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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  • A nice way to spend an hour

    Was okay, not a lot of Soviet era history presented, mainly history of the hotel and use by the KGB to monitor foreign visitors. Guide was entertaining. Tour was a little over crowded with only two...

  • Small museum

    I attended a sold out tour and the number was far to high for the spaces visited. There are two rooms available to see and they get very cramped.

  • Don't miss this excellent tour

    A fascinating insight into the Soviet era. The guide was very entertaining and the history of the 23rd floor was fascinating. Only two rooms to visit but very worthwhile and the views of Tallinn from...


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