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Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 1041 reviews

Location (map)

Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn

Old Town

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Distance from:

Airport

4.30km

Harbour

1.90km

Train station

1.00km

Bus station

2.30km

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 9.00€
Child ticket 6.00€
Family ticket 18.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

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Contact

kok@linnamuuseum.ee

+372 644 6686

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The mysterious Bastion passages, dating back to the 17th to 18th centuries, run beneath Toompea and are an integral part of the city’s defence system together with the town wall and its towers. Enter the tunnels through the Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum to learn about their fascinating history and to view Tallinn from below.

Like any respectable medieval town, Tallinn has its share of underground passageways, particularly the defensive tunnel systems built during the time of Swedish rule in the 17th century. 

Back then, attack was a constant worry, so city planners constructed high bastion walls around the outside of the fortified city. They also installed tunnels under the base of the walls so they could safely move soldiers and ammunition where needed, not to mention spy on the enemy.

With time, some tunnels were forgotten. As late as 2003, workers digging a foundation near the Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom found a pentagonal system of limestone-lined tunnels dating from the end of the 17th century.

Other tunnels have always been well known, in particular the Bastion Tunnels that run underneath Harju Hill and Linda Hill at the edge of Toompea. They were built in the 1670s but were hardly used until the 20th century, when they were repurposed as bomb shelters during World War II. During the Soviet period, they were further modernised to add electricity, running water, ventilation and a phone connection. 

Today, visitors can see some of the old equipment leftover from that era, as well as parts of the tunnels that retain their more medieval look. 

The passages are accessible only with guided tours booked in advance. Tours are held Tuesday to Sunday and can be booked at the museum (+3726446686). Please bear in mind that the temperature in the tunnels is 10-12 ⁰C year-round, so be sure to wear something warmer during summer months; the museum also has blankets.  

The Bastion Passages are part of the Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum. You can enter the passages either through the Kiek in de Kök artillery tower or the Maiden’s Tower (Neitsitorn) museum-café. 

The Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum, including the Bastion Passages, is free with the Tallinn Card.

Location (map)

Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn

Old Town

More

Distance from:

Airport

4.30km

Harbour

1.90km

Train station

1.00km

Bus station

2.30km

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 9.00€
Child ticket 6.00€
Family ticket 18.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Website

Visit website

Contact

kok@linnamuuseum.ee

+372 644 6686

Information

More

Child-friendly

 

WiFi area

 

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"You ought to see this"

4.0

February 18, 2019, by Norwegian_couple4

Back to the medieval age. Impressive bastions and underground passages. Good guide in the passages, but took over an hour Read more

"Nice to look back for centures"

4.0

February 13, 2019, by Katrin K

Baston passages undeground are impressive and heated during winter. Tower is nicely renovated. Take a guide to get the story. Warm food in Neitsitorn is poor and cold. Read more

"NOW IMAGINE YOU’RE COMING here for the 1470s tower only to find out that the full deal"

4.0

February 8, 2019, by thejonpage

... would include a tour to its underground passages. Which means you’re in two for one, for they’re both part of the same fortification system but with vastly opposite atmosphere. And so I’d... Read more

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