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Address: Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
Phone Number:
+372 680 9300
10:00 - 17:30
Closed now
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:30

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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I found it fascinating that all the stories one heard of the cold war were actually true! A good guide and worth a visit

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
yvonne b
cambridge UK
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Fergus, Ontario, Canada
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a fascinating tour explaining the spying and surveillance activities of the KGB in the exact spot where it occurred. I loved all tne stories that the guide shared with us about the James Bond type activities during the Soviet era - even the ashtrays wwere bugged!!! I highly re ommend the tour. Make sure you make reservations ahead... More 

Thank ChrisL03
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located in the vitru hotel, make reservation with hotel staff, 11 euro, tour lasts about an hour. The tour guide knew his stuff- could have been done in 30 minutes. It's a few rooms - a couple of cool photo ops. It doesn't seem to be busy so you can book the same day.

Thank Diana M
Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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582 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The visit could have done with less people in the group. If you were at the back it was difficult to see the items the guide was showing. We saw the 2 rooms the KGB had used in the hotel. The guides stories were interesting. The tour takes 1 hour and you need to book in advance.

Thank warboys
cambridge UK
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found it fascinating that all the stories one heard of the cold war were actually true! A good guide and worth a visit

Thank yvonne b
Espoo, Finland
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29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and my fiancee visited the museum as part of our two day long Tallinn visit. The museum was small but the guide was excellent! Born in the early seventies, she had a personal touch to the Sovjet era in Estonia and Viru hotel in particular.

Thank janH1000EP
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Needs advance booking, although there was still availability when my tour with English guide started at 11:30am. There were only 2 English tours a day. It's not a small group, more than 20 persons visited 2 cramped rooms on the top floor of the Hotel Viru, listened to some surveillance or spy stories. Although it definitely not a cozy place... More 

Thank MissHK2009
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mielettömän kiinnostava, suosittelen vahvasti. Meidän opas sai meidät vietyä aikamatkalle aikojen taakse, hauskalla tavalla. If you visit Tallinn, this little museum is must! Our guide took us to the interesting journey trough years which were not the best times of Estonia.

Thank Tuide2014
Chorley, United Kingdom
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172 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

You have to book in advance, there's only a couple of English tours a day. You book and pay downstairs and take the elevator to the top floor. There's only 2 rooms to see and lot a lot in there, so the tour guide really has to stretch it out. Worth it if you have a rainy afternoon.

Thank turgonuk
Helsinki, Finland
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Small room on top of the hotel Viru (1975?), 23rd floor overlooking the old town of Tallinn, but very interesting indeed. Worth a visit.

Thank LuigiKravato
Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

The tour has to be booked in the reception of the hotel for €11. I was very exited to see a proper presentation of stuff from the KGB. But the tour was a big disappointment. The guide tried to make people laugh with stories that have not link with the stuff showed. On the other hand, all stuffed were just... More 

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