Virtual walk around Chernobyl and Pripyat
Abandoned panoramas of Chernobyl can now be viewed with interactive maps from Yandex and Google. We made a selection of 10 places that are most popular with users. Chernobyl panoramas will not leave anyone indifferent. You will be able to see how the ChZO looked like in 1986 and compare them on the interactive map, walking along the streets of Pripyat. Virtual walk around Pripyat is gaining popularity every year due to inability or unwillingness to go to the CEZ as tourists. Less words, more action. We suggest visiting popular places with visitors through a selection of interactive maps. Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post with your questions or suggestions, and if you don’t know the details of the accident, we suggest you read our articles.
Ferris wheel (View 1)
Ferris wheel (View 2)
Sixteen story building
Pripyat. Top view
Entrance to the city. Pripyat stella
A bit of history
Fortunately, most of humanity now knows about the distant incident at Chernobyl only from the memories of adults and the elderly.
Famine, hostilities and nuclear disaster is absolutely not familiar to the younger generation, they have never experienced all these phenomena on themselves.
Therefore, dry lessons, anniversaries devoted to the memory of the dead and the victims of the catastrophe do not attract them at all, nor do they arouse interest and genuine sincere emotions. But the events of those days do not deserve to be forgotten.
In 2018, it is almost unreal to meet witnesses of World War II or victims of the famine.
The accident at Chernobyl happened not so long ago, and many of the direct participants in those actions are alive and can personally share their memories.
In addition, after the disaster the most important witnesses remained – the city of Pripyat and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
By immersing yourself in these places you can easily realize the tragedy of the accident, as colorful panoramas of Chernobyl can even the most unemotional person evoke interest.
Chernobyl sites three decades ago did an excellent job of attracting tourists and new residents, the urban population was growing every day.
Unfortunately, views of Chernobyl before the disaster are almost impossible to find on the world wide web.
Most of them are just ordinary photographs, sometimes black and white, sometimes in color, which were taken by locals and visitors. But after the incident, the city became unusually popular, everyone immediately became very interested in it.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union began to reveal all the old secrets, the panorama of the dangerous terrain after the disaster became a very common topic on a variety of forums.
The very first photos were taken by the liquidators, then the area was visited by researchers, mass media workers, they also took a lot of valuable photos.
But, of course, most of the panoramas of Chernobyl were taken by tourists and stalkers. There were a large number of them in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone over three decades.
Some people visit Chernobyl only once, in order to immerse themselves in the events of those days, feel them firsthand, and then return home to real life.
For the latter, a visit to the city is an unusual pastime, where they relax from the hustle and bustle of the world and enjoy nature.
Others go to Pripyat only for their careers. They make reports, shoot video footage, from which they later create great films, write articles and books about the life of those who once lived here.
The panorama of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Pripyat gives inspiration to many people to create wonderful things.
What is the best time to visit the Chernobyl region
Tourist groups most often go to Pripyat in the summertime, because during this period the area has the best view.
There are yellowish trees in the background of monotonous abandoned buildings, which have suffered a lot of damage from radiation. Next to the dim, ghostly city grows the Redwood Forest, which is a contrasting line of gray and color.
In the Panoramas of Chernobyl the Red Forest is very rare, because to cover such a huge area requires professional devices, which ordinary tourists usually do not have.
And what prospects the Pripyat River offers to fishing enthusiasts! Despite the ban on fishing in the Pripyat River, some fishermen go to the river and get a huge catch.
What can be seen through a computer
For those who don’t have the opportunity to visit the Chernobyl area, the latest technology has developed ways to visit Pripyat online.
Chernobyl panoramas allow you to immerse yourself in a virtual walk through the most interesting places, consider all the most curious objects, outline a walking plan for the planned tourist trip, find interesting locations.
Some of the most popular locations are the Ferris wheel, the amusement park, the Polesie hotel, the recreation center, the pond and, of course, the nuclear power plant itself. We will give you the opportunity to visit all these places without leaving your home.
All locations are taken by satellite, and then with the help of professional cameras in Pripyat itself.
Pripyat on Google maps
Google Maps Pripyat created just a couple of years ago, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the disaster at the nuclear power plant.
With the help of this feature, people who have problems navigating in the area can preview the entire Chernobyl, virtually outline the places they want to visit in the future, and assimilate where the objects are located.
After all, the standard map to orient is extremely difficult, because everything in the city for thirty years overgrown with vegetation, where once were roads, now impassable thickets.
Pripyat panoramas from Google have the same design as other maps from Google, which are very common on the network. To visit the desired location, click on the yellow man icon and move it around the map.
You can also use the more familiar arrows, with which you have at any time the opportunity to turn in any direction, or leisurely stroll around the area.
Virtual visit Pripyat with Google was formed with the help of a team of professionals and special Goofle equipment.
All sites are of high quality and recreate a sense of absolute immersion in the urban area.
The most common places for a tourist walk are recognized the area around the Sarcophagus, as well as the local amusement park, where the symbol of Chernobyl area – the old Ferris wheel is located.
But not everyone likes to visit hackneyed locations. Some wish to find something amazing in the depths of the streets.
Not all locations are captured by Google, but here it is possible to go deeper into inaccessible places much higher than in the same Yandex.
Animals in Pripyat
Unfortunately, in the photos of Pripyat animals are very rare, because they are afraid of people, because they are used to complete solitude and lack of noisy humanity.
And, it is worth mentioning that not once in the panoramas of the Chernobyl area mutant individuals have not been noticed.
Perhaps they are just hiding from human eyes, or maybe just because they do not really exist, and all stories about them – nothing more than a terrible fairy tale.
Immerse yourself in the world of the abandoned ghost town right on our website, virtually visiting the most interesting locations.
Chernobyl VR project
Virtual walks around Chernobyl are getting closer to those people who for different reasons have no opportunity to go to the “zone of alienation”.
The Chernobyl virtual reality project was developed in November 2016 by Farm 51, a company from Poland.
It is the world’s first virtual walk through Chernobyl. The idea of the project is a virtual and three-dimensional walk around objects in the “exclusion zone.”
Users can “visit” the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, abandoned residential buildings and an amusement park in Pripyat.
When working, Polish specialists used special stereoscopic cameras on drones, which have the ability to record images in 360 degrees.
This will allow you to view objects from different angles. Thanks to them, you will be able to look into the chimneys of a nuclear power plant, workshops, high-rise buildings.
“Chernobyl VR Project” was presented at the Kiev History Museum. The presentation was timed to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident.
The cost of the Chernobyl VR Project in the HTC Vive helmet version is $ 9.99 (and owners of Oculus Rift are invited to pay $ 14.99, although the Steam version reportedly supports this helmet), and part of these funds will go to charities associated with the liquidation of the Chernobyl accident.
Watch the trailer for the virtual tour of Chernobyl:
After the Oculus Rift, the Steam version is out.
Sales of the Steam version of the Chernobyl VR Project with support for the HTC Vive virtual reality helmet have already started.
The developers of the project, Polish game studio The Farm 51 have published a short documentary film about the process of creation of the project.
The application Chernobyl VR Project is a virtual tour of Pripyat and Chernobyl. It combines a photorealistic journey with the educational benefits of an interactive documentary.
The developers say they have managed to very accurately reproduce and convey impressions of the disaster site.
This is due to the fact that the authors themselves have been to Chernobyl and filmed a lot of photo material, as well as many hours of video.
They talked with today’s residents of the neighborhood and those people who left the place many years ago.
Panoramas of Chernobyl. Virtual walks around Chernobyl
Virtual walk to Pripyat. You can start your way from Pripyat pedestal (entrance to the city) and use interactive map to get to any place of the city.
Bridge of Death
Virtual walk over the “bridge of death”, over which people were evacuated after the Chernobyl accident. A panoramic view of the bridge on which you can take a virtual walk.
Chernobyl cooling pond
A virtual walk around the perimeter of the Chernobyl cooling pond. Panorama of the pond with giant mutant catfish.
Amusement park. Ferris wheel
A virtual tour of the amusement park in Pripyat, where one of the most popular tourist attractions, the Ferris wheel, is located.
Red (rusty, red, yellow) forest
Take a virtual walk through the Red Forest where huge amounts of radionuclides were deposited during the Chernobyl tragedy. After that it was nicknamed “the red forest”.
Yanov train station
Virtual walk around Yanov train station near Pripyat. Using panoramas you can walk around the station without visiting the CEZ.
Sixteen story building
Virtual walk and pictures from the sixteen-story building in Pripyat. The famous sixteen-story building with the coat of arms, which can be seen ChAES.
Virtual walk around the perimeter of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. On the panorama you can see the “Shelter” object close up.
A virtual walk around the House of Culture Energetik. Panorama of the House of Culture Energetic, one of the favorite places of tourists in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Swimming pool “Lazurny”.
A virtual walk around the perimeter of the Lazurny pool in the CEZ in Pripyat. Panorama of Azure, a place of recreation and competition for residents of Pripyat.
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Panoramas of Pripyat
Nowadays, everyone knows about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The entire city and nearby settlements, abandoned by people about thirty years ago, continue to excite the thoughts of both experienced tourists and ordinary people.
Almost everyone dreams to visit it at least once. The reason for this is a lot of documentaries, fiction, books and computer games. The younger generation, immersed in the world of S.T.A.L.K.E.R., long to see the abandoned world with their own eyes, to visit the places they wandered for hours on end, staring at their monitors.
Fans of mysticism want to check out the many mysterious stories and legends that this place has spawned. Researchers and journalists are interested in the history and scientific side of the issue. One way or another, it is hard to find someone who would refuse to take such a fascinating trip.
Unfortunately, despite the availability of official guided tours, not everyone can get to the cherished territory. Limited finances, lack of time, health problems, the new political regime – all this can prevent a lot of people with their own feet to walk through the overgrown streets and see the redwood forest for themselves.
Fortunately, the problem has a great solution, given to us by technological progress. You only need to have a computer or phone with free Internet access, which will immerse you in the Chernobyl area and allow you to take a virtual walk through it.
All the panoramas are absolutely real and were made with the help of satellites and the latest cameras. Many experts have not just created this virtual world, but transferred reality to your monitors. Everything you see is real.
And if you ever find yourself in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, then you will feel that you have already been here.
So you can make a virtual walk through all the interesting places or plan your future trip with the locations you would be most interested to see in person. Have a nice trip!