoned piano in ChernobylPlay the abandoned pianoAjax

The pianos and grand pianos are kind of a visit card of the city. They can be found in the left houses, but the best ones are in the abandoned Music School.

FREE
Know more things to do?Guest

Share your ideas of what to do in Chernobyl with other travellers — together we'll make our travellings more interesting!

Pripyat on the map

Tours & excursions 5

#1One-day tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from KievOne-day tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from Kiev

1 day. 10 mind-blowing locations. 100 abandoned buildings. 1000 photos. Book to get mind-blowing emotions!

UAH 1053+/person
#4Two-days tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from KievTwo-days tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from Kiev

You will visit the ghost city and feel the whole horror of the tragedy at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

UAH 2222+/person
#5Cruise on the ship to Chernobyl and PripyatCruise on the ship to Chernobyl and Pripyat

Get a sea of thrills from a boat trip to the lost world of a dead city.

UAH 335000/tour
#2One-day private tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from KievOne-day private tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from Kiev

One day in the Exclusion Zone and you will learn everything about this desolate tragical place.

UAH 1794+/person
#3Urgent one-day tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from KievUrgent one-day tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from Kiev

The most horrifying post apocalyptic picture of Chernobyl and Pripyat in one day

UAH 3999+/person

Reviews

Guest23 July 2018

More places to visit in Chernobyl

#16Palace of Culture Energetik in ChernobylPalace of Culture Energetik

In the Energrtik cultural palace the concerts, parties and sport events were spent. Recently, a sign was again lit up on this building in Pripyat.

#9Azure Swimming Pool in ChernobylAzure Swimming Pool

Before the catastrophe, Azure Swimming Pool was a very beautiful place. Here the townspeople and visitors of the city came to swim and relax.

#3Abandoned cargo port in ChernobylAbandoned cargo port

In an old godforsaken quiet pier, on the sandy bank of the river, only a few rusty old port cranes remind that there was once a new cargo port.

#23KGB building in ChernobylKGB building

Shortly before the Chernobyl disaster, here, in Pripyat, located in a couple kilometers from the power plant, the construction of the KGB building began.

#25Pripyat Sign in ChernobylPripyat Sign

At the entrance to Pripyat the impressive size sign with the name of the city is located. It looks like the monument, but for USSR it was too normal.

#4Cooling Pond Channel in ChernobylCooling Pond Channel

An artificial reservoir built to cool the reactors of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is the habitat of the giant catfish.

#13New Sarcophagus in ChernobylNew Sarcophagus

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant's fourth reactor is now saftly isolated by New Safe Confinement, covering the first sarcophagus - Shelter Object.

#15Canteen #19 in ChernobylCanteen #19

At the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant canteen comes station staf and separate groups of tourists and travelers.

#27Morgue of MSCh-126 in ChernobylMorgue of MSCh-126

Morgue is located near by the Hospital MSCh-126. This is one of the most creepy and frightening places in the ghost town of Pripyat.

#26The Red Forrest in ChernobylThe Red Forrest

Trees in the forest became frighteningly red and their radioactive glow could be seen in the night, because of the radioactive substances ejection into the atmosphere.

#24Fire Station in ChernobylFire Station

The fire brigade left from here to eliminate the Chernobyl disaster in April, 26 1986. All ten members of that brigade died from radiation.

#6USSR 16-story building in ChernobylUSSR 16-story building

One of the few sixteen-story buildings built in Pripyat. if you rise up here, you can see the city as on the palm of your hand.

Photo credit © Rob Spencer