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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  • really interesting

    I enjoyed my visit to the KGB Museum, it was a real step back in time and the history of what happened in these small rooms at the top of the Viru Hotel was so interesting. The views were also...

  • Really interesting visit

    You need to book in advance but we had great visit. The hotel was built for western visitors during the Cold War so they could be closely monitored and the KGB left a lot of surveillance equipment...

  • Well worth it

    If you are interested in communism in general and the KGB in particular then you will find this place fascinating. It is located on the top floor of the Viru Hotel just outside the Old Town and only...


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