The site of a nuclear disaster seems an unlikely tourist attraction, but Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone keeps drawing visitors. From Kiev, it’s a two-hour tour bus ride to Pripyat, a city frozen in time. There you can witness what the former Soviet Union (now Ukraine) was like in 1986 – and that’s about all you can do there. Because of radiation from the power plant explosion, tourists are warned against touching any objects or vegetation or even sitting on the ground.
Formula Rossa Roller Coaster, Abu Dhabi
Got a need for speed? Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World clocks in at 239 kph, making it the fastest roller coaster in the world. Powered by a hydraulic launch system, the coaster rips through the two kilometre course in a mere 92 seconds, for an experience that makes you feel like a Formula One racer. Despite the speed, there’s not much danger to riding the roller coaster, unless you have the tendency to get carsick.
Verzasca Dam, Switzerland
One of the highest jumping sites in the world, Verzasca Dam in Ticino, Switzerland has a second claim to fame: James Bond took the plunge in the 2002 movie GoldenEye. Adrenaline junkies can recreate 007’s bungee jump or take it to the next level by jumping at night. The nearly 220-metre fall may seem risky, but you’re more likely to die from bicycling than bungee jumping.
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