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Koebmagergade 52A, Copenhagen 1150, Denmark
+45 33 73 03 73
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The Round Tower Lookout Tower – Observatory – Exhibitions – Concerts.One of the best-known and most popular structures in Denmark, the Round Tower has been a distinctive feature of the Copenhagen skyline since 1642. The Tower once soared far above the rest of the rooftops in the city, and University astronomers studied the stars and planets from the Observatory at the top. The scholars may have forsaken the building a long time ago, but during the winter visitors are still able to gaze at the cosmos from Europe's oldest functioning observatory. The platform that runs around the outside of the Observatory affords views over the old Latin Quarter – from here, you can spot most of the city's famous buildings. The Round Tower does not have an elevator, so visitors have to climb the winding, white-washed Spiral Walk, where kids often hide in the niches, only to jump out shouting “boo!” as adults approach. Halfway up the tower is the entrance to the large and stunningly beautiful Library Hall, which now serves as a popular gallery and concert venue. It hosts several exhibitions a year, and stages concerts almost every week. Above the Library is the Bell Loft, notable for its enormous wooden beams, which were used in the reconstruction of the Tower following the great fire of Copenhagen in 1728. The Loft is also home to a small exhibition of fascinating artefacts from the Tower's history, including Christian IV's wax seal, a tin of medicine produced by Tycho Brahe, and a piece of the bomb that exploded in the Library Hall during the bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807.The Round Tower was built by Christian IV between 1637 and 1642. It was the first part of the Trinitatis Complex, which combined church, library and observatory in a single building.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Koebmagergade 52A, Copenhagen 1150, Denmark
Indre By (Inner City)
+45 33 73 03 73
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Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

A very interesting example of architecture of another time as the floor winds as rises to the top. The views of the city are excellent and it is a very good way to orient yourself to the location of all of the major sights. Do...More

Thank mthreecubed
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

This 17th century round tower is an astronomical observatory. You reach the top of the tower through a spiral ramp and there are few interesting stops along the way. The 360deg view over the city of Copenhagen is really awesome on clear days.

Thank Ndidouya
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

The view is a little restricted by a metal railing (presumably to stop suicides) so not great for the photographer wanting a panorama and it's not the ideal location to see the best sights from. So I'd say it's probably a better experience for a...More

Thank Perfect10
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Since you have to pay to get up the tower, you hope the view is worth it. It is okay, but about the same as the view from Christiansborg, which you can go up for free. Skip this and go up Christiansborg parliament building instead.

Thank JRodTree
Reviewed 21 May 2016

What a fascinating building. Slopping floor from ground to top. Beautiful views from the top all over the city. Worth a visit if you have an hour to spare.

Thank Pauline M
Reviewed 21 May 2016

The slope up to the top of the tower is gentle so it takes awhile. There are a few places to stop which makes it pretty easy even if you're not in great shape. I went up with two small children and didn't have too...More

Thank Jon S
Reviewed 21 May 2016

This is a 17th century round tower right in the middle of Copenhagen which was an astronomical observatory. The entrance fee is 25dkk ( about £3) and well worth it for the amazing views from the top. This gives a wonderful photo opportunity. On a...More

Thank Angela C
Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Easy climb up to the top - very few stairs, mostly a ramp. View is nice, at a height to see much of the city. But the view is a little obstructed due to a fence to stop people from plummeting off the building. You...More

Thank egersten
Reviewed 20 May 2016

This is something a bit different with the corkscrew walk up to the top for a good view of the city. You can go at your own pace as there is plenty of room for others to pass and with just a few stairs when...More

Thank MataiWest
Reviewed 20 May 2016

Really surprised to find there are no steps just a sweeping slope to climb. Well worth going to the top with great views of the city.

Thank meandmybloke
Indre By (Inner City)
This is the heart of old town Copenhagen, with its
blend of charming old buildings and bold new
architecture, broad avenues and tiny streets as well
as picturesque canals and a modern harbor. The inner
city is home to the Royal Danish Theatre, which
consists of three buildings, two of which are new and
situated on the harbor front. The streets, squares and
venues of the inner city and its surrounding
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9 January 2017|
Response from Iris P |
21 September - 20 may: daily 10-18 21 may - 20 September: 10- 20 the tower is closed 24 and 25 December and 1 January the observatory is open: October - March, Tuesday and Wednesday 19 - 21
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15 July 2015|
Response from Robert K | Reviewed this property |
Yes, as are wheelchairs and mobility scooters. There is a tight spiral staircase of about a dozen steps at the very top to gain access to the observation deck so you would need to leave the buggy at the top of the ramp.
30 June 2015|
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Response from Davide D | Reviewed this property |
You don't need to buy ticket with Copenhagen Card!
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