The Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum consists of four medieval defence towers and underground passages:
The museum has three sections that can be visited either in combination or separately (ticket info).
Kiek in de Kök (‘peek into the kitchen’ in Low German), was the mightiest artillery tower in the Baltics, built in 15th-century. Today the museum exhibits the history of town’s fortifications and history of crime and punishment in old Tallinn.
The Bastion Passages are system of hidden tunnels from the 17th and 18th centuries that run underneath the bastions of Toompea hill.
The tunnels also house the Carved Stone Museum, where is a display of decorated portals, pillars, reliefs and other carved stone fragments from the 16th to 19th centuries.
The Maiden’s Tower (Neitsitorn), was built as a defence tower in the 14th century. It has also been an artists’ home and a popular bar. The museum offers amazing views and displays Tallinn’s café culture, and the history of the tower.
From the Maiden’s Tower, you can access the Stable Tower (Tallitorn) whitch is famous as the most haunted place in Tallinn, and Gate Tower (Väravatorn) atop the town wall.
Entrance to the Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum is free with the Tallinn Card.
The Kiek in de Kök artillery tower
has six floors presenting the history of the city defences through centuries and also houses temporary exhibitions.
Individual visitors can make their way through the tower floors at their own pace and in their preferred order.
Our museum employees, stationed on each floor, will be delighted to respond to any questions about the display or assist you in any way.
The top floor of the tower offers magnificent scenic views to the Old Town and city centre.
Guided tours to the tower are available only upon advance request.
The Bastion tunnels
are accessible with guided tours that have to be booked in advance.
The tours are available in four languages: Estonian, English, Russian, and Finnish, and will take about 1 h 10 min to 1 h 15 min.
When making a booking, a visitor can opt to join a scheduled tour or in case of a larger group, commission a tour for their group.
The tours are available in two formats. The regular tours take the visitor through the Bastion tunnels and the Carved Stone Museum and emerge on the ground at Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square). However, when booking a tour for the full group, a group leader can also opt for a tour that excludes the Carved Stone Museum but includes a train ride through the tunnel heading towards the Swedish bastion. The latter format is better suited for children.
The Carved Stone Museum
is accessible as the final part of the Bastion passages tour throughout the year. During the summer season, the Carved Stone Museum is also available for individual visitors through the entrance at the corner of the Freedom Square.
In addition, guided tours of only the Carved Stone Museum can be booked in advance throughout the year.
Read more about the Carved Stone Museum.