Viru Hotel KGB Museum

There once was a hotel that came to be named the Viru. The year was 1972, and there were still two decades or so until the fall of Communism and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Any hotel that was appropriate for foreign visitors also had to be appropriate for the KGB...
This museum tells the story of more than just one hotel and the KGB: it is a treasure trove of stories of two different worlds - one which existed mostly on paper, of happy Soviet citizens living in friendship and never wanting for anything, led by a wise, all-powerful group of men in a place where there were never any accidents or catastrophes; and the other real world, which was a very different and a much tougher place to live in. Please book in advance to visit the museum.

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  • Heather T Heather T

    One of a kind visit

    This tour is definitely worth doing when visiting Tallinn. It lasts about an hour and covers two rooms on the top floor of the hotel, previously occupied by the KGB and used for spying on guests. Our...

  • jarrowlass2014 jarrowlass2014

    Great fun

    Our guide was Pavel who made sure we all understood and enjoyed his talk. We ve visited Estonia 7 times over the last 2 years, what I've found difficult to appreciate is how people the same age as me...

  • PPC544 PPC544

    Interresting but not crazy

    The visit cost 10euro and you can only do it with a guide. He will explain you the history of Viru hotel and the link it has with the KGB. You will visit the KGB rooms where they used to spy hotel...


Features and amenities

Location

Viru väljak 4, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn

Getting there

Access

  • Signposted
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus

Coordinates

59°26'12''N 24°45'18''E | Download GPX file