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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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Interesting tour in the passages under the Old Town of Tallinn. The tour took an hour and it was surprising to us how much tunnels there are. It is +5 C in the tunnels so be sure... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting tour in the passages under the Old Town of Tallinn. The tour took an hour and it was surprising to us how much tunnels there are. It is +5 C in the tunnels so be sure to wear enough clothes.

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Riga, Latvia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing what they have done with the bastion tunnels. Where on an excursion few years ago, but now then have enlarged the length of the tunnel. That was impressive. If making a reservation by e-mail, specify the language in which you would like to have the excursion. They booked us an excursion in Russian, but we're not the Russian kind... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This trip through the tunnels around the bastions surrounding Tallinn Old Town was really enjoyable. A short video (10 minutes?) beforehand gives an animated history of Tallinn to set the scene. Going through the tunnels themselves with a guide is an eye-opener. From a military purpose originally, to bomb shelter, to hideaway for punks, there is so much history about... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

By the looking at the structure, you could feel the ambiance of living in a different century. Another must see location.

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

The tower has several floors which are reached by spiral staircase which is narrow and steep in places. There is also a basement level, again stairs down. There are various displays on each level of Tallinn history. From torture to military occupation. Cafe in the roof of the tower (which was closed) shame a viewing area would have been better.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not really a fan of war history, but came here to accompany the dudes in our group. We bought the 9 eur "whole package" - movie + guided tour. Movie was very good and I learned a lot about Estonia's history. The tunnels were a really exciting place and our guide was a good storyteller! It's really cold there... More 

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

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 4 January 2017

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 28 December 2016 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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