Bastion passages in the Tallinn Old Town

The bastion passages are part of the Kiek in de Kök Fortification Museum.

The mysterious passages in Tallinn’s earthwork fortifications were built along with the bastions in the 17th and 18th centuries to conceal the movement of soldiers, ammunition, and other equipment from the enemy. They were also used to monitor the enemy’s underground activities of planting mines. After the fortifications were removed from the list of military objects in 1857, parks were established on the Ingrian and Swedish bastions.

Carved Stone Museum, located in the Ingrian bastion, can also be found in the bastion passages. The Museum presents the carved stone collection of the Tallinn City Museum.

Individual visitors can use an audio guide in the bastion passages. We also offer guided tours.

The bastion passages are part of the Kiek in de Kök Fortification Museum.

The mysterious passages in Tallinn’s earthwork fortifications were built along with the bastions in the 17th and 18th centuries to conceal the movemen

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  • Highlight of My Visit to Tallinn!

    It was so much fun hiking up the tower and then wandering down through the lower passages! It took awhile so it was excellent exercise too, and I was a bit worn out at the end of the nearly two hours...

  • A mixed bag

    Although they have historical significance I found the bastion passages rather boring. Much more interesting was the musuem and the walkways between the 3 towers. This was fun to explore and there...

  • Very Unique

    My friends and I visited this museum and were very surprised at the history and architecture. There is such a wide range of history, which I know should be expected as old as this city is, but wasn't...


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