Neitsitorn Museum Tallinn Reviews
An attraction which towers above Jun 22, 2016
An unusual “museum” which seems to be a network of passages within the town wall where it connects to two turrets. After paying admission you wander about, occasionally coming upon an exhibit or display about Tallinn, as well as stairwells leading to the tops of the towers. Views from both towers is a highlight and I recommend paying the combined fare (7€) to gain total access. You get two separate stickers to wear when you purchase full admission and we had ours checked several times during the ramble.
As I said, the twin towers are the main attraction, the Maiden Tower and Kiek in de Kök. “Kiek in de Kök” translates as ‘peek in the kitchen’. Being high enough to survey the horizon beyond the wall, this guard tower also permitted watchmen to look over their shoulder and see what was happening in town!
Nice views are offered at the summit of either tower. There is the usual narrow, winding stairwell getting upstairs, but both are short climbs and with a refreshing absence of fellow tourists, quite easy. The Maiden Tower is basically a collection of cafes (if you dine here you are allowed to go to the top without having to pay anything), one on each floor. Each café has a different personality and food/drink selections (e.g., one is a wine bar). They are also decked out in what I could “modern Medieval” décor which struck me as quite attractive. Several had a large plexiglass ‘window walls’ looking outside, adding a soothing atmosphere.
Outside of the Maiden Tower, there are several quality historical displays to stumble upon. Random distribution of these displays lets you know this is not a formal museum, but the exhibits were informational and I enjoyed learning about Tallinn at a relaxed pace. There are also several outside walkways along the wall, allowing you to smirk at the crush of tourists below. Our enjoyment of Neitsitorn Museum may have resulted mostly from the haven it offered from crowds, but there is no denying the additional pleasures of exploring the fabled fortifications with a couple of delightful panoramas tossed in.
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