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June 19, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The Chernobyl exclusion zone, site of the worst nuclear accident in history and reputedly one of the most radioactive places on earth, now offers visitors a 42-room hostel/guesthouse, complete with free Wi-Fi.

The establishment looks quite comfortable, given its location in a radioactive wasteland. The décor is agreeable, if you’re into single beds with vaguely leopard-skin-pattern bedspreads.

You can inspect the establishment in the brief video below, though it helps if you understand Ukrainian. Ukraine is where Chernobyl is located.


On 26 April 1986, Chernobyl’s reactor four suffered a sudden power surge, leading to catastrophic explosions in its core. Four hundred times more radioactive material was blasted out from Chernobyl than by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Parts of the Chernobyl site are still periodically smoking.

Despite that, Chernobyl tourists are now daring to explore the Chernobyl exclusion zone, Russian news site RT reports. They want to gain a first-hand impression of the scale of the accident, “despite the remaining risk of radiation exposure”.

The new hostel is able to welcome 42 guests, although occupancies are currently not high. After renovation, the establishment should be able to accommodate 102 people in single and double rooms. A one-night stay costs 198 Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH) per person – which is just AUD 10.

The 30-square kilometre exclusion zone around Chernobyl was declared uninhabitable after the explosion and remains largely depopulated “even though most of its territory is now considered to be relatively safe,” RT says. The new hostel is less than 15 kilometres from the stricken reactor – ground zero.

There is talk of the hostel being developed as a venue for offbeat bachelor parties. Some people feel a ‘Chernobyl chic’ factor could boost tourism. Perhaps. It’s certainly ‘rad’, which was slang in the 1970s for extraordinary or wonderful and is also a unit for measuring an absorbed dose of ionising radiation.

Written by Peter Needham

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