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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  • Worth of visit

    Tours to the museum are strictly organized, like in CCCP time, but it's worth to check out. Depending on guide you might get some interesting details of communist era in Tallinn and the history of...

  • Small but interesting

    This is not really a museum; more a time capsule of the surveillance activities that went on during the soviet era. The tour needs to be booked in advance and lasts an hour. Don't expect modern...

  • The first skyscraper in Tallinn

    On the 23rd floor of Hotel Viru, a floor that only selected people were able to go to back in 1972. The tour lasts an hour and you get time on the viewing platforms for great photos of the city. Only...


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