Kiek in the Kok, Tallinn

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    Wonderful museum

    by slothtraveller Updated Jul 17, 2012

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    Kiek in die Kok museum

    This imposing medieval tower built in 1475 houses the Kiek in die Kok museum; truly a must-see when visiting Tallinn. The museum takes you through various conflicts Tallinn has endured, giving an insight into the fortifications of the city. There are also medieval torture instruments on show. As the museum is situated on 4 floors, you ascend via the old spiral stone staircases. There is a cafe on the top floor, but the best treat on reaching the top is sampling the 360 degree panoramic views of the city you get looking out of the many small windows. Be sure to leave a message in their visitors book.
    Open Tues-Sun
    Admission is 4,47 Euros
    Free Admission with the Tallinn Card

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    Lower Town: Kiek in de Kok

    by antistar Written Dec 20, 2008

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    In the Low German of old Tallinn, Kiek in de Kok meant "a peek in the kitchen". This is what the soldiers guarding the southern gate were able to do from their vantage point, 38m above the town. This height, combined with its 4 meter thick walls, made it one of the most impressive bastions of the 15th century. It remains one of Tallinn's most impressive fortifications, and you can still climb to the top and have a Kiek in de Kok yourself.

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    Kiek in de Kok

    by lalikes Written Oct 10, 2008

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    Entrance to tower
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    A 1483 tower just a walk from Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. It's name means "peep in the kitchen," comes from views it provides through the windows of neighboring houses. Inside the tower is a torture museum.

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    by pure1942 Updated Sep 21, 2008

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    Kiek in de Kok is one of Tallinn's biggest and most impressive towers. The tower, measuring 38 metres high and with walls four metres thick, was built in the late 15th century. Its' name derives from low german and translates as 'Peep in the kitchen'. Due to its height over the rest of the Old Town, you could see into the homes below giving it its strange name. The tower now houses museum displying collections of weapons and artefacts from Tallinn's medieval history.
    The tower is open to the public from Tuesday - Friday (May - Sept. 10.30 - 18.00)
    (October - April 11.00 - 17.00)
    Admission 15EEK

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    by BillNJ Written Mar 12, 2008

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    The Kiek in the Kok is a museum located in a medieval tower. It also has secret tunnels. The admission was free with the Tallinn card. The museum provides an interesting perspective of medieval life in Tallinn. It also provides some good views of the surrounding area.

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    Kiek In De Kok tower

    by Raimix Updated Aug 21, 2007

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    The cannon tower called "peek into the kitchen" was built in 1475-1483. The name of tower was probably because of possibility for people, looking from tower to see what enemies are doing, "to watch at their kitchens". In 16th and 17th centuries tower's look changed after a few reconstructions.

    The tower looks really powerful - there are museum inside, mainly about war and war items. I haven't visited it.

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    Kiek in de Kök

    by King_Golo Updated Aug 12, 2007

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    Kiek in de K��k

    Kiek in de Kök may sound somehow familiar to German speakers - the name derives from Nether German "Guck in die Küche", meaning "Look into the kitchen". Kiek in de Kök is one of formerly 46 towers of the city wall. Today, 26 still exist. The tower's strange name goes back to the time when it was used. From up the tower, soldiers could look into the fireplaces of the buildings that were situated below!
    Today, the tower houses an interesting museum about the city's history. In its walls, some cannon balls are visible that were shot into them by Russian troops.
    Entry fee is 25 EEK. Open: March to October Tu-Su from 10.30-18, November-February Tu-Su from 10.30-17

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    Kiek in de Kök - "Peek into the kitchen"

    by Airpunk Updated Jun 5, 2007

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    29 towers of Tallinn’s medieval city wall are still standing and one of the best-knowns has the nickname “Kiek in de Kök”. The name is low german and means “Peek into the kitchen” – something the watchmen could easily do from this tower. It was built between 1475 and 1483 and is said to be the strongest of all towers – after surviving a russian attack during the Livonian war in the late 16th century. 9 cannoballs are said to be still in the walls of the tower, but I didn’t manage to spot a single one. Inside of the tower, there’s a museum about the history of the city. I didn’t visit it, but if you do so, be prepared to climb a lot of stairs. Kiek in de Kök is 38 meters high and its wall have a thickness of 4 meters.

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    Kiek in der Kök

    by jonkb Updated Mar 26, 2007

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    That's plat german for "to look in the kitchen". Something the guards of this particular tower did to pass the time. It was built around 1475. The tower is now a museum of weapons open 11-17 in the summer.

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    by Inguuna Written Feb 2, 2007

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    The tower

    Kiek in de Kok tower was defensive tower in older times, it was also mentioned that during some time it was most powerful tower along Baltic shores. The tower which was built at the end of 15th century was very important during Livonia war, then it was damaged, but later during all the centuries restored.
    The tower name which means peep into the kitchen comes from its highness. The guards who where there could look from the top into neighbour building kitchens and also look if enemy isn’t coming.
    The tower were the gun powder was stored is 38 meters high with the wall thickness of four meters. Nowadays it houses museum.

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    Kiek In De Kok

    by cheekymarieh Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    Kiek In De Kok

    The name of the tower when translated into English means 'Peep into the kitchen'. It was built between 1475 and 1481 as part of the defences of Tallinn. There are six floors in all and some of the steps are quite steep.

    Within the tower there are exhibitions of contemporary art. We actually admired some of the excellent photographic displays that were on the ground floor on our visit. As you wander around the tower you can also see medieval suits of armour and cannons / cannonballs.

    From the top of the tower there are some magnificent views of the city ... and maybe you can try and peep into a kitchen for yourself!

    Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am to 5.30pm

    Cost: 25EEK for adults, 8EEK for students, OAPs and children
    Free with a Tallinn card.

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    Visit Medieval Tallinn monuments

    by Propermark Written Jul 11, 2006

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    Medieval Tower, Tallinn, Estonia.
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    In Tallinn you will find many well preserved medieval monuments and the first thing you will see are Medieval Towers, like Kiek in de Kök which was the most powerful cannon tower in 16th-century Northern Europe. It is located on the slope of Toompea Hill.

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    Kiek-in-de-Koek Tower

    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 12, 2006

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    View from the Kiek-in-de-Koek Tower

    The Kiek-in-de-Koek Tower is about 45 metres tall and was built around 1475. It houses a museum about Estonian history with maps and models of Old Tallinn. Aprt from that a few floors are reserved for contemporary art. From the upper floors you can enjoy a panoramic view of Tallinn.

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    Kiek in de kok - View from the top!

    by mightywease Written Mar 26, 2006

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    Get a bird's eye view of Tallinn by climbing to the top floor of Kiek in de Kok 118 ft above the ground. The walk up isn't too bad, you can rest on each floor and see the exhibits in the rooms, just be careful on some of the winding staircases near the top. It's worth it the views are great!

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    Kiek in de Kok - take a peep!

    by mightywease Written Mar 26, 2006

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    First of all this tower has such a wonderful name Kiek in de Kok, which means, in Low German, "peep into the kitchen"! Apparently soldiers in the tower used to be able to see into the kitchens of houses below it, hence the name.

    The 118 ft (36 m) cannon tower was originally built in the 15th century as part of the city's defences. Its solid 13 ft thick stone walls proved invaluable during the siege of 1577 when Russian soldiers blasted a huge hole in the tower but could still not penetrate it or the city.

    Now the tower contains an interesting museum relating to the defences of Tallinn and the various wars and sieges that the city, and tower, has witnessed. Exhibits include two cannons, which, like the tower, have great monikers "The Lion" and "Bitter Death". Along side these are some of the paraphernalia, such as a long loading stick, needed to work the cannons and quite in-depth descriptions of how cannons were loaded, fired and used. Indeed there is quite a lot of historical information given throughout the exhibition that can be a little overwhelming as you try to remember dates, wars, allies and enemies however, rather that than little or no information.

    There is also a shiver-inducing representation of the Plague Doctor, all in black with a beaked hood - the beak was filled with medicinal herbs to try and ward off infection - and a stick for prodding and pointing!

    On the top floor, where seagulls and pigeons perch in the windows, are some fantastic views of the city and beyond. It's easy to imagine the soldiers sitting up there trying to keep warm by the fire with just the birds for company.

    Open: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4.30pm closed Monday

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