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 part of history

    A step into a snapshot of recent Estonian history involving the Hotel Viru and the KGB. An interesting narration of the time and events of the 70's and 80's and how they played out. We found the...

  • A peek in to the Cold War

    Couldn't resist this, having also been to Russia on several occasions: This relatively quirky time-warp into the Communist past provides a fascinating hour in Tallinn. At the top of Tallinns biggest...

  • Fun.

    Not easy to locate inside the hotel. However the guided tour was nice, but overall I enjoyed the Vana Tallin and sparkling wine the most after the tour that our guide told us to try.


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