Chernobyl / Pripyat – Oct 2011

Author Happyshopper - Last updated: 11.05.2012

There haven’t been any pics from here since October so I thought I’d share mine. I was on the same trip as Oldskool, which actually was where he first recommended Talk Urbex to me – sat in some dodgy as hotel bar drinking beer from the tallest glasses I’ve seen that didn’t contain a yard of ale and listening to the oddest mix of local folk and euro pop you can imagine.

We waltzed into the Ukraine 36 strong. It was a fantastic trip, I met a lot of cool people and experienced a place so completely different to anywhere else in the world. What with my current disposable income and the impending probability of the Zone closing while work on the new Sarcophagus continues, this was probably a once in a lifetime trip for me. I’d highly recommend going before it’s too late – through closure of the Zone or because Pripyat has become too unsafe.

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On April 26th 1986 one of the four reactors at the Chernobyl power plant exploded. This then resulted in other explosions and the spread of nuclear contamination all over the surrounding area and even in other countries. There were many effects on people from all over. Many people who were at the plant trying to get the situation under control died from radiation poisoning within a few weeks of the accident. People hired to clean up the Chernobyl accident also had similar problems as they did not have proper protection. Now this plant and surrounding towns are abandoned and no-one can enter without permission from the government.


The town of Pripyat is a true ghost town. People left in a rush leaving personal items behind, believing they would be returning for their belongings soon. It has been as they left it for 20 years, save for some vandalism by the government in an attempt to stop looters. Windows were broken across the town to prevent radiation building up within the buildings.

Middle School No. 3







There is a bridge between the Chernobyl plant and Pripyat which overlooks the reactors. When the disaster happened, many citizens of the town gathered on the bridge to watch, unaware of the danger. They all died within weeks of the accident.

Hospital No. 126








The basement of the hospital in Pripyat is one of the most radioactive locations outside of the reactor. After the accident the firefighters who were first on scene were taken to the hospital and their fire-protective suits are still lying in the basement today, too radioactive to be moved. Even in full protective gear you can spend no more than 30 seconds in the basement.

Kindergartens “The Golden Key” and “Cheburashka”








#1Inferno FSMay 11, 2012, 10:38 am

Very photos of an amazing place.
The ultimate urbex location if you ask me.
Would love to go there once.

#2WaysbcnMay 11, 2012, 10:55 am

My Future trip. Is amazing

#3Monochrome EyeMay 11, 2012, 1:02 pm

Excellent work! Beautifully done.

#4xMAXIxMay 11, 2012, 8:13 pm

Excelent pictures. Well done!!!
It’s one of my biggest wishes and dreams to go there and take some pictures. What do you mean with Prypiat is becoming to unsafe??Because of radiation??

Cheers Max

#5HappyshopperMay 15, 2012, 9:48 pm

After 26 years of decay the buildings are becoming structurally unsound, and are beginning to collapse.

Half of one of the middle schools has already fallen in and there are some pretty intimidating cracks appearing in other buildings around the town including the high rise blocks.

The government always seems to be looking for excuses to prevent visits and one of the large buildings collapsing would be the perfect reason to close the town to tourists for good.

    #6sophos9May 15, 2012, 10:19 pm

    Awesome for sure – will be asking you about how to organise a trip here :-)

#7Charles StaffordMay 18, 2012, 4:57 pm

amazing images

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