Pripyat Today

Pripyat is main destination of the majority of visitors who come to Chernobyl and all the tours – group and private, one day and multiday – visit the ghost town of Pripyat. Chernobyl and Pripyat in Ukraine are usually confused: the power plant was named after the first one; however, the second one was the closest settlement, and meaning of Pripyat is related to the river which is located close to.  

City of Pripyat – Model Soviet City

Prypiat Heraldic Sixteen-Story Building

Construction of the town started almost together with the construction of the power plant. 4th of February 1970 is considered to be birthday of this place. It was indented to have the city not only for the workers of the power plant, but also to create powerful transport know there. Later, Pripyat had bus station with 14 directions, river port and train station Yaniv.

 In 1979, Pripyat received status of city. In 1985, 47,000 people of more than 25 different nationalities lived there. Among them, there were 15,400 kids. The city was young not only because it had only 16 years when the accident happened, but also because the average age of its inhabitants was only 27 years. Before the 1986, it had 5 schools, 15 kindergartens, 8 colleges, 25 shops, 10 sport halls, 2 stadiums, amusement park with iconic Ferris wheel and many other facilities to guarantee people’s comfort.

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Chernobyl Accident and Pripyat

It is known that there are workers living in Chernobyl town. So, many visitors wonder: do people live in Pripyat? As long as this city was closest to the power plant, its inhabitants were the first ones to be evacuated. The population left the city on 27th of April. Authorities told that the evacuation would be temporary: just for three day. However, no one was allowed to return there not only after three days, but neither after thirty three years.

When it became clear that the city would remain uninhabitable forever, people were allowed to come there and pick up some of their belongings. They couldn’t take anything massive like furniture, carpets, pianos, fur coats and so on. Electronic equipment was forbidden to take because it could absorb particles. Later, special squads had to check every flat and to empty it: the majority of the stuff was buried under the ground close to the city. Today, apartments are deserted and owned by no one.

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Visiting Pripyat City

Each visitor is able to explore this place. However, the locations seen during the tour depend on the time spent in the zone. You can come there just for an hour and visit the most iconic places, but also can easily spend a couple of days.

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Definitely, each tour includes the main square of the city. There you will see Pripyat hotel “Polissya”, city hall, The White House, palace of culture “Energetic” and a supermarket. After this, you’ll go to the amusement park. Rusty Ferris wheel and bumpy cars have been waiting for the official opening since the day of the accident: the ceremony was planned for the 1st of May 1986. As the stadium is located right behind the park, you are able to visit it as well. If the time allows it, you can also see one of Pripyat kindergartens and the river port with its beautiful riverside café. 

Private and multiple day tours allow exploring much more. Various locations might be added to the ones mentioned above: post office, hospitals (both central and kid’s one), any of secondary schools, Jupiter factory, cinema “Prometheus” and music school and others. Anyways, no matter which type of tour you choose, you will be impressed by post-apocalyptic landscape and the story of the city and its inhabitants.

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The one-day trip gives you the opportunity to immerse into the exact same area where the most dreadful disaster took place. The radiation background is still excessively high in some places, but we offer you a safe route through this dire Zone, together with necessary protection equipment.

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The two-day trip to the Chernobyl Zone opens for you the door to this unique place. In this short time, you will get not only the tour around Chernobyl nuclear power plant and Pripyat town, but also the exclusive experience to spend the night in an empty town. This is definitely the deepest dive into the history of the drastic disaster.

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The three-day program includes a huge amount of sites to visit. Professional guides will explain the reasons and chronology of events that were happening during the most dreadful nuclear disaster in the world’s history. The real-based stories told by the guide will give you the shivers, so tragic they are. You will relieve the events of that dreadful night of explosion together with the ex-residents of Pripyat town.

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This four-day trip makes it easier for you to get permission to enter the Extinction Zone, because we take care of official confirmations. Besides, we provide you will all the necessary protection. It is vital while traveling these, since the complete decay of the last radioactive element in the contaminated areas (plutonium-239) to the state of natural material will occur in 26486, or 24,500 years after the explosion.

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Nothing is better than planning a five-day trip to the Chernobyl Zone! We offer you the opportunity to learn the most important facts about the night of the tragedy, alongside fascinating myths and legends about the place. Following the stories of your guides, you will have the chance to wander around the ghost towns of Chernobyl and Pripyat. Don’t miss out on the occasion to hang around the streets and locations from the world-renowned series!

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This six-day trip to the Chernobyl Zone will open the Zone to you with top-secret information from our guides. During these six days, you will get the opportunity to explore the ghost towns of Pripyat and Chernobyl by yourself and it is not a secret that the Exclusion Zone has a lot of fascinating places.

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Private Chernobyl Tour is the opportunity to communicate with the experienced guide rather than simply listen to his or her story. You can ask questions about precise topics that interest you. Moreover, you can determine how much time you want to be in one location or another, arrange the photoshoot and explore the objects deeper.

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