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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  • Museum about KGB Surveillance of the Viru Hotel, viewing only with tour

    This museum is located in the Viru hotel on the 23rd floor. It can be visited only by booking a tour. The tour takes about an hour and costs 11€. You can book the tour online via the museum website...

  • Fun and informative

    The KGB tour was the last thing we did during our 4 day trip to Tallinn and it was a great way to finish our holiday. Our knowledgeable guide did a fantastic job of relaying the many interesting and...

  • Must go

    The Hotel Viru KGB Museum is a fantastic place to visit. Right from the start you’re transported to USSR times, with interesting stories of KGB activities in the hotel and Tallinn. Our guide Margit...


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