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Photo by: Toomas Tuul

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 1035 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

01.10-30.04 Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun 10-17, Thu 10-20
01.05-30.09 Mon-Sun 9-18

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

Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum

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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 is free with 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

01.10-30.04 Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun 10-17, Thu 10-20
01.05-30.09 Mon-Sun 9-18

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

"First choice for things to do in Tallinn"

4.0

January 13, 2019, by Bumpychick

If youve not got much time in Tallinn, I would recommend you put this on your list of things to do. Bastion Passages have to be pre-booked, but you can phone them or turn up and book on a tour going... Read more

"Pretty average museum, not a lot to see "

4.0

January 1, 2019, by Melissa O

For €7 the museum isn’t overpriced, but I was pretty underwhelmed by the exhibits. Unfortunately we missed the bastion tour which would have been interesting, make sure you time your trip to attend... Read more

"Very Interesting"

4.0

December 28, 2018, by AlanHassall

Allow several hours to see everything here, and try to time your visit for a guided tour of the tunnels (11.30 for the English tour seems a good time). Read more

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