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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  • Chilling info, articulate guide

    We took an English tour of the KGB Museum in Viru Hotel and were treated to a chilling story of how the Soviet Union's secret police conducted their operations. Be sure to book your tickets in...

  • Well worth it (even in Finnish)

    I have always been a fan of spy movies and spy stories so this was a place I’d wanted to visit for the longest time. I didn’t know that you had to book in advance and there are time slots for tours...

  • Worth the effort to see this

    Amazing stories from this period, quite interesting to see what went on here. Local guide was able to tell first hand stories of what happened over this time period.


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