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Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum

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Address: Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn 10130, Estonia
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+372 644 6686
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The tower Kiek in de Kök together with the passages of the Ingrian and...

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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Great display of medieval history

A great place to visit with some supper displays a arms and armour. Well laid out and not so big it overwhelms

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Put simply; this is a must do in Tallinn! I went there on my first day in the city and it did not disappoint. This 'medieval marvel', as a fellow reviewer named it, was stunning and steeped in history. From walking the city walls to climbing the stairs and viewing displays of interesting memorabilia, there was so much to do... More 

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london
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to visit with some supper displays a arms and armour. Well laid out and not so big it overwhelms

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Atherstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although there are several towers intact in the city wall few offer every day access like Kiek in de Kok. The tower museum includes some nice historical weaponry and uniforms and some good information and displays about the original city. The top floor offers some nice views over the city and especially the Nevsky cathedral. The bastion tunnels offer a... More 

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Westerham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well, the tunnels are really impressive and their purpose was very well explained by the guide. Loved the explanations of how the tunnels have been used for all sorts of purposes: especially the original military one and also the WW2 and Soviet bomb shelters. Two slightly strange aspects: the train and glimpse into the future were high-tech white elephants. Emerging... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The incredible age and strength of these fortifications is something you want to stare at and touch for hours. I'm in awe of the architects vision and the builder's tenacity during their construction. These structures define the best traits of humanity when purpose was never allowed to override aesthetics. And even though it may be juvenile of me to point... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It has great views and nice armoury exhibition. Make sure to go to the top and through the passage to the cafe, it has some interesting settings, only thing is they started charging separately to go through the passage and to the top part recently.

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Knighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting guided tour explained the history of the settlement of Tallinn and the invasions over the centuries, good value with Tallinn card

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting here was part of our school project and our group liked this place very much. The "birth history" of the tunnels, life after World War II and settlements was interesting to hear. Our group wasn't aware about this place earlier. The guide was very good and explained the history parts detailed, we noticed that she was professional! Sound effects,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved walking by that old tower that day we spent in Tallinn. The design is still intact and so beautiful. Well worth stopping by!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

You get to climb the tower, you learn of both warfare and conquerors of Estonia, you have the chance to try out funny hats and the view is spectacular. Yes there's plenty of stairs, winding up to a remarkable sunset. Not many people and several informative kind guides compensating for them having run out of brochures in English.

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