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Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 1071 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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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. 

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

"Youll see it from Toompea Hill"

4.0

June 20, 2019, by Luv2TravelFarNWide

This red-roofed medieval fortification tower is called "Kiek in de Kok" (German for "peek in the kitchen"). It got its name from a legend about some soldiers in the tower who liked to peek from the... Read more

"spying on the neighbors kitchen"

4.0

June 20, 2019, by palawanismyhome

So called as the soldiers in the tower could see into the nearby kitchens. (meaning Peep into the kitchen). The tower was constructed 600 years ago and was renovated at least twice. The 38m tower is... Read more

"Interesting Walk - kind of reminds of Game of Thrones scenes"

4.0

May 20, 2019, by nobodee

Its essentially the Maidens Tower, and quite interesting walk. I didnt think theres anything new that can be seen from here that you cannot see from the courtyard, but it does offer different... Read more

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