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Address: Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
Phone Number: +372 6 809 300
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Description: 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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An eye-opener and very interesting

The tour of this museum is a fascinating insight into how the KGB operated within Tallinn. It takes place on the 23rd floor of the Hotel Viru - the view from the balcony is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This museum is worth a visit if you have time but is not a must see attraction as some of the other reviews and travel books make it out to be. The "museum" is essentially a tour of two small rooms on the top floor of the Viru hotel which where used by the KGB while Estonia was under Soviet... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The tour of this museum is a fascinating insight into how the KGB operated within Tallinn. It takes place on the 23rd floor of the Hotel Viru - the view from the balcony is amazing and worth the entrance fee on its own. The guide was fantastic and kept the tour factual but interesting and fun. A real eye-opener into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A very insightful hour tour of a "non-existent" floor of the Hotel Viru run by the KGB. Our tour guide was very informative, funny and made listening to an hour of how the hotel was run by the KGB very entertaining and educational. If you have visited any other KGB museums across the Baltics this is a welcome relief to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

A guided tour of a non existant hotel floor by a person that worked there in the cold war era, a short visit to a small area but so worth visiting to see how devious our political masters are and the view over Tallinn is worth the trip. If you want a bit of colour pick up the red phone!!!!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Although not an absolute Tallinn must-see, the short tour around the hidden 23rd floor of the Viru hotel does gives an interesting insight into Soviet Estonia and is worth a visit. The former KGB offices themselves on the 23rd floor are actually pretty small and there's not a massive amount to see on the tour. However, the stories told by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Very informative. Be sure to book ahead of time. One hour tour peeks into the KGB history of the hotel. Guide was knowledgable and funny.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Quite sobering, especially when consider the timescales. A good insight to some of what went on behind the Iron Curtain.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This tour wasn't worth 10 Euros. The guide had over 30 people in the group and 15 minutes of the 55 min tour is spent on a stairway where I couldn't see the guide or the photos on the walls he wqas referring to. The entire "museum" consists of two small rooms with some artifacts and stories the guide told.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This museum, while small, is well worth a visit! Situated on the top floor of Tallinn's first high rise. You get a keen understanding of what life was like in Soviet times and of the paranoia related to westerners on behalf of the Soviet Union!

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This tour was extremely disappointing. Firstly, the entire museum is composed of two rooms with very little to see and a stairwell of a handful of photographs about the history of the Viru hotel. I learned a few interesting tidbits of history about the hotel and nothing about the KGB. Many people who reviewed this tour thought it was brilliant... More 

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