The sturdy Maiden's Tower (Neitsitorn), once built as a defence tower in the 14th century, has had a colourful history as an artists’ home and a popular bar. Today, you can sip coffee in its swank café, walk along the town wall for some amazing views or explore the displays on Tallinn’s café culture, sweet makers and the fascinating story of the tower itself.
Meghede torne, as it was originally called after its first tower master Hinse Meghe, was built as part of the town’s defence system in the 14th century along with the wall that runs through the Danish King’s Garden. In the 18th century, the tower was repurposed as a two-storey residence and, right up to its reconstruction at the end of the 1960s, was home to many prominent Estonian artists such as painters Kristjan and Paul Raud and architect Karl Burman.
On New Year's Eve in 1980, the original Neitsitorn bar was born. Though extremely popular, the beloved 80s party spot did not survive the economic turmoil of the following decade. Today, the tower has found a new life as a museum-café. The various displays invite you to explore Tallinn’s lively café culture, history of Estonian sweet makers in the 1920s and 1930s, and photos about the medieval defence tower’s life as a quaint town house in the beginning of the last century.
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There were two different price 10€ for the four towers only and 14€ for a combination ticket - Four towers plus Bastion tunnels. We only pay for the towers and walkthrough the wall although it was... Read more comments
It was a very interesting museum and its connected to the Kiek in de Kök Museum and Bastion Tunnels which takes you thru the history of the use of the tunnels, etc. Overall, worth a visit.
For a small charge we were able to climb the tower and walk along the town walls - a fun experience and worth doing.