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Kiek in de Kök

Photo by: Toomas Tuul
Kiek in de Kök
Photo by: Paul Kuimet
Kiek in de Kök
Photo by: Paul Kuimet
Kiek in de Kök
Photo by: Paul Kuimet
Kiek in de Kök
Photo by: Paul Kuimet
Kiek in de Kök

Kiek in de Kök

Sightseeing

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 806 reviews

Open/ Available
01.03-31.10 Tue-Sun 10.30-18
01.11-28.02 Tue-Sun 10-17.30

Fees  
Ticket 5.00€
Child ticket 3.00€
Family ticket 10.00€
Free with Tallinn Card
Location (map) More
Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn Old Town  

Distance from:
Airport 6.6km
Harbour 2.7km
Train station 1.00km
Bus station 3.20km
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

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This massive, 38m-high cannon tower houses an extensive museum of the town's fortifications, weapons and medieval-era life.

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 the Tallinn of old.

Kiek in de Kök is also the starting place for visitors interested in the fascinating system of hidden tunnels (Bastion Passages) that run underneath the old bastions of Toompea hill.

The tower's unusual name literally means “Peek into the Kitchen.” The structure was so high that medieval guards joked they could see right down the chimneys and into the kitchens of the houses below.

Kiek in de Kök was originally built in the 1470s, but quickly expanded and strengthened with walls that are four metres thick. During the Livonian war in the late 1500s, Ivan the Terrible's forces managed to blow a huge hole through the top storey, but the tower held. During post-war repairs, a row of four cannon balls was placed in the newly patched stone wall as a memorial. You can still see them on the tower's south east side.

While at the museum, be sure to pay a visit to the top floor café where you can get some beautiful Old Town views.

Entrance to Kiek in de Kök and Bastion Passages with Tallinn Card is free. 

Open/ Available
01.03-31.10 Tue-Sun 10.30-18
01.11-28.02 Tue-Sun 10-17.30

Fees  
Ticket 5.00€
Child ticket 3.00€
Family ticket 10.00€
Free with Tallinn Card
Location (map) More
Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn Old Town  

Distance from:
Airport 6.6km
Harbour 2.7km
Train station 1.00km
Bus station 3.20km
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
Tripadvisor
4.0 based on 806 reviews

“A gem underground”

4.0

May 17, 2017, by Sampsa R

This is a highly interesting tour. All of our children (aged 9 - 14) thouroghly liked it. A lot of effort has been put into restoring the underground passages and some of the artefacts date back to... Read more

 

“Historic Tower”

4.0

May 15, 2017, by Flyngdtchmn

Kiek in de Kök, the artillery tower in Tallinn. The 38 m tower, just outside of old Town was used to watch nearby houses kitchens and it gained the name "Peep into the Kitchen". The tower serves as... Read more

 

“Built in 17th Century”

4.0

May 12, 2017, by yvonne b

Most medieval cities built underground passages / tunnels for moving arms and people around the fortified cities. Built by the Swedes and not reall used again until during the Russian period in the... Read more

 
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