Hotel Viru and 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.

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 visitor

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  • Russian technical rooms

    To be allowed to visit Hotel Viru's top floor to see the Russian's former technical rooms from the '70's was fascinating. Back in the day local Estonians joked that the building was made of...

  • Interesting but I wouldn't call it a museum

    So having seen a TV programme about the attraction I knew it wasn't really a museum. It's a couple of rooms as part of the Viru Hotel that were during the soviet times used by the KGB. But having...

  • Great Insight into Hotel during Soviet Era

    An enjoyable and interesting insight into the history of the tour and the environment of suspicion and mistrust it operated from when it opened in the Soviet Era until independence. Eva the tour...


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