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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Rexonaut
Brussels, Belgium711 contributions
Family
I even did not know tunnels are open. They were longe and deeper than expected. I was surprised that Swedes built such a strong fortification in a such short time.
During the Soviet time it was used as nuclear war shelter.
Written 21 August 2022
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Mart652
Paris, France97 contributions
Couples
Nice little visit to old defensive tunnels, with good displays on how they were used for multitude of more recent purposes from civil defence and storage to hangouts for punks and the homeless.
Written 16 August 2022
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porterjames2
Round Rock, TX222 contributions
This is an interesting site.
We are a family of 5 adults and 1 four year old.
We only paid to visit the tunnels and enjoyed the history.
The walking and stairs were easy even for the 4 year old.
Be aware that the tunnel is one way in and out. You walk to the end and then turn around and go back the way you came in.
A little pricey but probably worth the fee.
Written 13 August 2022
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Ville J
Kokkola, Finland49 contributions
My favorite museum in Tallinn. I recommend the 12 euro ticket, which lets you visit all the museum's parts.
Written 8 August 2022
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Zwreviews
Belfast, UK59 contributions
Couples
This place was absolutely fantastic. I personally enjoyed the underground tunnels, the history was fantastic and super interesting! There was a lovely walk where you could look out over the city. A lovely cafe in the middle of it meant you could sit with a coffee. The museum was questionable but the children also visiting at the same time seemed to enjoy it!
Written 16 July 2022
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Lindsay T
Cambridge, UK19 contributions
The Towers & Bastions cover a lot of history in a relatively small space, I think there is something for everyone to appreciate. Most of the history in the towers is focused on the medieval era, but don't neglect the Bastion passages to learn a bit more about the site's role in 20th century history. Also, the views from the top of the towers and even the walls are some of the best in the city!
Written 25 June 2022
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Richard M
Hampstead Norreys, UK719 contributions
Incredible place. There are two parts to the museum. Firstly are the towers. There is a lot of history and exibitions in the main tower which is interesting. You can also get from there into a number of adjacent towers which also have a lot of informaiton to take in. The second part is the underground bastion tunnels. There are sections covering a huge amount of the history of the tunnels from the present day going back in time through amazing historical events. The end contains a museum containing loads of old pieces of sculpture and building decoration. Overall an absolute must see for the buildings and the history.
Written 25 June 2022
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Sylvia DrSoul Fernandez
San Juan, Puerto Rico9,499 contributions
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I paid for passages and towers because I saved €4 I believe when bought together. On the other hand... I didn't look into what "the passages" were. I Loved the towers, the coffee shop and city from ip above and one tower in specific with amazing lookout! The passages are "tunnels" that have been used for different purposes throughout time and they have turned them into museum of political and history artefacts explaining their uses in different periods. For some people this is interesting, for others, not so much 🙏🏼 up to you to decide. I opted to use the blanket they recommend in the begining because it got cooler as you went inside. It took me one hour and Inread about 1/4 of the information or less.
Written 14 June 2022
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midway42
Georgia2,975 contributions
Easily one of the more quirky and unique names for any attraction I’ve seen, “Peep in the Kitchen” is actually a general term taken from Low German that refers to a general tower-type (tall and squat) found throughout Germany and Eastern Europe. As it pertains to Tallinn, the eponymously named tower was constructed over two centuries, starting in the 1400’s. The only military action it saw was during a Russian attack in 1577 and as warfare changed and it became obsolete, the structure was converted into barracks, a haven for aspiring artists, and finally a popular cafe before its metamorphosis into todays museum. I visited on a Monday, partly because most museums in the city seemed to be closed.

There are essentially three parts to this experience: the Bastion Passages, the tower itself, and “everything else.” The Bastion Passages were built in the 17th century in expectation of a long siege and are by far the most atmospheric portion of the attraction. A history of the passages is given in reverse chronological order, covering everything from the initial engineering of the passages to the history of homeless people living there in the early 2000’s. A carved stone museum rounds out the visit. The tower proper provides the main didactic portion of the experience, with five levels covering city life (with a special exhibit on insects and rats in the basement), the role of the fortress, military history, an armory, and finally an artists studio in roughly ascending order. The final portion of the museum is a relaxing stroll on the city walls and through the Maiden, Stable, and Gate towers. I spent almost three hours on site.

In summary, this was one of the most memorable attractions I saw during my time in Estonia. The tower portion in particular provided information on the medieval era that I didn’t find anywhere else during my week in the city. The experience provides a little bit of everything: history and learning in the tower, atmosphere in the tunnels, and memorable views from the ramparts. If you are pressed for time a stopover here should easily take precedence over individual visits to the city walls and Guild Hall (see separate reviews) as there are several varied experiences under one roof (and underground). A highly recommended visit.
Written 25 May 2022
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Davenium
Vancouver, BC153 contributions
We went and walked through the bastions for a while, which was interesting but very long (my wife is a bit claustrophobic) and a bit repetitive. Then we went and toured the walls and the towers, which were also a bit lacklustre. There might have been a bit more value if the coffee shop that was in the tower was operating the day we were there. It would be a nice place to get a coffee or bite to eat. But in terms of a museum it's probably not really worth the money. Though it did have a very good video we watched at the start about the history of Tallinn.
Written 15 May 2022
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