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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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Very informative

This is a very informative tour of what happened at the hotel Viru during the soviet occupation. The 23rd floor of the hotel was used by the KGB to spy on guests. You can only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Sheffield, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is a very informative tour of what happened at the hotel Viru during the soviet occupation. The 23rd floor of the hotel was used by the KGB to spy on guests. You can only visit by booking on a tour. The rooms you see are small for the size of the group. There were over 30 individuals on our... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The 23rd floor that officially did not exist until Estonia became independent in 1991 served as a KGB station that was used to spy hotel Viru's guests and work as a radio station due to the high location. Very little exist today, as almost everything was removed when the Soviets extracted their spies from the building. Nowadays the floor serves... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Tour of the 23rd floor of the virtual hotel where the kgb had their of office during the Soviet days. The tour was held by a nice lady with decent English-speaking skills. The cost was 10 Euro per person

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The museum is placed at the top floor of the Viru Hotel, most famous hotel in Tallinn. The hotel was built in 1972 and visitors (all foreigners) were under strict KGB surveillance. The museum is about that time. Tours are compulsory and they are organized several times a day. Tours are in English, Finnish, Russia or Estonia. It is advisable... More 

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Southern Finland, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The visit to museum was very informative, we took part to English tour, but the guide talked also in Finnish. She was really a pro! Museum itself is quite small, but worth of visiting and wort of money.

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Scottsville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The former KGB headquarters in Tallinn, located on top of the Hotel Viru is not be missed on a visit to Tallinn. A couple of recommendations is to book ahead, English tours are offered two or three times a day and the times and languages offered are on their web-site. We found Hotel Viru in the morning and booked the... More 

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Rauma, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Remember to book a tour in advance in the language of your choosing. We were taken up to the 22nd floor and the guide used a series of pictures to tell about the history of the Viru and give a picture of what it was like to work there. As we moved upstairs we were shown two rooms that gave... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We thought this was a different tour, but it was interesting and showed how the KGB infiltrated even the famous people who stayed here! It must have been frightening for the staff as you had to watch your back at all times! Good insight to how it was then.

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Orlando
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

An insight into the way the KGB spied on foreign tourists during the Cold War. The museum is in two rooms on the 23rd floor of the Viru Hotel. Booking is essential. The views of Tallinn are fantastic. You can also go outside to the viewing platform. Well worth the €10 price.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

One of the highlights of our trip. Very interesting, and quite spooky as this was not that long ago when they were bugging all the rooms and eavesdropping on all the guests. Life under the Soviets is still fresh in the minds of the locals. The guide is a lovely lady who gives a good account of the goings on... More 

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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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