Kiek in de Kök Museum and Bastion Tunnels, Tallinn

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History Museum Museum
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Kiek in de Kök Museum and Bastion Tunnels and other Tallinn attractions using our handy Tallinn itinerary maker.
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  • Excelent attraction that helps you discover and understand a bit the history of Tallinn and Estonia. I strongly recommend to take a look at the schedule to pay a visit to the passages. The staff were ...  more »
  • The Kiek in de Kok is one of the tallest of Tallinn's amazingly well-preserved medieval fortifications. It sits in a little park rising up like Rapunzel's tower above the Tallinn Old Town. Yet for the...  more »
  • Built in 1475-1481,this 45met., six storey cannon tower played a key role in the Livonian War and still has nine of Ivan 4 's cannonballs embedded in its walls . Medieval soldiers joked that from its ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • They charge you for a tour of the underground and the museum. Skip the museum. But def go for the guided tour and book in advance. Worth it.
  • Good place to know more information about history of Estonian army, Also in the last floor you will find a great hall place to take photos for old town from one of the highest point.
  • If you go on the tour of the tunnel you get a nice overview of Tallinns history, very interesting. Remember to call the day before to let them know your taking the tour ;)