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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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"We have been watching you"

Our first KGB tour. I have read there are many in the former Soviet bloc countries. It was interesting, but really only confirmed some things we have all read about. Yes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Our first KGB tour. I have read there are many in the former Soviet bloc countries. It was interesting, but really only confirmed some things we have all read about. Yes, the KGB regularly recorded and videotaped foreign visitors. The KGB tested the honesty and loyalty of Estonian citizens. Soviet citizens the KGB suspected of illegal activity often disappeared. Nonetheless,... More 

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Uk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The tour lasts one hour and comprises a review of some photos from the 70's on the walls of the 22nd floor, before going to the two rooms that comprise the museum on the 23rd floor.. Lot's of interesting information from the tour guide giving an excellent insight to the Viru hotel, its guests and the KGB and its operations... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The whole 'museum' offers just a staircase and two rooms, but the stories around it make your money worth. Our guide was well informed, he was using good English with a bit of Russian/Estonian accent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed visiting KGB museum at Viru hotel. I found the tour really interesting, not too long and the tour guide was perfect. The tickets can be bought at the Viru hotel just before the tour or booked online. There seemed to be more tours in English that advertised on the website. Not sure if that's just during summer. I... More 

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Paris, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Because of the very high ratings and the 10euro price, we expected a lot more from the tour. The guide was very friendly and seemed to know a lot. But with the name "museum" in the title we were expecting to see an actual museum. Instead, it was a walk-along beside some pictures mounted on a wall, and at the... More 

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County Sligo, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I'm very interested, in fact fascinated by the whole communist era in Eastern Europe so when I realised there was a KGB Museum in Tallinn it went straight to the top of my list of things to do. The Soviet Secret Police had the entire 23rd floor of Hotel Viru in the centre of Tallinn. This is now the museum,... More 

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Tallinn
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The tour was interesting and informative. It lasted for an hour, and was 10€, which I think is way to expensive for what you see. You can take some pictures of Tallinn from the 23rd floor, which officially had not existed. Our tour guide rushed through the rooms and stories and started at the next stop although not even half... More 

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Donegal Town, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We spent 30 minutes listening to our guide who was full of wisdom before being shown the cities views from 22nd and 23rd floor. We then entered 2 small rooms which although we're very interesting, we felt the tour didn't offer as good value for money as others we have done in the past.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

A bit different from a typical museum. It is very much about the guide and information provided, and our guide was excellent. She spoke quite fast and accented English so I couldn't catch everything that was said. Nonetheless, she had a great sense of humour and despite been quite pricey the tour is still extremely worthwhile and insightful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Although the tour is only of one relatively small floor of the hotel, the information you gain about the workings of the KGB both within the hotel and within Estonia itself in an hour is astonishing. Our tour guide Rene was fantastic, no detail was spared. A bonus of the tour is the fantastic views from the top floor of... More 

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