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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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Viru hotel | KGB

We went whit work group to see how KGB used to operate in Estonia. Now days the building has Viru hotel on it. Nice flash back to time of Cold War! Very recommendable place for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Tallinn, Estonia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We went whit work group to see how KGB used to operate in Estonia. Now days the building has Viru hotel on it. Nice flash back to time of Cold War! Very recommendable place for every one who is interested close history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

A very interesting tour with lots of information how the KGB monitored foreigners in the Soviet era. Also a great vantage point to view the city from the top floor.

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Not a museum, rather a tour. Interesting and worth doing if you have time to spare. Pretty sweet views from the top floor.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

It was very interesting to find out what well in the days of KGB and how secretive they were. The KGB offices are not as large as I expected they would be, there is only 2 rooms but the tour was very interesting. The views from the top of the hotel Viru are very good. 10 Euros per tour.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This tour may give you the eerie feeling that somebody may still be watching your every move... However, go. The KGB museum might not "knock your socks off," but if you have a good guide, you'll learn some very interesting history about the Viru hotel's secrets! Maybe you spent the night in a room still bugged with microphones???

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

You should be aware that there are four tours per day, two in English and then two in Finnish. They are the only tours conducted, as you are not permitted to tour the venue on your own. So please keep this in mind when you intend to visit this attraction.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Weirdly top floor of (originally Intourist) hotel, to which only the select few had access. Much time wasted monitoring guest conversations via hidden microphones and cameras.

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LINCOLN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

It was fantastic, easy to get to and a real gem of the old communist days. However, i cant say anymore as its a secret!!!

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

very intresting and historical place,with alot of good materials,.................................................................

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Tour guide was nice but the tour itself was completely uninteresting. The views atop the building aren't as spectacular as those from the high towers in the Old Town. We expected to see something about the invasion of privacy the KGB demonstrated in the hotel but this never occurred. Not worth the 10€ price. Save your money and stay in... More 

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