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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  • Amusing and serious illumination of the recent past

    Across Tammsaare Park from Tallinn’s atmospheric Old Town, you will find a different world. Located in the Hotel Viru, the KGB Museum takes you back only a little way into history -- to Soviet times...

  • Very informative relic of the recent past

    It's only thirty years since Estonia became free (yet again) from Soviet control, these premises show the fairly inhumane way the KGB treated its 'prisoners'. Although it's fairly difficult to assess...

  • Very interesting and entertaining tour

    Interesting history from not so long-ago. Have taken part twice, on both times very good guides. A great view over Tallinn from the rooftop terrace as part of the tour.


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