Housed in a cannon tower, the Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum offer a collection of the history of fortification in the city along with its defense strategies, weapons and stories of crimes and punishment.
A walk in the hidden tunnels of the Bastion Passages that take you below the Toompea hill, is literally a walk in history. The cannons placed at the tower memorial is a must-see while a tour of the place is perfect if you truly want an immersive experience. The top floor has a cafe that offers a quick bite with the view of the city.
Kiek In De Kok:
- Adults: Euros 5
- Concessions: Euros 3 (pupils, students, seniors, ISIC, ITIC card holders)
- Family ticket (2 adults + up to 4 children until 18): Euros 10
- Free admission for pre-school children.
- Guided tours in Estonian (Kiek in de Kok – group size 10-25 persons): Euros 16.00
- Guided tours in Russian, English, Finnish and Greek languages (Kiek in de Kok – group size 10-25 persons): Euros 32.00
Bastion Tunnels and the Carved Stone Museum:
- Adults: Euros 9.00
- Concessions (ITIC card, pupils, students, pensioners): Euros 6
- Family ticket (2 adults + up to 4 minor children): Euros 18.00
- Joint ticket (Kiek in de Kok/Bastion tunnels/Carved Stone Museum): Euros 13.00
- Adults: Euros 6.00
- Concessions: Euros 3.50 (pupils, students, seniors, ISIC, ITIC card holders)
- Family ticket (2 adults + up to 4 children until 18): Euros 12.00
- Joint ticket (Kiek in de Kok/Bastion tunnels): Euros 9.00
- Free admission for pre-school children.
- The Museum is closed on public holidays.
- Pre-booking for Bastion Tunnels and the Carved Stone Museum: From Tuesday to Sunday between 10.30 am to 5.00 pm.
- Bus: Vabaduse valjak
- Light Rail/ Tram: Vabaduse valjak
- By Taxi
- By renting a Car / Bike.
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47.31% of people who visit Tallinn include Kiek In De Kok Museum in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
50.7% of people start their Kiek In De Kok Museum visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Kiek In De Kok Museum
62.68% of people prefer walking in order to reach Kiek In De Kok Museum
The towers house some various artifacts, including old swords, cannons, and even WW2-era firearms. The catapults are especially interesting. There are also some stocks and torture devices. One upper floor has a scale model reconstruction of the entire presumed wall and towers. There are two cafe areas with wonderful views of the city. Below ground, the English-language tour of the tunnels is excellent.
The whole experience was very informative and fun. We went to do the tunnels but the last English tour had already left. We ended up doing the towers and walls then returning the next morning to explorer the passages. The passage tour starts with a history of Tallinn video before entering the tunnels. The tour was based mainly on their use over the last 100 years and not medieval times but still very interesting.
I'm not going to call it a tourist trap (it's definitely not) but I wouldn't call it a "not to be missed experience" either. If anything the video in the start of the tour is thoroughly entertaining but the tour guide although she was clearly doing her best had clearly had enough of it. I wish they would just let us roam around like an art gallery.
Very busy on a Saturday morning with loads of visitors. Nice animation around as singers and different sales mobile shops. The place can be visited and is interesting for both children and parents. Globally a good experience. Direct view on Cathedral Alexandre Nevsky
Overall, a very worthwhile time. I purchased the whole tour package and you can really spend several hours taking it all in. When you do the tunnel tour, be sure to start with the group--I arrived and was placed into a group already beginning the tour. Also, Be aware that there is a lot to see underground, but you will move along without stopping long at each place. Take whatever photos you want at each stop. Above ground, climbing the tower is also a great experience. Views at the top are your rewards for all the crazy climbing you do!