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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 887 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
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

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

“My favourite attraction in Tallinn”

4.0

September 18, 2017, by DanB1988

The tower museum is very good and gives you a great insight into the violent past of Tallinn and the range of defences it used to protect itself. However, the main highlight was the tour of the... Read more

 

“Disappointment!!!”

4.0

September 12, 2017, by Heather186534

We visited Tallinn last week for 3 days. I had researched things to do and was intrigued by the tower and its history. I am currently waiting for a knee operation so stairs are a real problem to me... Read more

 

“Tallinn from the Bottom to the Top”

4.0

September 10, 2017, by Davanden

We stopped into the Kiek in de Kok to make reservations for a tunnel tour and were lucky to catch one in English that was just starting. The tunnel tour takes you backwards in time, starting with... Read more

 
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