MVM Paks Nuclear Power Plant Co. Ltd. telephone exchange: +36 75 505 000
MVM Paks Nuclear Power Plant Co. Ltd.- Information and Visitors Center
|Monday through Friday||8 a.m. - 3 p.m.|
|Saturday||9 a.m. - 1 p.m.|
7031 Paks P. O. Box 71.
telephone: +36 75 508 833
telefax: +36 75 506 662
The only industrial size nuclear facility in Hungary follows the policy of openness from the beginnings. With regards to this policy it opened its Information and Visitor’s center half way between Budapest and Pécs. This center can be visited without registration in advance.
At the entrance visitors can walk by “Dispute in Paks”, a collection of busts of world famous Hungarian scientists - Wigner Jenő, Neumann János, Szilárd Leó, Teller Ede and Hevesy György.
There is a human and nature oriented exhibition inside the building, which tries to place nuclear energy in our everyday lives. Visitors find themselves in front of a great aquarium with the wildlife of river Danube, and not with huge machines or scientific charts. The exhibition proceeds with historical and ethnographical facts of the area to end up with the presentation of the secrets of the usage of nuclear energy in a simplified way. During this, even the visitors get “activated”; they can reach the information they are interested in at the computer monitors. They can reach the most important data of all nuclear power plants in the world. It is a great endeavor for them to produce energy with an energy-bicycle. They can get to know the present performance of the power plant, at the cloud chamber they can look into mysteries of the microcosm of the power plant. During this they can take their bearings at the present energy state of the world and the present energetic projects and the importance of extending the service life.
Lifelike fuel cartridges symbolizing the active zone of the reactor then an animation presents the working if the units. With the help of the “screen of reliance” everybody can get to know what happens at that moment in the control room, in the hall of nuclear reactors or in the room of the generators that produce electricity.
With this natural and technological knowledge it is much easier to know one’s way around nuclear waste. Then visitors can get useful information about the planned new units.
Visitors can get acquainted with renewable resources; he can turn on the circuits of the solar cells himself and watch the results of it. The adventurous ones can take an exam on what they have learned. Those who pass can get certificate as a reward.
A great panoramic view can be seen from the cupola at the top of the building to the power plant. As a relaxation visitors can write a greeting card to their friends in the mini post office. Greeting cards and post stamps are free. Visitors can also take some free information leaflets with them. The center also center functions as a museum where there is an opportunity to get souvenir stamps.
Those who want further excitements and over 16 can visit the power plant’s operational area. Here they can take a walk in the most interesting parts in the attendance of an accredited guide. From the purpose-built glass corridors the working reactors and the control room can be observed. Visitors - after donning protective helmets - can enter the turbine hall and view the huge turbine-generator units up close.
To avoid congestion regarding group visits, we would like to ask you to make an appointment at least a month in advance. Guided tours to the operational plant area available only on weekdays. We recommend our exhibition as a program for field trips. Visit of the center is free of charge.