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Address: Koebmagergade 52A, Copenhagen 1150, Denmark
Phone Number:
+45 33 73 03 73
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The Round Tower Lookout Tower – Observatory – Exhibitions – Concerts.One of...

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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inside the tower it's more interesting than having the view towards outside, also temporary exposition of local artist was very intersting

Reviewed 2 April 2016
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Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 April 2016

inside the tower it's more interesting than having the view towards outside, also temporary exposition of local artist was very intersting

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Reviewed 2 April 2016

Whereas the view from the top is the thing most people talk about we really loved the walk up. As opposed to the standard stairs you normally find this has a brick paved spiral walkway. It's an easy walk with interesting views and angles. Once at the top you have a wonderful view over Copenhagen but from a height where... More 

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Reviewed 1 April 2016

The sloping walkway is unusual and fun, then you get to the various kinds of steps up to the top. Views of the city from the top are good. Worth the effort.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 April 2016

Incredible view from the top of the tower - definitely a must-see. We went on a Friday morning and it was busy enough with a small queue. Definitely worth it.

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Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

There are great views from the top -- it's why everyone goes up there. Go up, spend some time enjoying the view and then have a look around the other floors. When you come out try the hot dogs from the stand below -- it was the first hotdog stand in Denmark -- the basic is the best!

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Reviewed 1 April 2016

Rundetaarn is the downtown historic district of Copenhagen is an easy walk up a brick paved spiral (which King Christian 4 used to ride up on his horse) to look down on the central city from above. There are many sitting alcoves on the way up for little feet and at the top it is a joy to see the... More 

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Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

This attraction costs approximately £2.50 per adult. At first I thought the climb would finish me off but it's such a gradual incline that the climb was quite easy with 1 or 2 short stops on the way up. At the top there are views of the entire city so it is worth the effort to get up there. We... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

Very beautiful old building and a very beautiful church! The slope to the rooftop and the views are excellent! Definitely a must see on a clear day.

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Reviewed 31 March 2016

This is the perfect thing to do for tourists. The climb up is easy and fun, and the view is great! You do have to look through iron bars, so that takes away from it a bit, but it is worth it! It is cheap and enjoyable and perfect on a nice day!

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Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

An easy climb up to the top. Smooth spiral walkway, followed by small spiral staircase. The view from the top are great. Can see the whole of the city out as far as the bridge to Sweden. Worth the entry fee if it's a nice day.

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