The exclusion zone – area near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant – is one of the most popular Ukrainian places to visit by people all over the world. Any adult who has no medical contradictions can order trips to Chernobyl and spend a fantastic time exploring alive pages of historical books.
What can you see during the excursion? Is it worth going to Pripyat? Will you become aware of the secret information about the tragedy? We’ll try to help you find the answers to all these questions.
Find out what is happening near the reactor
In fact, Chernobyl is not a dead city, but working. Those who serve the Chernobyl nuclear power plant live here. Of course, the city is not active, but sometimes you can meet passers-by on the streets, as well as buy water, souvenirs or bread. You can also see two monuments, one of which collected the names of villages affected by radiation, and the second at the fire station – immortalized the honor to the liquidators of the Chernobyl accident, which remind of the tragedy.
The main object of Trips to Chernobyl is the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which is still undergoing work. You will be able to look at the infamous fourth reactor and the Shelter object from several sides. Surprisingly, now it looks completely harmless, and if you come across workstations, you may feel that you are not in the place of a tragedy, but in ordinary production.
See a dead city
Unlike Chernobyl, Pripyat is truly a dead city. During trips to Pripyat Ukraine your guide will immediately inform you that you should not walk around the city on your own. However, the risk of meeting fauna representatives or stalkers is quite low. So, you may be confident in your safety.
In the dense thickets of Pripyat, you will find many striking places:
- abandoned houses;
- a stadium;
- an amusement park;
- and dozens of non-residential buildings.
The impressions that a dead city gives to visitors during Trips to Pripyat can hardly be found anywhere else. Everyone experiences their own emotions: someone recalls the Chernobyl tragedy, which deprived people of their homes, someone feels pacification, and someone immediately puts together a secret plan for a night invasion of an empty city.
Look at the “Duga”
One of the most unusual objects in Chernobyl Trips is a strange structure “Duga” located nearby. It’s weird for those who don’t know about the existence of a former secret object, which, although noticed by the inhabitants of Pripyat, was designated on the maps as a pioneer camp.
In fact, this is the Soviet over-the-horizon radar station “Duga”, created to detect launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The length of one antenna is 460 meters, the height is 150. The second, respectively, (230 meters and 100 meters) was built in order to receive signals directly “from behind horizon “- Europe and even North America. The Ukrainian “arc” is the only such object that has survived to this day. Nowadays this area is a favorite place for extreme lovers who dream of climbing it, and tourists who admire the height, literally and figuratively, of engineering.
Is it worth making trips to Pripyat and Chernobyl?
Immediately after the explosion, any documents about the accident were classified so as not to stir up panic. For another whole day, residents of Pripyat didn’t know about the danger: school children attended school, people worked as usual, the city held a football championship among children. Only at lunchtime on April 27, a message about a “temporary” evacuation sounded from the radio receivers.
Eventually, about 50 thousand residents left their homes with little or no belongings, as they were sure that they would return soon… Thanks to trips to Chernobyl the visitors can live through this striking history and realize the value of human lives and how deplorable can be the consequences of the government’s mistakes. This majestic place has to be visited by everyone at least once and you may be sure – it’s worth it!