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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.

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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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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!

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#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.

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#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.

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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

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More places to visit in Chernobyl

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#12Buryakovka machinery graveyard in ChernobylBuryakovka machinery graveyard

By the influence of time and weather, the surfaces of objects at the cemetery became rusty, look gloomy and sad.

#18Lenin monument in ChernobylLenin monument

The monument in honour of the first Union of Soviet Socialist Republics leader is still located in the deserted dismal Chernobyl city.

#14NPP observation deck in ChernobylNPP observation deck

You can see the sarcophagus, which is covering the fourth reactor, and the other parts of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant right from here.

#5Exclusion Zone in ChernobylExclusion Zone

The most contaminated with radiation area around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was named a 30-kilometer exclusion zone.

#22Monument to the Chernobyl Liquidators in ChernobylMonument to the Chernobyl Liquidators

The memorial set up by the 10th anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster. Inscription says "To Those Who Saved the World".

#11Amusement park in ChernobylAmusement park

An amazingly tempting and simultaneously frightening place, which has become popular thank to many games and movies - is truly worthy of its reputation.

#21Jupiter factory in ChernobylJupiter factory

In Soviet Union times Jupiter factory was a strictly secret facility. Officially it produced rollers rof tape mechanisms for common tape recorders.

Photo credit © Rob Spencer