Attractions & museums

    Hotel Viru and KGB Museum

    Those intrigued by the city's secret history can take the guided tour of the KGB Museum on the 23rd floor of Sokos Hotel Viru.

    In Soviet times it was rumoured that the KGB had files on everyone and that they operated in the Viru Hotel. The latter rumour turned out to be true, as you will see on this fascinating tour. Not only will you get an inkling for what the operatives were up to, you'll also get some great insights into the history of the hotel, which was designated exclusively for foreign guests visiting the USSR.

    To continue the 1980s throwback theme, you can pay a visit to the hotel's second floor Currency Bar.

    Advance booking required.

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    • Lifting the curtain on Soviet spying and secrecy.

      tripadvisor rating 5 of 5
      May 31, 2022 By midway42

      Every Communist dictatorship worth their weight in tin has a hotel in the capital city that provides “special hospitality” to those foreigners privileged enough to stay the night: North Korea’s... Read more comments

    • Good for those interested in Soviet / USSR history, but book early!

      tripadvisor rating 4 of 5
      May 29, 2022 By TArneM

      Having an interest in Soviet / USSR history, this was an interesting and enjoyable ~1 hour experience; the guide was knowledgeable with amusing deliverance, providing interesting stories about the... Read more comments

    • Not really a KGB museum

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      February 19, 2022 By Michael D

      While KGB is part of this tour, it’s more a tour about the hotel itself and its role in bringing in western currency to the USSR, which is fascinating in itself. The KGB element is just a part of... Read more comments