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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 museum

    We went there for a look and it is worth the visit if you are in Talin. The tour was filled with "fun" anecdotes and story of how the KGB operated from the hotel

  • Interesting to anybody interested in history

    Visited the KGB museum in the end of January. The experience was excellent, mainly thanks to our terrific guide who was a fluent story-teller with personal experience on the events in the 70s and...

  • Kitsch museum

    A nice small museum with an interesting guide to life in soviet Estonia, if you're in the area. The booking process is strange - you need to make a reservation in advance and pay the tour guide when...


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