Those interested in walls, towers, cannons and the like should drop into this museum of the town’s defences. Visitors of this museum will see examples of Medieval fire power, displays detailing how the city's system of fortification walls and towers developed through the centuries and an exhibit on crime and punishment in old Tallinn.
The name of this massive, 38m-high cannon tower literally means “Peek into the Kitchen.” It 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 is also the starting place for visitors interested in the fascinating system of hidden tunnels (Bastion tunnels
) that run underneath the old bastions of Toompea hill. Make sure to pay a visit to the top floor café for beautiful Old Town views.
Kiek in de Kök was originally built in the 1470s, but quickly expanded and strengthened, now the walls are four metres thick. The investment paid off: 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.
Entrance to Kiek in de Kök and Bastion tunnels with Tallinn Card
||01.03-31.10 Tue-Sun 10.30-18
01.11-28.02 Tue-Sun 10-17.30
Permanent exhibition of the Museum of Kiek in de Kök
01.01.2012 - 31.12.2013
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.