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Patarei Sea Fortress Prison

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Address: Kalaranna 2a, Tallinn 10415, Estonia
Phone Number:
+372 504 6536
12:00 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Patarei fortress-prison is a culture park with rich history, providing...

Patarei fortress-prison is a culture park with rich history, providing various opportunities to spend your leisure time. Discover Patarei on a guided tour or organise your own event in Patarei with an option to order prison-catering for your event! Make your reservations via e-mail or over phone or register through our webpage. Check for more information under attractions! Culture Park Patarei presents the history of Patarei sea fortress-prison and also carries out various events throughout the year. Scheduled tours are available almost daily. Please sign up for a tour at our homepage.

Please note: we regret to inform you that as per decision made by the Estonian State Real Estate Ltd., the Patarei fortress has been closed to public access.

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Real authentic forgotten prison

Very scary location kept in original condition. No need for local guide. Very interesting and highly recommended! Sad that they are closing this place soon for public.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very scary location kept in original condition. No need for local guide. Very interesting and highly recommended! Sad that they are closing this place soon for public.

Thank aroundtheoyster
Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Untouched area where you can walk from cell blok to cell blok. This will certainly have a impact on you and it will help you to understand the history of the country and its inhabitants.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The fortress prison has a grim history. Tour guides show the execution chambers. Amazed this prison was only closed in 2001.

Thank Rich G
Evanston, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Located next to Tallinn Bay, one of an interesting Prison, which is currently served as a museum in Estonia. By looking at the structure, it could remind you of the old days when the CCCP ( Soviet Union) ruled this neighborhood.

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Part of Tallinn history, this old fortress was used as a prison until the 80¨s. The hanging place is horrible, the cells are left as when the place was abandoned. Hospital wing is worth seeing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I was with two friends and one of them suggested going to "the russian prison". To be honest, I didn't know what was going to happen and what to expect from it, but one thing is for sure - it was overwhelming. How could I expect such thing from a place with a view to beautiful and peaceful sea and... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

The Patarei prison is next door, very close to the Lennusadam maritime museum. It's an old sea fortress that Soviets turned into a prison. As we visited Lennusadam, we dropped by car and unfortunately it was closed. Don't know for how long.

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PatareiPrison, Researcher at Patarei Sea Fortress Prison, responded to this review

This information about it being closed is been on our home page ever since it closed in October. We are right now trying to do all we can to rescue the site and keep it accessible for public. Unfortunately the owner (State Real Estate) has plans to build apartment buildings over there instead. So, if you care about the future... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Such a terrible history on this place, but still so worth seeing. Unfortunately they have closed it to the public. I was happy to visit it twice. Hopefully they build something amazing in there. Great bar on the beach behind the building, open on summer time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We were the only group visiting Patarei on that weds morning and you could just feel the spirit of the executed prisoners, the martyrs of freedom. This soviet era prison was truly a nauseous place to visit. Altogether it was the most impressing visit I've ever made to a prison museum as the place was left just like is was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Though now it has been shut down to make safer for the public visits, walking around for 3 euros was the best money I've ever spent on an attraction. What will it be like after it reopens I'm not sure.

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