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KGB Building, Riga

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KGB Building keeps dark secrets of interrogations, torture, and the executions of thousands. Set foot in the dark hallways of the former secret police headquarters, or "the house on the corner," as the locals called it between 1940 and 1991 during Soviet rule. Visit a stark prison cell, outfitted with only a pallet to sleep on and a window that lets in a small ray of light. Personal effects that prisoners took with them on a journey without return, such as a teddy bear or a bit sand from their spouse's grave, make the exhibits hauntingly real. Keep in mind that, while you can access part of the museum on your own, you'll need to join a tour to see others. Check the website in advance for English-language tour times. PutKGB Building into our Riga sightseeing planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • A small group tour around this chilling reminder of man’s capacity for evil. The tour leader was very informative and, as a group, the more questions you ask, the more you get out of it. We almost... 
    A small group tour around this chilling reminder of man’s capacity for evil. The tour leader was very informative and, as a group, the more questions you ask, the more you get out of it. We almost...  more »
  • Amazing side of Chekka/KGB operations in Riga. Awful conditions of mainly innocent prisoners in a repressed time for everyone. Disturbing history and detail proving killings of prisoners held in the....  more
    Amazing side of Chekka/KGB operations in Riga. Awful conditions of mainly innocent prisoners in a repressed time for everyone. Disturbing history and detail proving killings of prisoners held in the....  more »
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  • The tour was very interesting and informative. The tour guide was speaking interestingly and was entertaining. He was very nice and answered all of the guest questions. He also said that the building will be closing in a few years because it is in a bad state and will not be safe to visit soon. The tickets are 8€ for adults or 4€ for students. There is also a free exhibiton for all visitors.
  • Fantastic visit of this KGB headquarter back in the Cold War. The guide was very interesting and knowledgeable. We had an hour to kill before our tour so we watched some videos of people who were held prisoner in this building. We learned a lot in these videos and it was nice to have this before the tour.

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