emerald-abandoned-childrens-holiday-resort-chernobyl (Images: Michael Kötter)

If the cooling pond of a nuclear power station seems an unlikely choice of location to establish a children’s holiday camp, the Emerald abandoned resort in Ukraine is doubly unsettling – due to its location in the decommissioned shadow of Chernobyl.

Roadtrippers writes that holidaymakers once came from far and wide to visit the camp, which boasted around 100 wooden huts set amid acres of peaceful pine forest.


Though the pictureque summer camp was clearly convenient to residents of the now-ghost city of Pripyat, many of whom worked at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, it’s odd to imagine Ukrainian families from further afield picking this spot as their summer destination.

Either way, on April 26, 1986 a reactor block inside the Chernobyl plant exploded, showering the region with radioactive particles and causing a far reaching nuclear disaster, the effects of which are still felt today.


Though the brave and selfless group known as Liquidators used the wooden huts during the attempted clean up operation (and evidence of their presence echoes there today) the Emerald holiday camp has been abandoned ever since.

It makes for an eerie and compelling scene today, a haunting time capsule overtaken by the forest, where the incongruous faces of fairy tale characters peer out at those brave or foolish enough to venture near, an weirdly playful sight to behold amid a place of tragedy.

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