Paldiski Nuclear ReactorPaldiski Nuclear Reactor

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    3.4 / 5
    This is a very singular spot!
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      2.5 / 5
      Description and tips are a bit low!
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      3 / 5
      Useful is ok. Any plan?
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      No pic!
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Abandonned nuclear reactors...

My experience, Explo description: 

In 1962 Paldiski became a Soviet Navy nuclear submarine training centre, including 2 submarine reactors. Employing some 16,000 people, it was the largest such facility in the Soviet Union. Because of its importance, the whole city was closed off with barbed wire until the last Russian warship left in August 1994.

The building contains 2 soviet "Akula" (Shark) nuclear attack submarine reactors. The ractors are not in use anymore, and the nuclear fuel was removed.

Russian gave control of the structure to Estonians only in 1995.

My personal recommendations: 

Actually, you can't enter into the building. And I have to confess taht from the outside, the building is not really impressive: I did even not think about take my camera to make a photo!

How getting there: 

When driving on the Tallinna Maantee (road to Tallin, n°8), 1km before reaching Paldiski, you will meet a corssroads (with an oil station on your left). Turn right (where you can see the huge chemny of the reactors). Then drive straight away on 2km North. There you are!

A tip to eat: 

In Paldiski. Only 1 restaurant...

A tip to sleep: 

In Paldiski.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

Closed to public.

Visit duration: 


Entry fees: 


Access security: 

As you can guess, access to the building is restricted!