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Photo by: Toomas Tuul

Photo by: Tallinn City Museum

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 1140 reviews

Location (map)

Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn

Old Town

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Distance from:

Airport

6.6km

Harbour

2.7km

Train station

1.00km

Bus station

3.20km

Open/ Available

2019:
01.10-30.04 Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun 10-17, Thu 10-20
01.05-30.09 Mon-Sun 9-18
Closed 26.08; 9-10.09

2020:
01.10-30.04 Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun 10-17, Thu 10-20
01.05-30.09 Mon-Sun 10-18

Fees

Ticket 14.00€
Child ticket 8.00€
Family ticket 28.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

kok@linnamuuseum.ee

+372 644 6686

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Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

No accessibility
  • accessibility is restricted
  • object is located on the second or higher floor, only steps for access
  • more than one person's help is needed for accessibility
8cm
High treshold
  • threshold hight over 2,5 cm
  • height in cm above the symbol
6
Steps
  • number of steps above the symbol

Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum

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The Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum, with its underground passages and defence towers, immerses visitors in the fascinating history of the city of Tallinn. Walk the town wall from one tower to another, and discover the unique fortifications while enjoying the view of the Old Town. 

The Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum consists of three interconnected parts:

- The Kiek in de Kök artillery tower 

- The underground bastion passages and the Carved Stone Museum

- The Maiden’s Tower (Neitsitorn) museum-café, Stable Tower (Tallitorn) and Gate Tower (Väravatorn) 

Kiek in de Kök (‘peek into the kitchen’ in Low German), the mightiest artillery tower in the Baltics, was originally built in the 1470s. Today, the tower is a museum for the town’s fortifications: anyone interested in walls, towers, cannons and the like should drop into the tower-turned-museum. In addition to examples of medieval firepower, there are displays detailing how the city's system of walls and towers developed through the centuries as well as exhibits covering crime and punishment and other facets of life in old Tallinn. You can also enjoy magnificent views of the city from the tower’s 6th floor. 

Kiek in de Kök is the starting place for visitors interested in the fascinating system of hidden tunnels (Bastion Passages) from the 17th and 18th centuries that run underneath the old bastions of Toompea hill. The tunnels also house the Carved Stone Museum, where you can explore Tallinn’s history through a display of decorated portals, pillars, reliefs and other carved stone fragments from the 16th to 19th centuries.  

The Maiden's Tower (Neitsitorn), once built as a defence tower in the 14th century, has also been an artists’ home and a popular bar. Today, you can sip coffee in its swank café, walk along the town wall for some amazing views or explore the displays on Tallinn’s café culture, sweets makers and the fascinating history of the tower itself.   

From the Maiden’s Tower, you can access the Stable Tower (Tallitorn) and Gate Tower (Väravatorn) atop the town wall. 

Entrance to the Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum is free with the Tallinn Card

Location (map)

Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn

Old Town

More

Distance from:

Airport

6.6km

Harbour

2.7km

Train station

1.00km

Bus station

3.20km

Open/ Available

2019:
01.10-30.04 Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun 10-17, Thu 10-20
01.05-30.09 Mon-Sun 9-18
Closed 26.08; 9-10.09

2020:
01.10-30.04 Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun 10-17, Thu 10-20
01.05-30.09 Mon-Sun 10-18

Fees

Ticket 14.00€
Child ticket 8.00€
Family ticket 28.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

kok@linnamuuseum.ee

+372 644 6686

Information

More

Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

No accessibility
  • accessibility is restricted
  • object is located on the second or higher floor, only steps for access
  • more than one person's help is needed for accessibility
8cm
High treshold
  • threshold hight over 2,5 cm
  • height in cm above the symbol
6
Steps
  • number of steps above the symbol
TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"History and views"

4.0

December 7, 2019, by ww_1984

Visited Kiek and the other towers mid-morning. A lot of history here, particularly in the Kiek in de Kok tower. Exhibit details different periods or aspects to Tallinn and Estonias history and... Read more

"Kiek in de Kok as well as 3 more towers"

4.0

December 4, 2019, by Tufftey

Went to visit the Kiek in de Kok quite late in the afternoon and found that we could only visit the Kiek in de Kok and three other towers, as it was too close to closing time to be able to visit the... Read more

"Really interesting"

4.0

December 1, 2019, by L5408EGrebeccad

The museum was very interesting with each floor of the tower having a different theme. The Bastion Tunnels were a tad creepy but worth the visit. The history and the uses of them over the years was... Read more

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