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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  • Fantastic Tour

    I guess if you’re interested in the Cold War then you’ll enjoy this, otherwise you may want to skip it. The exhibits are nothing too special but they are authentic. By far the highlight though (and...

  • A Taste of Life in Terror

    This is a wonderful tour - you get a small sense of what life was like for people under Soviet occupation and KGB’s reign of terror. The rooms themselves are not the best part - it is the guide...

  • Disappointing

    Disappointing. Tour was hugely overbooked and started 10 minutes too late. Standing in crowded rooms with too many people. Not recommended for people who are easily bored. Lots of faded pictures in...


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