Chernobyl and hope

33 years after the disaster in Chernobyl, a Christmas tree was put up there for the first time this year. A symbol of the hope of being able to live here again.

Organized by the Association of Chernobyl Tour Operators, former residents put up a Christmas tree in Pripyat for the first time. In 1986, Pripyat was an up-and-coming city in which many families shaped the cityscape. The city became uninhabitable after the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986.

The tree was decorated with family photos and clocks. These are intended as a reminder that time is always ticking and that the city will come to life again – over time.

I found the report about the Christmas tree installation in Pripyat at It clearly shows the hopes people have of one day repopulating this city. The desire to return is still very present for some former residents. Some have already returned – they live illegally but are tolerated in their settlements. The city itself is uninhabited. At the moment it is more of a quiet, dilapidated city that gives us geocachers a lost place feeling. More and more caches are being published here and show derelict premises and their former use.

Anyone who wants to experience the spirit of Chernobyl and Pripyat will find 4 tours in this area on our website at next year.

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