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Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum

Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn 10130, Estonia
+372 644 6686
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Great way to learn about Tallinn's old town

I recently visited with my girlfriend the Museum Kiek in de Köök. It was a great experience. First... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sebastian G
An excellent insight into Tallinn and Estonian history

This is another great museum documenting the history of Tallinn and Estonia. Presented here is the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn 10130, Estonia
+372 644 6686
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently visited with my girlfriend the Museum Kiek in de Köök. It was a great experience. First, they showed us a video presenting how Estonians settled around the area of future Tallinn. Very informative to know about the multiple empires that ruled Estonia until...More

Thank Sebastian G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is another great museum documenting the history of Tallinn and Estonia. Presented here is the detailing from it's medieval times to the 20th century. The exhibits include military outfits, weaponry and a variety of replicas of earlier fortresses. There are also several displays of torture...More

Reviewed 22 October 2017

I have visited Tallinn probably more than 30 times over the last 25 years and this last visit was the first time I heard about the underground tunnels underneath the Bastions. Very interesting and informative guided tour in English. They also have it in Estonian,...More

Thank Jan R
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Not for the faint hearted, down into the depths but a fascinating tour going through the ages of their history. About 90 minutes walking having climbed down steps. This tour has to be pre-booked.

Thank Rosemary W
Reviewed 14 October 2017

I thought my tour of the Bastion passages was really interesting. They were split into sections focussing on the people who used them. We also saw the carved stone museum and could go up the Kiek in de Kok tower afterwards. I would highly recommend...More

Thank claireym50
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We booked a tour of the passages and were not disappointed. The tour provided a great insight into the history of Tallinn from medieval to modern day.

1  Thank stephanieward2016
Reviewed 3 October 2017

It is a step climb up the stairs, but history to see on the way up. Also went through the tunnels with a guide who explained what the tunnels were used for over the years, especially during the war.

Thank gayemas
Reviewed 26 September 2017

This is perhaps the best place to visit if you want to get some insight into Tallinn's town walls and fortifications. The tower itself easily merits the visit. The museum inside is fairly compact, good but unlikely to keep you occupied for very long unless...More

Thank Tl1982
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Kiek in de Kok or Peek into the kitchen. "The structure was so high that medieval guards joked they could see right down the chimneys and into the kitchens of the houses below." That's what they say. Today's 38-meter tower houses an exhibition on Tallinn's...More

1  Thank Jaka Z
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit and in particular the tunnels. I thought the price was very reasonable for the combined trip (tunnels and tower). I was surprised how long we spent here so definitely keep back 2-3 hours. I would definitely recommend a visit if...More

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7 July 2015|
Response from MAK56 |
Guided tours to the Bastion tunnels should be booked in advance calling (+372) 644 6686, by e-mail: kok@linnamuuseum or at the museum desk.
23 March 2015|
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Response from carl b | Reviewed this property |
the main tower has a tight twisty staircase which is very uneven.