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With What Does Chornobyl Attract Tourists With?

Ukrainian deserted towns Prypyat and Chornobyl have always attracted attention of the world society. Thousands of scientists, journalists and tourists whose curiosity was stronger than the fear of the radiation have visited the Chornobyl Zone in the recent years.

The increasing number of tourists from the USA, Finland, UK, Germany, Poland and other countries seek the possibility to visit the Chornobyl nuclear plant. Forbes magazine declared Chornobyl as the most exotic place for tourism.

This year the world commemorates the 30th anniversary of the accident on the Chornobyl Power Plant, happened on 26 April, 1986.

After the accident had occurred, it was necessary to control the territory around the power plant. The agricultural usage of soil in the Exclusion Zone was forbidden and people were resettled. Exclusion Zone boundaries have been changed many times.

It is the territory, which has been contaminated with highly radioactive particles as a result of the disaster at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986. Prypyat, Chornobyl and the northern part of Polissya district of Kyiv region got the highest level of contamination.

Nowadays, a free access to the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone is forbidden. It is necessary to obtain a legal permission to visit the Exclusion Zone. The territory is under the control of the State Agency for Management of the exclusion zone within the Minister of Emergencies of Ukraine. State administration is located in Chornobyl. The workers live there on rotational basis. Other residents of the area are people who came back after they had been evacuated in 1986. The number of residents is less than two hundred people living in 11 villages and other settlements.

The tourists have a unique chance to visit Chornobyl ( and Prypyat on a special guided tour, and learn many striking facts about the biggest nuclear disaster in the history not only of Ukraine, but the whole world.

As a result of the restrictions of the human activity on the territory, the Exclusion Zone has become the natural reserve with the proliferation of animals: roes, hares, wolves, deer, foxes, wild boars, numerous species of birds, and even some rarer species such as Przhevalsky horses. The reduction of human impact has made a positive effect on the wildlife.

Chornobyl Exclusion Zone

To visit the guarded zone one must get a permanent or temporary pass issued by the State Agency for Management of the exclusion zone. At the same time, modern zone is a unique object. It stands as the monument for the victims of the worst nuclear disaster, the result of a hard work of thousands of emergency workers, ruined and emptied towns and villages.

Why Chornobyl is interesting? Some tourists call it a “time machine” because you feel the atmosphere of the 80s over there. Actually, the main reason to visit the Exclusion Zone is the opportunity to see the city without human beings, to imagine the world without men, the world where nature has won. In fact, it can be seen only in Chornobyl.

Chornobyl Exclusion Zonephotos from

Nothing can convey the atmosphere that makes you forget about the outside world. You’ve got a strange feeling of meeting with things hidden from human consciousness. What will we leave for our descendants? It is the result of human activity and an example of nature power.

We thank all liquidators of the Chornobyl accident, who stood out to defend humanity from the worst consequences of this catastrophe.