Pripyat was founded in 1970 next to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. At its peak in 1979 the city had 49,000 residents, grocery stores, schools, a hospital, amusement park and 160 high rise apartment blocks. The explosion of reactor unit 4 on April 26th, 1986 showered radioactive debris across the surrounding areas forcing Pripyat’s complete evacuation on April 27th.
Throughout the years the structures were emptied of personal belongings and whats left is a shell of a city – no power, no cell service, no inhabitants. Safety remains a concern as buildings have slowly decayed and some have collapsed. Access to the building is restricted, but there’s no doors or anything to keep you out… YOLO!
Tours of Pripyat
Tourism to Pripyat is surprisingly popular thanks in-part to decreased radiation levels and rising curiosity due to it being featured in numerous films/games. There are numerous guided tours companies available – most of which depart conveniently from Kiev’s city center.
NOTE: Pripyat is 2.5hrs away from Kiev – This will be a (long) day trip, so bring adequate food/water.