Kiek in de Kök

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.

Entrance to Kiek in de Kök and Bastion Passages with Tallinn Card is free. 

Open/ Available 01.03-31.10 Tue-Sun 10.30-18
01.11-28.02 Tue-Sun 10-17

Ticket 5.00 €
Child ticket 3.00 €
Family ticket 10.00 €



Kiek in de Kök
Location Old Town
Address Komandandi tee 2 Map
Phone +372 644 6686
Display of the Kiek in de Kök
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016
The display gives the visitor an idea about the dawn of the town, the history of its fortifications and main military events from the 13th to the 18th century. Two armours that greet the visitor at the entrance crown the whole exhibition.
The first two floors of the tower – the storage floor and the first defence floor are mainly used for photo exhibitions and concerts The predecessor of Tallinn must have been the Iru hillfort that was deserted at the turn of the 10th and 11th centuries, the model of which you can see whwre the display starts in the second floor.

The third floor display is connected with the events of the wars in Tallinn. Three big cannons the Lion, the Bitter Death and a breachloading gun from the early 15th century are displayed. All the guns are replicas of the originals that were taken to St Petersburg in the early 19th century.
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