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    Bastion passages in the Tallinn Old Town

    The bastion passages are part of the Kiek in de Kök Fortification Museum. The mysterious passages in Tallinn’s earthwork fortifications were built along with the bastions in the 17th and 18th centuries to conceal the movement of soldiers, ammunition, and other equipment from the enemy. They were also used to monitor the enemy’s underground activities of planting mines. After the fortifications were removed from the list of military objects in 1857, parks were established on the Ingrian and Swedish bastions. Carved Stone Museum, located in the Ingrian bastion, can also be found in the bastion passages. The Museum presents the carved stone collection of the Tallinn City Museum. Individual visitors can use an audio guide in the bastion passages. We also offer guided tours.

    Free with Tallinn Card!

    During free Museum Sundays (07.07; 04.08; 01.09; 06.10; 03.11; 01.12) only the bastion passages with the Carved Stone Museum will be open. The Maiden Tower, the Stable Tower and the Gate Tower will be closed.

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    • Don't. The bastion passage is useless

      tripadvisor rating 2 of 5
      May 19, 2024 By Laura C

      I only went to see the bastion passage, so this review is just about it. Very disappointing. The idea is nice, but how it's executed is horrible. Considering the history of the passage, it could have... Read more comments

    • Under Tallinn

      tripadvisor rating 5 of 5
      May 16, 2024 By Swedishtomcat

      There’s over 400 meters of passageway carved into the rock which has been used over the centuries from defence to shelter. There are videos to watch en route and an app to download which has audio... Read more comments

    • Kiek in de kök Tower is closed till June 2024

      tripadvisor rating 3 of 5
      March 28, 2024 By 323MarcK

      I can only give a 3 points grade, as the main Tower is closed for renovations. The tunnel is a 5 points. Interesting and well made with history and it’s giving you a certain feeling. The passage to... Read more comments