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Photo by: Toomas Tuul

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 1022 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

01.06 - 31. 08 Mon-Sun 10:00-17:30
01.09-31.05 Tue-Sun 10:30 - 17.30
Closed 25.09.2018

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

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

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. 

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

01.06 - 31. 08 Mon-Sun 10:00-17:30
01.09-31.05 Tue-Sun 10:30 - 17.30
Closed 25.09.2018

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

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

"Beware"

4.0

November 12, 2018, by 311ATINA

Says on website that it closes at 5 but when we arrived after 4 we werent allowed in the tunnels or on the old walls. We were told to return the following day but as we were leaving the following... Read more

"Lots of steps!"

4.0

October 29, 2018, by supersaint76

We had a great visit here. Lots of really interesting things to see and full of history, be aware that there are a lot of steps to climb though! Read more

"Worth all those steps"

4.0

September 25, 2018, by D38lawn

Didnt do the tunnel tour, put off by reviews! Different levels with different exhibits. Model of the old town gives you a sense of how it looked. Weapons part interesting. We were also able to walk... Read more

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