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“A very cool tour”

Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum
Ranked #17 of 297 things to do in Tallinn
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Owner description: 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.
New York City, New York
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“A very cool tour”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

The tower is a museum which is pretty nice and a little challenge to climb the stairs. The tunnel tour is not very well known but is very, very well done. After a short video you are escorted down into the tunnel which, by the way, is about 50 degrees F. It is very interesting and there are some additional videos to see along the way. In total the tour takes about 75 minutes and probably an hour more to tour the tower.

Make reservations in advance so you won't be disappointed.

Visited August 2014
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“Great tour and history of Estonia”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

We did both the tunnels and tower, and it was a great tour. Definitely worth a visit, and the cost is very reasonable.
The tunnels are a bit chilly, so when visiting in summer, make sure you bring a long sleeve with you - or you can use one of their blankets to keep warmer. It is great seeing the history of Estonia, and learning what they've been through is an eye opener. There are a few videos, many pictures, and great explanations from the tour guide. The tour ends with a train to the 'future' and what Tallinn would look like in the future, which is a bit cheesy, but, oh well!
The tower was neat to see, especially the views of the city from the top windows.

Visited August 2014
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Tampere, Finland
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“Nice and chilly attraction”
Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Nice historical attraction you should definately see in Tallinn. Kiek in de kök is the tower with museum you can climb up. In the upmost floor there is a cafe, which serves decent coffee.

Tunnels in bastion is the best part in my opinion. The day we were there was very hot so the 7-10 °C tunnels were nice and chilly. And the history of those tunnels is so interesting.

You can roam freely in the tower but tunnels are available only for guided tours. The tour starts with an animation about how the bastion and Tallinn came to be. Tunnels are not very long but there's so much to hear about them. During the tour they also show video footage about bombings in Tallinn during WW2.

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Espoo, Finland
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“Visit the tunnels, maybe the tower, skip the cafe.”
Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile

The old tunnels are quite interesting with their long history throughout the times. They have only been open to the public since 2010.

The tower is good for a brief glance of the history of Tallinn. At the top there is a cafe with a nice interior but they seem to make horrible cafe and tea there so I would recommend only buying bottled drinks if you need something.

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“Spend some time looking around.”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Worth walking round to to read the history of the town and the wall/defenses - and to get a picture of the cannonballs embedded in the tower! There's also a good walking route from here to the highest point of the Old Town....

Visited July 2014
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