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Guide is a must

Without the guide, the prison is just a slightly creepy old building with great street art. With a... read more

Reviewed September 20, 2016
MichielV703
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Glance into an Eery Past

This tour is great for anyone who is interested in or wants to learn more about what life in a... read more

Reviewed September 2, 2016
EnZed-27
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I took this tour recently. The guide was very informative and enthusiastic but the tour took 2 1/2 hours which was twice as long as it was supposed to take. We were starving by the time the tour ended at 8:30. The tour is more of a general prison tour, as opposed to one focused on Soviet/Nazi operations.

It's located next door to the Seaplane Museum so it's easy to do the two together. You won't see much, though, unless you take the tour.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank JMK-Pittsburgh
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Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

Without the guide, the prison is just a slightly creepy old building with great street art. With a guide, the building comes to life and you can imagine how horrible prison life must have been. The guide has a great sense of humor that may be considered on the mature side, so maybe not 100% suited for young children/really sensitive people.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank MichielV703
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Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

This tour is great for anyone who is interested in or wants to learn more about what life in a Soviet prison was like. The guide was very informative and since we were on a tour we were allowed access to parts of the prison off limits to other visitors. It's a shame that this is soon to be closed to the public. Just a note, our guide did swear quite a bit. I didn't mind this since I think it suited the tour, but just something to bear in mind if that would be a problem for you.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank EnZed-27
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Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

This tour is a must do - explore the hidden areas of the prison with a local expert. Brings the horrors of the various regimes clearly into focus. Originally built as a castle it was used as an army garrison before being converted to a prison. The legacy of the prison burns most brightl. You can look around a smaller section of the prison without a guide - which is still interesting, but that section is now more of an area for local artists. That is worth doing, but don't miss out on this tour to get a deeper understanding of the prison, city and country.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank ralphadamr
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Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

This is Tallinn's former prison. Built in Tsarist Russian times, used by the Nazi's on the 1940s and then the Communists. It wasn't shut down until 2005.

And now it stands empty. I guess no one knows what to do with it. It appears parts of it were used for an art exhibition a few years ago (lots of graffiti)

You can pay €3 and wander around or go on a guided tour for €8. I think there are two different tour groups. Both can be found online. We went on a 6:15 pm tour, in English which was informative and interesting although his English was a little stilted.

As Estonia is in the EU I fail to see how this place is allowed to remain open - it's a huge health hazard. But that's what makes it interesting.

It's a thought provoking and moving experience.

Nice walk to and from town along the coast (20 mins) and there is a small bar/cafe around the back. There is also a tasteless (in my opinion) CCCP shop in the grounds. Not appropriate.

Definitely worth going to and I doubt it will be open like this for much longer. Makes you glad you don't live under a dictatorship.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Dom682014
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