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Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 1030 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

1.11-28.02 Tue-Sun 10:00-17:30
1.03-31.05 Tue-Sun 10:30-18:00
1.06-31.08 Mon-Sun 10:00-17:30
Closed 25.09.2018

2019
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 13.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

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Contact

kok@linnamuuseum.ee

+372 644 6686

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WiFi area

 

Tour the 1670s-era military tunnels that run beneath Toompea to learn their fascinating history and 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.

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 to where they were needed, not to mention spy on the enemy.

Some tunnels were forgotten. As late as 2003, workers digging a foundation near the Occupation Museum found a pentagonal system of limestone-lined tunnels dating to 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, which are open for tours. They were built in the 1670s, but hardly used until the 20th century when they renovated into bomb shelters in time for World War II. During the Soviet period they were further modernized to add electricity, running water, ventilation and phones.

On the tunnel tour, visitors can see some of the old equipment leftover from that era, as well as parts of the tunnel that still retain their more medieval look. The tour includes a slow-moving train ride, where guests are shown the various stages of the tunnels' past, and even a few decades into their possible future.

Tours are held Tuesday to Sunday and can be booked at the Kiek in de Kök tower and museum (+3726446686).

Entrance is free with 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

1.11-28.02 Tue-Sun 10:00-17:30
1.03-31.05 Tue-Sun 10:30-18:00
1.06-31.08 Mon-Sun 10:00-17:30
Closed 25.09.2018

2019
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 13.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Website

Visit website

Contact

kok@linnamuuseum.ee

+372 644 6686

Information

More

Child-friendly

 

WiFi area

 

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Must-do in Tallinn"

4.0

December 5, 2018, by offthewalls

Visited Tallinn in June and this is a must-visit location for any visitor. Our group included 3 teenage kids who thought the entire museum, including the tunnels below, was a fascinating way to... Read more

"Interesting museum"

4.0

December 3, 2018, by Jenniepearson

I loved the fact you. Outdoor walk so much of the walls,here the tower museum was great with well laid out varied exhibits the tiny chocolate museum was disappointing but the rest of it more than... Read more

"Going underground"

4.0

December 3, 2018, by car-e237

Guided tours of the bastion passages with an informed local guide. Very interesting place to visit & quite extensive tunnels. Tied in with Kiek in de kok which you explore at your own pace. Another... Read more

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