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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  • Very interesting, requires booking

    I wasn't in Tallinn during the busiest time of year but even so, both the English tours were sold out on the Saturday I was here. So it's essential to book ahead - it can be done online. Very...

  • Pretty fun & cool history lesson about communist times

    This is a fun and quick tour that will make you realize the communist era was crazy - especially in Tallinn. Don't miss it for some WTF moments and also incredible views of the skyline of Old Tallinn...

  • A time capsule

    This museum is located on the top floor of the Sokos Hotel - just enter the hotel and find the tour desk. On the top floors of the building are the rooms used by KGB officers to spy on hotel guests...


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