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Exclusive history and ghost tours in the four towers of the Kiek in de Kök fortification museum.

Perhaps you have visited Kiek in de Kök or Maiden Tower and have wondered about the other towers that are part of the Danish King’s Garden. Now there is finally a chance to visit all four with a knowledgeable guide.

Guided tours through the four historic towers of Tallinn city wall take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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Wednesdays at 2 pm
Thursdays at 7 pm

History tour: The four towers and the Danish King’s Garden

Historically this section of the wall and the towers that punctuate it heroically weathered enemy attacks, saw the birth of many legends and ghost stories, and became home to many artists and and other well-known people. Your guide will be Kadi Pilt. The tour is in English.

Admission is with a museum ticket (7 EUR, concessions 4.50 EUR) purchased at Neitsitorn at the beginning of the tour.

PLEASE NOTE! As the Thursdays 7 pm tour takes place after hours, payment is in cash only.

Please book in advance using this web form!

Description:
The tour will start at the Maiden Tower (Neitsitorn). If weather permits, we are going to be in the Danish King’s Garden at first seeking answers to many questions: did God really perform a miracle over here, how were the cannons and church bells cast, why did the sacristan of St.Olaf’s have to whip the pigs for a pay?
Depending on the weather we then walk through the Garden and around the wall to the Kiek in de Kök artillery tower, or use the access along the wall-walk. After visiting Kiek in de Kök, we walk along the wall-walk, with its magnificent views, to the Old Town and learn about who has historically lived or set up shop there in this somewhat shady corner against the wall. Who were the town executioners, why was Boleman’s sauna so important, where was the prison for prostitutes?
We then come back to Maiden Tower, where we learn about the history and famous people who have lived here over many centuries. From Maiden Tower we continue along the wall-walk to the Marstall, aka Stable Tower (Tallitorn), once an infamous prison, and then on to the Short Leg Gate Tower (Lühikese jala väravatorn), a symbol of two cities, Reval and Dome city, that never got along, now best known by its countless ghost legends. We return using the wall-walk through the Maiden Tower to the Danish King’s Garden.

The tour will take about 1h 30 min depending on how fast we move.

 

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hursdays at 9 pm

Ghost tour: Stories of hauntings, the legends of the four towers, stories of the Danish King’s Garden

Urban legends claim that the four towers and the Danish King’s Garden are the most haunted area in the Old Town. People have witnessed supernatural phenomena here for many centuries; even today new encounters with the inexplicable emerge, giving rise to new stories and legends. The tour is a mixture of legends and historical fact.
Your guide will be Kadi Pilt. The tour is in English. Admission is with a museum ticket (7 EUR, concessions 4.50 EUR) purchased at Neitsitorn at the beginning of the tour.

PLEASE NOTE! As this tour takes place after hours, payment is in cash only.

Please book in advance using this web form!

Description:
The tour starts at Maiden Tower (Neitsitorn). Depending on the weather we then walk through the Garden and around the wall to the Kiek in de Kök artillery tower, or use the wall-walk. After visiting Kiek in de Kök and hearing some ghost stories of the distant (and recent) past we take the wall-walk with its magnificent views to the Old Town and learn about the town executioners who lived there next to the wall.
Back in Maiden Tower we talk about the legends associated with it and try to figure out what might have given birth to them. We also hear some of the ghost stories and continue to the infamous prison of Marstall, aka Stable Tower (Tallitorn), where even the prisoners were pestered by ghosts.
Then we go on to the most haunted building in the city, the Gate Tower at Short Leg (Lühikese jala väravatorn), where we sit down and rest our legs and talk about many ghosts of this city,
We return using the wall-walk through the Maiden Tower to the Danish King’s Garden.

The tour will take about 1h 30 min depending on how fast we move.

Please dress accordingly to the weather! Some of the tour takes place outdoors. However, if the weather is truly horrible, we try to remain indoors as much as it is possible.