News 16.9.2019
5min read

Do you dare to enter the Chernobyl Power Plant’s Control Room #4?

We were always fascinated by that room where the worst nuclear disaster happened. From where Anatoly Dyatlov commanded his colleagues and led the situation to the world’s most (in)famous nuclear blast. That room, where the AZ-5 (SCRAM) button was pushed too late. THE Control Room #4.

During the regular tours to Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, you’re visiting the very same, but yet different control room. You can enter the Control Room of decommissioned Reactor Hall #3, imagine how the workers of the night shift did not manage the situation or try to find the legendary AZ-5 button.

The Control Room 4 is Open

Closed for over 30 years, now safe and open to you to peek into the most epic part of the Chernobyl story. A place where time stopped the very moment of April 26 when reactor 4 (just 30 meters away) exploded and changed the history of mankind and the destiny of millions of people. But what if we can tell you that you can set a foot in to the real Control Room #4?

Now,  the control room of Chernobyl’s Reactor 4 is open for the tourists and everyone interested can see on their own eyes the scene of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.


Is it safe to enter the Control Room #4?

This place is still highly radioactive. The radiation in the room is 40,000 times higher than normal levels, according to Ruptly, a German news agency.  People are required to wear protective gear (protective suit, gloves, a helmet and a mask) when inside and the limit of the visiting is up to 10 minutes.


Before visiting and afterward, all visitors are required to undergo a radiology test. In the end everyone got not only affected by the experience, but also the official result from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, where you can see the amount of radiation you were exposed to.

What I will see?

Besides this “holy grail” of Chernobyl, you will visit the most interesting (and safe) places of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant like the central control room, the reactor 3 cooling system, an underground shelter and control room, the visitors centre of New Safe Confinement (sarcophagus), and more.

The Central Control Room (CCR-1)


With our host guide and virtual guide from NPP you will see the Central Control Room (CCR-1) for the open switchgear management and plant shift supervisor workplace; The Unit control room (UCR), from which all major technological processes were controlled during the reactor’s operation.

Protective Shelter

You will also stop by the unique defense construction intended to protect personnel in emergency situations at the Chernobyl NPP, which was also used in 1986, on that fateful day.


What about a rare electronic computer, which appeared in 1973 at the Leningrad NPP and later was also installed at Chernobyl NPP? Yep, that’s also in the program!

“SCALA ” – Leningrad NPP Apparatus (Reactor) Control System. It was the central information chain that unified most of the power unit control systems into a single automated NPP process control system. It monitored and recorded reactor conditions and control board inputs. It was wired to accept 7200 analog signals and 6500 digital signals. The system continuously monitored the plant and displayed this information to operators. This program took 5 to 10 minutes to run, and could not directly control the reactor.

Main Circulating Pumps

How about standing on the reactor? No problem! Let’s enter the Central Hall where technological processes took place. Want more technical stuff? Then don’t miss Unit 3 Main Circulating Pumps (MCP), which supplied water to the reactor core.

Valery Khodemchuk Memorial plaque

Together with the guides, you’ll visit the Valery Khodemchuk Memorial plaque and commemorate the MCP operator who died during the performance of his duties, unfortunately, his body was not found.

Control room 4


And now we’ve saved the best for last – Unit 4 Control Room (UCR 4)! It is the premise with a partially dismantled Unit control panel equipment at the actual Unit where the accident occurred.

Observation pavilion

To get more knowledge and understanding about the destruction of the Chernobyl NPP, you will take a look at the SO Observation Pavilion. At the extraordinary and detailed mock-up of the Shelter object, you will be told the story of the construction of the first protective structure over power Unit 4, as well as being acquainted with the history of the New Safe Confinement construction.

ChernobylX belongs to the very few tour operators that can take you on this ultimate adventure. A must-have tour for all the hardcore fans and enthusiasts who want to enter the still highly contaminated control room at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant’s Reactor 4, where the infamous catastrophe happened back in 1986.

Yes, it’s possible! However, it is opened for tourists for a special price and with special protective gear, as the Control Room #4 is still highly contaminated.

Besides the 4-hour Power Plant tour with lunch at the Power Plant dining room, you will also visit the most iconic places in the Chernobyl Zone like the Ferris Wheel, Kindergarten, or Central square in Pripyat. On top of that and most importantly, you will get a selfie in the Power Plant engineer costume while in the Control room!


The one day Chernobyl Reactor 4 Control Room Tour is a surprising balance between a knowledgeable excursion and a time-travel expedition, with breathtaking moments thanks to the extraordinary program that only 1 in 1000 Chernobyl visitors can choose. Be the one, there is no further you can get.

Are you ready to explore one of the most thrilling places in the whole Chernobyl Exclusion Zone?

If yes, then let us know and book your tour by contacting us on

Disclaimer: The guided tour is official and made in the most safe way as possible. Those who enter the Control Room #4 must afterward submit to radiology tests to measure exposure to contaminated material.




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