Excursion to the Ghost Town Skrunda-1

Would you like to see the biggest ghost town of the Baltic States once harbouring around 5000 people? But what makes it special is that is it not just a regular ghost town, but for years it had a status of a top secret closed down area that held the most novel military installations Soviet Union had to offer. Reserve your seat now: Application form for the trip to Skrunda-1 or write: trips@hieroglifs.com  

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Photos of the abandoned kindergarten in Kopachi village after the Chernobyl disaster

The 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine, is the only accident in the history of commercial nuclear power to cause fatalities from radiation. There was a sudden and unexpected power surge, and when an emergency shutdown was attempted, an exponentially larger spike in power output occurred, which led to a reactor vessel rupture and a series of steam explosions, creating the worst nuclear accident in history. Continue reading: Chernobyl disaster Source: The Vintage News

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Empty bottles in Soviet Union – this is the money!

As many other stores in the Soviet Union, also the store in Skrunda offered people good money for their empty glass bottles. All you had to do was to fish out of your rubbish bin at least one bottle. Preferably a beer bottle as their exchange rate was higher (20 kopecks) than the one for milk bottles (15 kopecks). OK, so you have managed to get it and you have those 20 kopecks in your palm. What can you buy for that money? Well, back then you could get a…

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Zeltiņi – the most impressive Soviet military object in Latvia

Zeltiņi – missile base is one of the most impressive Soviet military objects in Latvia, located in Northern Vidzeme. This is one of few remaining places where you can ‘’meet’’ Lenin. There you can see military buildings, missile silos and underground bunkers. Let us discover the past together. Apply: trips@hieroglifs.com    

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Oradour sur Glane, the martyr town

Oradour-sur-glane is a French town located in the west of the county and was completely destroyed during the Second World War by Nazi Waffen-SS. It was the biggest and most horrible massacre that has been committed by German army in France, with total of 642 victims and only 6 survivors (5 men and 1 woman). Nowadays only a patch of ruins remain of the town; nobody lives there anymore since the massacre. The town has now been turned into a museum to remind the next generations about the horrible events…

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Abandoned Soviet missile base – Zeltini

Let us pass this wonderful sunny weather in an interesting way in Zeltini – Soviet nuclear missile base. Please see the event description both in English and Latvian. Choose your best date and apply. Fill the application from in English: application form (EN) for Latvian: application form (LV) and let us explore the history. Those who have been, feel free to leave your feedback in Trip advisor.  

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