Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum

Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum

Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum
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The tower Kiek in de Kök together with the passages of the Ingrian and Swedish bastions is an exciting part of Tallinn historical fortifications.The exhibition of “Kiek in de Kök and Bastion Passages” reopened in March 2010 takes the visitor to a time journey that begins in 1219 and offers experience, information and entertainment. With the help of innovative video- and sound-effects and means of multimedia the birth and evolution of Tallinn, the history of town fortifications and the most significant military events are introduced to the visitor.The time train in the bastion passages takes the tourist to 2219. The other part of the passage display concentrates on the history of the passages.The cafe on the uppermost floor of the tower offers magnificent views of the upper town Toompea, the lower town and the harbor.
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  • m50lws
    186 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A view into the various ages of the city.
    On Tallinn Day (15th May) this museum is only 1 euro, making it really good value. The Bastion passages are a long tunnel, which you then have to return along to exit. There are some steep steps early on, uneven ground at many parts and some low headroom parts. My 1.6m tall wife was having to duck sometimes. The exhibits are interesting if sometimes a little repetitive. The tower started with modern steps but nearer the to the original steep steps were all that were available. Free lockers did help with not having to carry your stuff all the way round.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 May 2023
  • LostInTime
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania11,724 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    This was very cool. I loved the old towers. The whole walls of the city are awesome. Adding a museum made total sense. The whole city is great and the walls towers and their story is great.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Karen K
    Menton, France6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kiek in de Kök in Tallinn
    Was an interesting exhibition - this is a defense tower from the 15th century. I especially liked to imagine how life could actually have happened in the 15th-16th centuries. Teenage children were deeply impressed by the bastion tunnels.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • AAleR
    Saint John, Canada407 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tunnels are great
    This venue is well worth a visit. The various displays are well put together and educational. The highlight for me was the tunnels that served various purposes over time. A very good way to escape either a rainy or blistering hot couple of hours.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 July 2023
  • ADM1959
    Linlithgow, United Kingdom538 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unusual but interesting if you have the time.
    Unusual and interesting museum. Fascinating to see the different ways the bastion tunnels have been used over time, from their original defensive purposes, to bomb shelters, storage, a punk hang-out, homeless accommodation and now a museum. We picked up bits of info while we walked through. The towers have displays ranging from military defence to the life and times of families and cafés during the 20th century in Tallinn. Good views from various points in or between the towers. Here as elsewhere, we noticed that there are several references to the period of occupations etc but the USSR is almost never referred to by name. NB in both the tunnels and the towers, many of the steps are rough and uneven. Probably not suitable if you feel unsteady on your feet. There's a small café up between the towers where we enjoyed coffee and pastries (no savoury eats).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Explorer
    158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating tunnels
    Well worth a visit for an insight into local history. Walking the tunnels was fascinating with lots of information and displays on the way (in Estonian & English). Of note if you are in Tallinn on first Sunday of the month admission to this and some other Tallinn City museums are free.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Satu88888888
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice place!
    We had only a couple of hours in Tallinn but the towers were well worth the visit! We didn't go into the bastions as we didn't have enough time but maybe next time! We really enjoyed the views from the tower and the bridge connecting the towers.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Tavis
    Angmering, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An great afternoon learning a lot of history about Tallinn's fortifications
    The Bastion Passages were really good and well worth the visit - lots of interesting history from different periods of Tallinn's history, including medieval, wars, occupation and more recent times. The Towers were also good, although were not as interesting as the passage part of the museum. We were also lucky to visit on the first Sunday of the month, when the museum is free - if you are visiting Tallinn early in the month it is worth looking out for this offer.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Neale1810
    Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom2,729 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exploring underground
    We had walked past the entrance of this museum a number of times in our visit to Tallinn but hadn’t seen it. It was only when I was watching a YouTube video on our last night that I realised it was there. You can buy tickets for the underground tunnels or climbing the tower and walls or both. We had done a tower and wall climb on another section the day before so we just went into the tunnels - €5 each. You go quite a way down before walking through the tunnels. There is plenty of space to walk through so it didn’t feel claustrophobic to me. There are plenty of boards to read and videos to watch which describe the history of the tunnels through the ages. Strangely it starts with the last 20 years and then goes back in time as you walk along. Thoroughly enjoyed it
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 September 2023
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Del
Dublin, Ireland47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Saw this as a thing to do while in Talinn, the tunnel is interesting but its way over priced at 12 euro each per adult, they said we needed the ticket for the second part but you didnt. The gate was open for anyone to walk in.
Written 31 December 2023
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caro
Finchingfield, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
What an enlightening experience. Learned about the history of Tallinn over many centuries and explored it both underground and overground. Loved the museums in the towers especially the one on the history of coffee houses in the city.
Written 21 December 2023
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Sarny
Bexleyheath, UK487 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We visited as 4 adult family members - we loved walking about and the information boards are all also in English and interesting. Best for us were the Bastion Passages - very interesting history and a fun spooky walk.
Written 18 November 2023
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Rachworldtraveller45
Kent, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Thoroughly enjoyed our trip walking along the old walls and exploring the medieval city towers. A must do for visitors to Tallin to experience the history and authenticity of the medieval ages
Lots of steps up the towers but can be broken up in stages and a handy little cafe mid way to enjoy an Aperol spritz
Written 22 September 2023
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Neale1810
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK2,729 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We had walked past the entrance of this museum a number of times in our visit to Tallinn but hadn’t seen it. It was only when I was watching a YouTube video on our last night that I realised it was there.

You can buy tickets for the underground tunnels or climbing the tower and walls or both. We had done a tower and wall climb on another section the day before so we just went into the tunnels - €5 each.

You go quite a way down before walking through the tunnels. There is plenty of space to walk through so it didn’t feel claustrophobic to me.

There are plenty of boards to read and videos to watch which describe the history of the tunnels through the ages. Strangely it starts with the last 20 years and then goes back in time as you walk along.

Thoroughly enjoyed it
Written 12 September 2023
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Jerome Morrow
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I visited the museum on the first Sunday of the month, so it was pretty packed. The tower itself has some entertaining stories to offer. However, at the moment, the most exciting parts of the exhibition are undergoing renovation. Yet, the tower has a steady connection with the rest of the fortification chain, so it's probably one of the most breathtaking viewing platforms available in the city. Plus, you can have a cup of coffee in the Maiden Tower's cafe (also accessible from the Kiek in de Kok Tower)

The underground tunnels were also fascinating. I must warn you that it's a relatively long walk, and some parts of the tunnels are too dark. But the overall complexity of the underground exhibition is truly amazing. Get ready to meet knights, nobles, soviet bureaucrats, and kids (thankfully, only as mannequins). The collection of carved stones was also spectacular. It makes you genuinely want to spend more time in the lower town, looking at the embedded elements of architectural design left from the early Renaissance.
Written 10 September 2023
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goodguyjas
London, UK1,202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Excellent Museum covering four towers and passages. Good value ticket. Lots to see and read about these early medieval times and how people lived in the walled city. Incredible so much survived considering the place was bombed in ww2. The exhibition areas over the various tower floors are stunning, with brilliant models, recreations of scenes, weapons, music, paintings, interactive parts, views of the town and lots to read.

The tower staircases are quite tight but manageable and not too scary. A number of areas are easily reached by modern stairs and walkways. I did find it confusing not to have a route to follow but luckily it wasn’t too busy. Loved the little coffee shop area. Had a lovely cheesecake here. I was surprised that there was a lot of history on the evolution of coffee shops from this location from the beginning of the 1700s. Quite fascinating considering we think of the concept as fairy modern.

The passage section was also interesting and not too claustrophobic for me. It is easy to walk through and not very low ceilings. Lots to read about the original early purpose to move soldiers between parts of the city and surprisingly occupied by homeless people for some time in modern times. There is also a look at the German occupation and the Cold War period, as it was used as a possible shelter against a third world war. The final part looks at the early stone work of the city before you pop out into the light of the main square.

Excellent museum.
Written 5 September 2023
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Tavis
Angmering, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The Bastion Passages were really good and well worth the visit - lots of interesting history from different periods of Tallinn's history, including medieval, wars, occupation and more recent times. The Towers were also good, although were not as interesting as the passage part of the museum. We were also lucky to visit on the first Sunday of the month, when the museum is free - if you are visiting Tallinn early in the month it is worth looking out for this offer.
Written 13 August 2023
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Satu88888888
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We had only a couple of hours in Tallinn but the towers were well worth the visit! We didn't go into the bastions as we didn't have enough time but maybe next time! We really enjoyed the views from the tower and the bridge connecting the towers.
Written 10 August 2023
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Explorer
158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Well worth a visit for an insight into local history. Walking the tunnels was fascinating with lots of information and displays on the way (in Estonian & English). Of note if you are in Tallinn on first Sunday of the month admission to this and some other Tallinn City museums are free.
Written 6 August 2023
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