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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  • Estonia under communism

    Great expose if the communist era in Estonia. Guided tours in English available. Great views over Tallinn but the history is astounding. Very interesting.

  • Average and a bit overpriced

    We took the 5 pm tour which took about 1 hour and cost Euro 12. It is quite interesting but I found the whole thing a bit rushed, the exhibits are tired, the tour guide we had had been doing this so...

  • There is nothing here - oh yes there is!!

    A fantastic eye opener to how things use to be when the KGB were here and what staff as well as guests went through, It is funny to be told that at the time that all were told that there is nothing...


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