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Address: Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
Phone Number: +372 6 809 300
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In Soviet time Hotel Viru was good enough to accommodate foreigners. It...

In Soviet time Hotel Viru was good enough to accommodate foreigners. It also had to be good enough for the KGB ... The museum represents a collection of the stories of two worlds. In one of them, mostly existing on paper, happy Soviet people enjoyed a life of plenty and friendship, led by a single wise political party. The other world – the real one – had a nature much more diverse and complicated.

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One of a kind visit

This tour is definitely worth doing when visiting Tallinn. It lasts about an hour and covers two rooms on the top floor of the hotel, previously occupied by the KGB and used for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Heather T
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Helsinki, Finland
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour is definitely worth doing when visiting Tallinn. It lasts about an hour and covers two rooms on the top floor of the hotel, previously occupied by the KGB and used for spying on guests. Our tour guide Pavel was excellent. He gave an interesting, informative tour and was very funny and entertaining! It is shocking to hear about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide was Pavel who made sure we all understood and enjoyed his talk. We ve visited Estonia 7 times over the last 2 years, what I've found difficult to appreciate is how people the same age as me coped with being part of USSR. This talk helped me greatly to see how my life would have been compared to... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The visit cost 10euro and you can only do it with a guide. He will explain you the history of Viru hotel and the link it has with the KGB. You will visit the KGB rooms where they used to spy hotel guest. The visit takes 1hour

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Thank PPC544
Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

It's recommended to come here if you want to understand better the recent story of Estonia. The guide will transport you in the past at the time of Sovietic Empire. It's been one of the most interesting thing we've seen during our holiday.

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Thank FedericaV84
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We visited the KGB museum on Christmas day and really enjoyed the hour tour. While the museum is very small, our tour guide did a great job and really brought it to life. It's well worth it just for the views from the top of the Viru Hotel.

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Thank Edmund M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed the hour long guided tour and the informative perspective on the soviet period. Amazing to think it was only 25 years ago. The hotel must have been quite something when originally built and the lengths that the Soviet's went to in order to listen in and 'spy' with a visit if you've got an hour spare.

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

One would not guess that a museum covering two (2!) rooms and a bit of hallway could be this interesting. The points go to the guide, who made this whole. What a story! How the machine watched and managed the people. And a little something about the city within the city, the Viru Hotel in Tallinn. Not much tech there... More 

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Thank Paavo2
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

A blast from the past...from not that long ago but such a different world! Impressive, historical, scary and humoristic all in one!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

We pre-booked our visit to the KGB museum (on the 23rd floor of the Viru Hotel) by email, just a few hours in advance of our arrival. There are two rooms which have been left untouched since the KGB left and contain paperwork, spy cameras, radios and even cigarette butts! What really made the visit worthwhile for us was the... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

KGB museum on the top floor of Viru hotel really opens up eyes to understand how thoroughly KGB was integrated into the Estonian society. It seems that no-one was safe! Especially foreigners visiting Tallinn. This was a really interesting experience and the view from the top floor over Tallinn was impressive. It takes one hour and the guide was excellent!

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