What to do and see in Chernobyl, Ukraine: The Best Places and Tips

December 24, 2017 Tynisha Seiler

Chernobyl or Chornobyl (/tʃɜːrˈnoʊbəl/; Ukrainian: Чорно́биль, translit. Chornobyl′, Ukrainian pronunciation: [tʃɔrˈnɔbɪlʲ]; Russian: Черно́быль, tr. Chernobyl′, IPA: [t͡ɕɪrˈnobɨlʲ]; Belarusian: Чарно́быль, translit. Charnobyl′, Belarusian pronunciation: [ʈʂarˈnɔbɨlʲ]) is a city in the restricted Chernobyl Exclusion Zone situated in the Ivankiv Raion of northern Kiev Oblast, near Ukraine's border with Belarus. Chernobyl is about 90 kilometres (56 mi) northeast of Kiev, and approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi) southwest of the Belarusian city of Gomel and 16 km from Ukraines border with Belarus. The city was the administrative center of Chernobyl Raion (district) from 1923 until it was disestablished in 1988. Before its evacuation, the city had about 14,000 residents. As of 2017, the city has a population of 690.

1. Reactor No 4

Chernobyl, Ukraine +380 50 381 8656
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5 based on 100 reviews

Reactor No 4

Reviewed By Gina N - Oslo, Norway

I've had two visits to the reactor, before and after the sarcophagus was placed. Before was in October 2016, just a couple weeks before the sarcophagus was placed, and I could see the workers from Novarka working on the preparation, and the "original" reactor was still visible.
The second time I visited was just recently in March 2017, with the sarcophagus already finished and placed on top of the reactor. Sadly there isn't as much to see, as you can't see the "original" reactor as during the last visit, but I still recommend taking the time to visit it - the memorial itself is alone worth the visit, as well as observing the workers there, and the general place surrounding the ChNPP.

2. Chernobyl Visit

Chernobyl 07270, Ukraine
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Chernobyl Visit

Tours To Chernobyl Exclusion Zone And Ghost City Prypyat. Explore Top Secret Military Object Duga In Chernobyl Zone. Urbex Tours In Ukraine. Most Adventurous Excursions In Ex-soviet Cities And Military Bases. Tour To Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Tour To Underground Kiev. The Unique Tour To The Longest Catacombs In The World.

Reviewed By rmurray86 - Ashton in Makerfield, United Kingdom

the town itself is a bit of a mystery, people still work and live there and Chernobyl lent its name to a nuclear power plant. There are two hotels in Chernobyl town, and I would be surprised if they are ever full.

3. Chernobyl Go

Chernobyl, Ukraine +380 63 434 1212
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Chernobyl Go

Chernobyl-Go specializes on package tours to Chernobyl, Pripyat and Duga - some of the most incredible places in the world. We put together a tour customized to your personal needs, and guarantee top quality and 24/7 customer support. After visiting Chernobyl you can enjoy a couple of free days in the capital of Ukraine - Kiev, we can organize for you great adventures in the city.

Reviewed By Viktor K - Kiev,Ua

Here, you can find a lot of interesting things, but they can not be taken outside the zone.
I found this page on the verge of an abandoned house:
“Cat Murka ate porridge,
Mouse wanted to eat cheese,
Murka drove Mouse,
The mouse ran into the hole.
Hungry Mouse gnawed cable
Oh, poor Murka is!”

4. St. Elijah Church

Ilinskaya 1, Chernobyl 07270, Ukraine +380 67 393 4862
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

St. Elijah Church

Reviewed By TravelingLee - New York City, New York

While the church was closed, it was interesting to see where past and current Chernobyl residents worship. Very serene location; quiet and peaceful.

5. Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker

Chernobyl, Ukraine
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Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker

Reviewed By Steven P - Pueblo, Colorado

A very interesting Cold War site located near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant location. It is usually included as part of an organized tour from Kiev to Chernobyl and the abandoned city of Pripyat. The radar is an immense structure, roughly 500 feet high and over a half mile wide. On the property, you will see the buildings where the operating computers were located. The floors have thousands of discarded circuit boards that combined offered less computing power than a smartphone of today.

6. Global Village Tours

Chernobyl, Ukraine
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Global Village Tours

Adventure day tours - taking you off the beaten track.

Reviewed By NicolaQuinn85 - London, United Kingdom

I travelled with Global Village Tours on their Chernobyl and Transnistria tour. Dan of Global Village Tours led this trip with Shane. I was impressed with how prompt and clear Dan was in answering all my questions via email from the outset. On this trip I was provided with an excellent, professional, caring and fun tour that has exceeded all of my expectations. My trip started in Kiev Ukraine and ended in Bucharest Romania. It was truly amazing to see and experience the time capsule that exists inside Chernobyl's Exclusion Zone and how precious lives were affected by human error. We visited the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria. A state that is unrecognised. I was absolutely captivated by everything that I saw and learnt along this journey. Take this tour or any or the other amazing off the beaten track destinations that Global Village Tours offers. You won't regret it!

7. ChernobylMe

Chernobyl 07270, Ukraine
ChernobylMe

Chernobyl exclusion zone is the area of the world's worst nuclear disaster that took place in April 1986, but nowadays turned into one of the most visited place of Kiev region and Ukraine due to extraordinary atmosphere and picture of life after humans.

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