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Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum

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Address: Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn 10130, Estonia
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+372 644 6686
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The tower Kiek in de Kök together with the passages of the Ingrian and...

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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Interesting and good tour

It's worth visiting this, especially as the wall is so well preserved, it feels like a large part of Tallinn's history. The Kiel in de Kok has some really interesting exhibitions... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's worth visiting this, especially as the wall is so well preserved, it feels like a large part of Tallinn's history. The Kiel in de Kok has some really interesting exhibitions, and even a cafe at the top! The tour of the passages was also interesting and the passages themselves are full of history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour in the bastion tunnels is well organised and interesting. The guide was very good and well informed. A very interesting piece of Tallinn's history can be discovered during the tour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Impressively old and well restored piece of Estonian medieval history. Gives a good look into the history and making of this country. I appreciated, that for once, it was a museum where you were allowed to touch somethings. Helpful and friendly museum staff, willing to take a moment and explain in English.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Another great photo opp with a gorgeous background! Can't go wrong in this part of town no matter what!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did not visit the museum but climbed tha stairs in the nearby cafe in danish kings garden. Cold day but we sat outside watching the view drinking hot chocolate with Vanna Tallin.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Interesting tour in the passages under the Old Town of Tallinn. The tour took an hour and it was surprising to us how much tunnels there are. It is +5 C in the tunnels so be sure to wear enough clothes.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Amazing what they have done with the bastion tunnels. Where on an excursion few years ago, but now then have enlarged the length of the tunnel. That was impressive. If making a reservation by e-mail, specify the language in which you would like to have the excursion. They booked us an excursion in Russian, but we're not the Russian kind... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

This trip through the tunnels around the bastions surrounding Tallinn Old Town was really enjoyable. A short video (10 minutes?) beforehand gives an animated history of Tallinn to set the scene. Going through the tunnels themselves with a guide is an eye-opener. From a military purpose originally, to bomb shelter, to hideaway for punks, there is so much history about... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

By the looking at the structure, you could feel the ambiance of living in a different century. Another must see location.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

The tower has several floors which are reached by spiral staircase which is narrow and steep in places. There is also a basement level, again stairs down. There are various displays on each level of Tallinn history. From torture to military occupation. Cafe in the roof of the tower (which was closed) shame a viewing area would have been better.... More 

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