Bastion Tunnels

Bastion Tunnels

Like any respectable Medieval town, Tallinn has its share of underground passageways, particularly the defensive tunnel systems built in the 1600s during the time of Swedish rule.

Back then attack was a constant worry, so city planners constructed high bastion walls around the outside of the fortified city. They also installed tunnels under the base of the walls so they could safely move soldiers and ammunition to where they were needed, not to mention spy on the enemy.

Some tunnels were forgotten. As late as 2003, workers digging a foundation near the Occupation Museum found a pentagonal system of limestone-lined tunnels dating to the end of the 17th century.

Other tunnels have always been well known, in particular the ones that run underneath Harju Hill and Linda Hill at the edge of Toompea, which are now open for tours. These tunnels have a fascinating history: They were built in the 1670s, but hardly used until the 20th century when they renovated into bomb shelters in time for World War II. During the Soviet period they were further modernized to add electricity, running water, ventilation and phones.

On the tunnel tour, visitors can see some of the old equipment leftover from that era, as well as parts of the tunnel that still retain their more Medieval look. The tour includes a slow-moving train ride, where guests are shown the various stages of the tunnels' past, and even a few decades into their possible future.

The Bastion Tunnels can be only visited by guided tours. Tours are held Tuesday to Sunday and can be booked at the Kiek in de Kök Museum (+3726446686). 

Entrance is free with Tallinn Card.

Open/ Available 1.03-31.10 Tue-Sun 10.30-17.30
1.11-28.02 Tue-Sun 10-17
*05.01.2015 Mon 10-17
Ticket 5.80 €
Child ticket 3.20 €
Family ticket 11.50 €
WiFi area
Bastion Tunnels
Location Old Town
Address Komandandi tee 2 Map
Phone +372 644 6686