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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  • Super informative with a dry sense of humor

    This was a great tour. The focus is really on the presence of the KGB in Hotel Viru in Estonia and their relationship with the hotel from its inception to when the KGB left. I was pleasantly...

  • Excellent insight into recent history

    I booked this tour a few months before I travelled (on advice from previous visitors); there are only a limited number of places per tour (I think about 15); cost was €11; I thought it was very good...

  • The reality was not so funny

    1. Too expensive. (11euros) 2. Just two small rooms, even not space enough for all visitors. 3. The guide's style was too humorous during the whoole visit. Okay with some anekdotes, but we...


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