This massive, 38m-high cannon tower houses an extensive museum of the town's fortifications, weapons and medieval-era life.
Anyone interested in walls, towers, cannons and the like should drop into the tower-turned-museum. In addition to examples of medieval firepower, there are displays detailing how the city's system of walls and towers developed through the centuries as well as exhibits covering crime and punishment and other facets of life in the Tallinn of old.
Kiek in de Kök is also the starting place for visitors interested in the fascinating system of hidden tunnels (Bastion Passages) that run underneath the old bastions of Toompea hill.
The tower's unusual name literally means “Peek into the Kitchen.” The structure was so high that medieval guards joked they could see right down the chimneys and into the kitchens of the houses below.
Kiek in de Kök was originally built in the 1470s, but quickly expanded and strengthened with walls that are four metres thick. During the Livonian war in the late 1500s, Ivan the Terrible's forces managed to blow a huge hole through the top storey, but the tower held. During post-war repairs, a row of four cannon balls was placed in the newly patched stone wall as a memorial. You can still see them on the tower's south east side.
While at the museum, be sure to pay a visit to the top floor café where you can get some beautiful Old Town views.
|Open/ Available||01.03-31.10 Tue-Sun 10.30-18
01.11-28.02 Tue-Sun 10-17
|Child ticket||3.00 €|
|Family ticket||10.00 €|
|Address||Komandandi tee 2 Map|
|Phone||+372 644 6686|