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KGB Museum

Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
+372 680 9300
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Super informative with a dry sense of humor

This was a great tour. The focus is really on the presence of the KGB in Hotel Viru in Estonia and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mary M
Excellent insight into recent history

I booked this tour a few months before I travelled (on advice from previous visitors); there are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 4 days ago

This was a great tour. The focus is really on the presence of the KGB in Hotel Viru in Estonia and their relationship with the hotel from its inception to when the KGB left. I was pleasantly surprised at how informative and interesting the tour...More

1  Thank Mary M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I booked this tour a few months before I travelled (on advice from previous visitors); there are only a limited number of places per tour (I think about 15); cost was €11; I thought it was very good; made all the better by the excellent...More

1  Thank Petal090
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

1. Too expensive. (11euros) 2. Just two small rooms, even not space enough for all visitors. 3. The guide's style was too humorous during the whoole visit. Okay with some anekdotes, but we should not forget, that the activity of KGB was deeply tragic.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

During the Soviet era, the 23rd floor of the Hotel Viru, housed a KGB radio centre, used to eavesdrop and spy on the hotel guests. 60 of the hotel rooms had concealed espionage devices, and even some of the tables in the restaurant had microphones....More

3  Thank NeilC2607
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The museum has only 2 chambers which are very small. On the website was said that the guided tour would take around 1.5 hours. Our tour only took 50 minutes. Top expensive for what we have seen. The guide mentioned 10 times that everything that...More

Thank Amber V
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

Memories from socialistic realism. Guide on tour was splendid. Rooms are in authentic conditions, but very little material, because KGB destroyed a lot.

Thank jarmojalkanen
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Reviewed 11 April 2018 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 11 April 2018 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 10 April 2018 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

Thank Brooke M
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 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

Thank Somsubhro C
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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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