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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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A quirky museum - all tours must be booked in advance

This museum is definitely one of the most interesting museums I've been to. The guide was very knowledgeable and told us many stories that could have been scenes in a James Bond... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This museum is definitely one of the most interesting museums I've been to. The guide was very knowledgeable and told us many stories that could have been scenes in a James Bond movie. The museum is located in a hotel that had, during the Soviet era, been the place where foreign tourists had stayed. The building still functions as a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I visited here on my own. I was attached to a group of about 10 Germans and Americans. It was not as bad as I thought it would be! The guide was very knowledgeable and happy to answer any individual relevant question posed and was able to understand all of the attendees. She also had a great sense of humour!... More 

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Vihti, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

Interesting view of Estonian history. You never would believe it how it has been in Tallinn and Viru hotel without visiting this place. Guide was marvelous and had lived the times.

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Glasgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

A very interesting visit. Our guide was a lady who had worked in the museum during the Soviet occupation. It really gave you an insight into the way things were. A tour was about 1 hour long. You need to book in advance, but they seem to run at regular intervals.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This 1-hour tour offers a fascinating look at life in Tallinn about 35 years ago. Our English-speaking guide was knowledgeable enough to easily answer questions. A lot of the information was like movies and TV but, somehow, hearing it from a local made it more interesting.

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Salisbury, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

You will need to pre book a tour. The small museum is a throwback to when the KGB occupied the hotel. The guide was very engaging and told stories of how the hotel was used to monitor the comings and goings of the visitors. Well worth a visit

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

The KGB tour was my favorite activity during my family's stay in Tallinn. Our tour guide offered interesting stories, both personal and historical, about the Viru Hotel, the KGB's spying tactics in the hotel, and life in Soviet-era Estonia. In addition, you get to see beautiful views of Tallinn from the top floor of the Sokos Viru hotel. I went... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Great view, good story and nice little small museum. Only takes an hour and gives you a small insight into the Soviet border city that Tallinn was. Recommended!

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I would have liked to visit but all the tours were booked up because of visiting day trippers off the cruise ships. Book in advance!

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

You need to book at the reception of the hotel; they have guided tours in English and Finnish 2-3 times a day from what I understand. The guide gives a thorough, detailed story of the hotel itself from the Soviet era, and the KGB operation on the unofficial 23. floor. There is nothing much to see as the Soviets removed... More 

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Address: Address: Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
Phone Number: +372 6 809 300
Location: Europe  >  Estonia  >  Harju County  >  Tallinn

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