Entering the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to check out the site of one of the 20th century’s most infamous historical events has become a popular travel plan for many exploring Europe.
It’s now possible to see the abandoned city of Pripyat and even observe the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant from up close—but there are some secrets involved. Here are a few facts you probably didn’t know about visiting this fascinating destination.
Radiation Measurement Checkpoints
As you’ll be visiting a site that is off-limits for humans to live due to a nuclear disaster in 1986, you’ll be screened with a radiation dosimeter upon entering and leaving the zone to ensure you have not been exposed to too much radiation during your visit.
Dining in the Plant’s Cafeteria
Would you believe that part of a standard tour includes eating in the former nuclear plant’s cafeteria? It sure does, and you’ll be served traditional Ukrainian dishes that are thankfully made with ingredients from outside of the nuclear zone.
The Levels of Radiation are Astoundingly Low!
Despite the radiation checkpoints and the specter of a relatively recent disaster, this area is completely safe for visitors, because its radiation levels are now so low. In fact, you’ll be exposed to more radiation on a transoceanic flight than you will be if you spend a whole day visiting.