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KGB Museum

Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
+372 680 9300
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Fascinating insight into a strange era

The trip was a guided tour around the 23rd floor KGB facilities at the top of the Hotel Viru. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
W3Z
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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Very interesting and fun

The whole experience was very interesting and worth a visit. The tour guide had a wonderfully dry... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kay L
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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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Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The trip was a guided tour around the 23rd floor KGB facilities at the top of the Hotel Viru. The guide was very knowledgeable and it was fascinating to find what had really happened in the secret world there up to as recently as 1991....More

Thank W3Z
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The whole experience was very interesting and worth a visit. The tour guide had a wonderfully dry humour and a great knowledge of local Estonian history as well as snippets of the KGB espionage that took place here. I would certainly recommend this to friends.

Thank Kay L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum was tiny but interesting. The guide Eva was knowledgeable but I wished she had told more stories from people who stayed and worked at the hotel. Still can’t decide if it was worth 11 euros

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was looking forward to visit this unusual museum on the top floor of a multistoried hotel. It costs 11 EUR per person with two English tours per day (11:30 and 14:00). Booking in advance even on the same day is recommended. The guide needs...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Located on the top floor of Hotel Viru, which was constructed to be the jewel in the crown of Tallinn's tourism industry, is this terrifying testament to Soviet-era paranoia and the living embodiment of Orwellian totalitarianism. What the unsuspecting guests didn't know, is that their...More

Thank Joel W
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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

Small but interesting museum about secret 23rd floor at the Viru hotel. Very inspiring tour guide. Well worth a visit.

Thank nicabr
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

You cannot help but be moved by the terrors that thee poor innocent people suffered at the hands of these monsters. When suicide is classed as the easiest way out it gives you some idea of what it must have been like, with mutilation and...More

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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

This tour takes about an hour and cost €11 each. You must book as the area is quite small- there were approx 22 of us. The views from the top of the Viru are outstanding (floor 23) and you get to go out on the...More

Thank Mooster
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Two rooms filled with 70's technologies - old phones and data processing equipment. Wonderful guide will tell you about the history of the hotel and the efforts of the KGB to keep taps on all the hotel guests. be ready to spend 45 ina two-room...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

A step into a snapshot of recent Estonian history involving the Hotel Viru and the KGB. An interesting narration of the time and events of the 70's and 80's and how they played out. We found the tour fascinating and our host, Pavel was charming...More

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Iilmei
6 September 2017|
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Response from poohpah | Reviewed this property |
And if the Viru desk has a stampede of Finnish tourists (doubtful since summer vacation is over but anyway), also the desk of other smaller hotel in the same lobby can book it for you.
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Raysea1188
30 June 2015|
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Response from Retsil86 | Reviewed this property |
This is an old question but may be useful for future visits. All you need to do is ring the hotel and book. They speak English so no language problems.
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