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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  • Interesting tour, but group was too large.

    Seeing the 23rd floor of the hotel which was used by the KGB to keep track of foreign hotel guests was fascinating and something that I would recommend to others. Since the area is small and our...

  • Definitely worth a visit but book in advance!

    We took our 6/7yo children on the tour and it was a great way to feel, learn and experience 'history'. The guide was informative and spoke in English. We did struggle to book our tickets and would...

  • Small but way better than we expected

    There's only one formal room left but the way you get to it involves three areas along the way. We did the last tour of the day and if you're at all inquisitive, try to get this time as our...


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