The Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum, with its underground passages and defence towers, immerses visitors in the fascinating history of the city of Tallinn. Walk the town wall from one tower to another, and discover the unique fortifications while enjoying the view of the Old Town.
The Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum consists of three interconnected parts:
- The Kiek in de Kök artillery tower
- The Maiden’s Tower (Neitsitorn) museum-café, Stable Tower (Tallitorn) and Gate Tower (Väravatorn)
Kiek in de Kök (‘peek into the kitchen’ in Low German), the mightiest artillery tower in the Baltics, was originally built in the 1470s. Today, the tower is a museum for the town’s fortifications: anyone interested in walls, towers, cannons and the like should drop into the tower-turned-museum. In addition to examples of medieval firepower, there are displays detailing how the city's system of walls and towers developed through the centuries as well as exhibits covering crime and punishment and other facets of life in old Tallinn. You can also enjoy magnificent views of the city from the tower’s 6th floor.
Kiek in de Kök is the starting place for visitors interested in the fascinating system of hidden tunnels (Bastion Passages) from the 17th and 18th centuries that run underneath the old bastions of Toompea hill. The tunnels also house the Carved Stone Museum, where you can explore Tallinn’s history through a display of decorated portals, pillars, reliefs and other carved stone fragments from the 16th to 19th centuries.
The Maiden's Tower (Neitsitorn), once built as a defence tower in the 14th century, has also been an artists’ home and a popular bar. Today, you can sip coffee in its swank café, walk along the town wall for some amazing views or explore the displays on Tallinn’s café culture, sweets makers and the fascinating history of the tower itself.
From the Maiden’s Tower, you can access the Stable Tower (Tallitorn) and Gate Tower (Väravatorn) atop the town wall.
Entrance to the Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum is free with the Tallinn Card.
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Great value for money - if you’re short of time or money don’t bother with the bastion passages as quite a bit of it is a stone museum which isn’t exactly exciting. Top tip is leave for lunch as the... Read more comments
Basically 2 museums in 1: the underground passage (can be done via a - recommended - guided tour; check the museum website for the schedule), and the 4 towers (mini museums with lovely views over the... Read more comments
Combination of these two museums give you a good insight of the history of this town from early time before Talliinn until very recent times. Towers can be demanding for people with disabilities in... Read more comments