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“Excellent for those interested in history - scary yet fascinating” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Patarei Sea Fortress Prison

Patarei Sea Fortress Prison
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Walking Tour of Tallinn Old Town and Kalamaja
Ranked #23 of 287 things to do in Tallinn
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Amman, Jordan
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“Excellent for those interested in history - scary yet fascinating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

Paterei is really easy to find - right by the sea around 20 minutes from the port, and even is it doesn't show up on your GPS/map, follow the directions to Kalaranna St. and eventually a massive run-down building will show up on your right.

The entrance itself take you back in time - a gigantic door says Paterei and the opening hours, and you're welcomed by a watch tower to your right as you enter the courtyard. Brr. The entrance is further down to your right, where tickets are sold from a caravan next to some mobile toilets (in surprisingly good conditions) by a lady who speaks little to no English. Then you're free to walk around wherever you want and, as somebody already mentioned, with nobody warning you about health and safety (quite refreshing indeed). The place really is run-down so even though it's fun to explore every little corner (we spent two hours there) be careful of some floors etc.

All I can say is GO! Especially before the European Union finds a reason to close it (and they will). Seeing the cells and bathrooms is chilling but also a very enlightening experience and enables you to imagine what really happened there.

Oh, and behind the prison, on the beach, there is a small and cosy open cafe that serves different drinks and snacks with a wonderful view of the sea and has a lovely young man working there.

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“Chilling and intreaquing place to explore”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

The old prison was a great place to explore, very authentic place! I felt like an urban explorer. It was much larger that i expected and you could explore the prison in 3 floors including common areas, cells, surgery room, library, some offices and much more. But there were some things I would develop: some signs on the rooms about what they have been used for and/or better guide booklet with a map, there were some trash around so they could be cleaned and there could be a couole of trash bins, better lightning or torches because it was a bit dark at some places. But all in all i would totally recommend this place if you are interested in old abandoned places!

The place is not very touristic, so we could explore it in peace and quiet, which was great.

There is also a cute cafe in the area where you can buy beverages etc, but don't expect much from the facilities like toilets, since this is a quite remote attraction.

It can be a bit difficult to find, but just follow the signs to Lennusadam, it's right next to it. It's about 1,5-2 km from the harbour so it's an ok walk. The admission is 3 €, which was cheap in my opinion!

Thank Jenny A
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“Unique experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Located a 10 minute drive outside of the city centre, towards the harbor, lies this wonderfully chilling and eerie attraction. The facility was used as a prison from 1920-2002, and a few years ago the owner decided to open the doors to the public - without any renovation. Duvets, books, shoes, documents and syringes are left anywhere and everywhere, like a time capsule. I don't recommend bringing young children to this place, as you'll have no problems imagining a horror movie being recorded here. Also, there's barbed wire here and there.

Isolated cells, brig cells, operation rooms, a hanging room and a library are all available to enter at will, but to see more (like the room where they executed prisoners by shooting) you must get a guide. We were told this as we were leaving, so we recommend anyone else to go with a guide. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes to experience things outside the box, while having goose bumps, when travelling.

Visited July 2014
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Wauw! This place is a must see when in Tallinn. The buildings and prison cells are left in the same state as when the prisoners left them, and you are able to walk around in the dark corridors on your own - this makes it a scary but interesting visit.

Visited July 2014
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Espoo, Finland
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“Reality of soviet prison system”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

A place to see, the horrors if prisonment in last years, only closed 2002.

Go see before it goes to too bad condition to let tourists take a look inside the abandoned prison.

Visited July 2014
Thank Niklas W
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