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kiek de kök, Tallinn, EstoniaOne of the best things about Tallinn, Estonia is its old town. You feel like you are stepping back in time to the Middle Ages.  There are tons of the fortress walls still in tact and plenty of the old towers, like this one – Kiek de Kök.

You can see the tower from Harju Hill because they are right next to each other.  With the snow, you get this nice effect:

kiek de kök, Tallinn, EstoniaHere’s a little history thanks to Wikipedia:

Kiek in de Kök is an old Low German nickname for towers, mainly those that formed parts of town fortifications. They gained the name from the ability of tower occupants to see into kitchens of nearby houses.

Regardless, it’s a beautiful site of a bygone era.  We were just glad to be there.

kiek de kök, Tallinn, EstoniaThe tower is connected to this section of wall (shown above) and makes up the Linnamuuseum, which is a museum of the historical fortifications.

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