Kiek in de Kök Museum

Strong medieval fortification tower Kiek in de Kök (Germ. "peek in the kitchen") got its name from a legend about some soldiers in the tower who liked to peek from the top of the tower into the windows of Lower Town kitchens.

Nowadays, the tower houses a museum that introduces the genesis of Tallinn, its development, as well as the most important war events from the 13th to the 18th century. On the basement floor, there are temporary photography exhibitions; in the armoury, you can explore various weapons and have a go on a shooting simulator.
The café on the fifth floor affords one-of-a-kind views of Toompea, the Lower Town and the harbour.
Guided tours of bastion passages also start at Kiek in de Kök.


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  • Jo L Jo L

    Another beautifully preserved historical site

    I cant tell you how many stairs we climbed in Tallinn, but boy was every one worth it. Tallinn has done an amazing job of making the most of its history by preserving it and making it available to...

  • Tinde_K Tinde_K

    What a great tour

    Book your place on the tour of Bastion passages. I was lucky to get a spot the for morning I called. It's only one long corridor, but presented in a fresh and interesting way, firstly by a funny...

  • 647darrent 647darrent

    Well worth an hour of your time

    An enjoyable attraction, not far from Freedom Square. I wouldn't bother with the tunnels, tour too long and a little boring, just too the castle part.

Features and amenities


Komandandi tee, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn

Getting there


  • Signposted
  • On foot only


59°26'5''N 24°44'29''E | Download GPX file