Year-round
Dates
4h
Duration
2+
Min group size
Age 0-3
Free
Age 4-12
Child fare

Behind The Iron Curtain – Secrets Of The Soviets

Visit the site of a secret air defense base and landmarks from the Moscow Olympics as we explore the legacy of the soviet occupation.
Take this spectacular drive along Tallinn’s coast to get a feel for the area’s natural beauty and fascinating maritime and soviet history! You’ll visit the Olympic Centre built in Tallinn for the Moscow Olympics and hear how the yachting competitions were organised during soviet times.  On the Viimsi peninsula, you’ll visit the abandoned soviet air-defence base and Coastal Folk Museum’s exhibiton introducing stories about time behind the iron curtain. Picture-postcard views of the Old Town skyline can be admired from Tallinn TV tower.

PRICE INCLUDES: personal pick up and return from your hotel, guide service, transport, entrance fees to museums.

FOR EXTRA CHARGE: Lunch or coffee break is available on request in restaurants of Viimsi or in TV tower.

PICK UP PLACE AND TIME: hotel, as agreed.

LANGUAGES: English.

1

Learn about the historical background of soviet times at Freedom Square

Starting from the end of the story, we provide an introduction to the historical background of the soviet occupation of Estonia at the symbol of Estonian independence, the “Statue of Liberty”, centrally located in Freedom Square. We will tell you about dramatic and humorous issues and memories (including pictures from the time) which will stay with us for the whole tour.
2

See soviet architecture in Tallinn city centre and visit the place where the Estonian people sang themselves to freedom

Heading towards the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds we pass the former Headquarters of the KGB at the legendary Hotel Viru and buildings that represent Stalinist architecture in Tallinn. Stopping at the Song Festival Grounds we will try to give you a feeling of the emotions that filled the stage in the late 1980s when the Singing Revolution took place here and the Estonian people sang themselves to freedom.
3

Visit the former Olympic Centre, home to the yachting events for the Moscow Olympics in 1980

Continuing the tour along the Eastern coast from Tallinn, we will tell you the controversial stories about the Memorial of Maarjamäe and the former Olympic Centre where the yachting for the Moscow Olympics took place in 1980. Following the coastline, which was partially closed as part of the border zone established during soviet times, we visit the Coastal Folk Museum  to get acquainted with a soviet collective farm exhibition.
4

Explore an abandoned air-force base and get a best view over Tallinn from the TV tower

Ending up at the peninsula of Viimsi, we take a walk to an abandoned air force base in the forest where strategic rockets were installed until the restoration of independence in Estonia in the early 1990s. On our way back to Tallinn city centre we visit the Tallinn TV tower (also built in 1980 for Moscow Olympics) to get to know more about the unbelievable building strategies employed by the soviets, their censorship of the media, and the dangerous events when Estonia declared its independence in 1991. Our drive back to the city centre also takes us through the biggest city district built in soviet times, a high-rise area of apartment blocks named Lasnamäe.
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Optional tips to enhance your experience:

  • order a yacht for 1 -2 hours to take a sailing cruise on Olympic yachting trails in Pirita;
  • order a Soviet-style-food outdoor picnic;
  • when you are at least 6 person group, have a tour with soviet-style retrobus.

Prices for Behind The Iron Curtain – Secrets Of The Soviets

Number of participants:Price per person:Children 4-12 years:
1168 euros168 euros
2-389 euros59 euros
4-569 euros39 euros
6-759 euros29 euros
8 and more49 euros19 euros

Tour Reviews

3. Apr 2016

Behind the Iron Curtain
We had an excellent half day tour visiting a variety of places related to the sad days when Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union – including an abandoned airbase, the television tower, the outdoor stage where people assembled as the USSR broke up. All explained much better than I can by our guide, Annika. It was a unique experience to hear first hand what it was like to live under Soviet rule, how terrible it was to live under occupation under Stalin, the liberation and subsequent success of Estonia. Would highly recommend on your visit to Tallinn!

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