Kiek in de Kök Museum and Bastion Tunnels, Tallinn

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Home to a vast network of military tunnels and a historical cannon tower, Kiek in de Kök Museum and Bastion Tunnels documents the secret history of defending Tallinn over the centuries. Constructed by the Swedes during the 17th and 18th centuries to connect their series of underground bunkers, the hundreds of tunnels were rediscovered throughout the 20th century. Visit the museum and learn more about the tunnels' usage, construction, and what spurred their creation. You'll get in-depth information on Tallinn's development and involvement in military conflicts. Stop by the fortified tower section, standing 38 m (124.5 ft) tall and protected by 4 m (13 ft) thick walls. Defenders protected by the tower were able to fire cannons, catapults, and other projectiles. Although the tower does not require an organized tour, the tunnels themselves do: they can only be accessed with advance reservations. Our Tallinn trip itinerary planner makes visiting Kiek in de Kök Museum and Bastion Tunnels and other Tallinn attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This 38 m tall artillery tower w/ 4 m thick wall was built in 1475 and is situated on Toompea Hill just south of the Russian cathedral in the historical center of Tallinn. When standing in front of it...  more »
  • I usually like such places but I have to say I didn't get good vibes, it felt more like being in a really nice cafè rather than a real museum. I think the place is really poorly organized without a pr...  more »
  • On our way to Upper Town or Toompea, here in Tallinn, we got to the first historically important site, i.e. , the Kiek in de Kok defence tower. In german language it means " peek in the kitchen" due t...  more »
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  • The museum provides a nice history of Tallinn and is well restored. We also did the tour of the tunnels. The tour was great, about an hour long. Provided a lot of history and interesting facts about Tallinn.
  • Museum was ok, exhibits were good. Nice cafe next door on the wall terrace. The underground tunnels were very interesting - book in advance!
  • Nice museum with great views of the city. The clock is really cool. Gives you a very visual history of the area. Well worth the admission price.
  • A bit hard to find. Very interesting way to go through the local history by walking through these fancy tunnels.
  • Fantastic museum, take the tour. the underground part is fascinating

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