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Kiek in de Kök

Photo by: Toomas Tuul

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Kiek in de Kök

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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 902 reviews

Open/ Available

01.03-31.10 Tue-Sun 10.30-18
01.11-28.02 Tue-Sun 10-17.30

Fees

Ticket 6.00€
Child ticket 4.00€
Family ticket 12.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

kok@linnamuuseum.ee

+372 644 6686

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Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

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8cm
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  • threshold hight over 2,5 cm
  • height in cm above the symbol
6
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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 6.00€
Child ticket 4.00€
Family ticket 12.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

kok@linnamuuseum.ee

+372 644 6686

Information

More

Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

UNDEFINED MESSAGE 'before-inva-ligipaas_puudub'
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

"Interesting trip to the past"

4.0

October 22, 2017, by Jan R

I have visited Tallinn probably more than 30 times over the last 25 years and this last visit was the first time I heard about the underground tunnels underneath the Bastions. Very interesting and... Read more

"Passage tour"

4.0

October 21, 2017, by Rosemary W

Not for the faint hearted, down into the depths but a fascinating tour going through the ages of their history. About 90 minutes walking having climbed down steps. This tour has to be pre-booked. Read more

"interesting walk through the Bastion passages"

4.0

October 14, 2017, by claireym50

I thought my tour of the Bastion passages was really interesting. They were split into sections focussing on the people who used them. We also saw the carved stone museum and could go up the Kiek in... Read more

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