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“Worth a visit - even for a local”
Review of Rundetaarn

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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Rundetaarn is a good opportunity to see Copenhagen from above - in clear weather it is possible to see to the outskirts of Copenhagen, Øresund as well as Sweden. Expect the ascent to take about 5 minutes. On top of the tower Copenhagen University has a observatory, and furthermore you have the possibility to see a small exhibition of the towers history, etc.

I'm a local, and I've been there a few times :)

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

A fascinating historical visit topped off with a great view. Although it's quite a long way up, it's a relatively easy climb.

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Do not need to go to the fitness center. - The walk all the way up to the top is really a challenge, but also a great experience. On top you get the best view of Copenhagen City's green roof tops.
- The roof tops are the genuine natural copper, that time has given this green surface.

You must go up and see this rear view.

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Reviewed 14 April 2014

This 17th Century tower looks intriguing from the outside, but even more so inside, where the steady spiral ramp in brick leads you up to the final short flight of wooden stairs to the roof panorama.

It is such a simple, pure geometry.

As surprising is the way the tower is joined to the Trinity church - you glimpse into the church itself through a doorway shortly after the beginning of the ramp, and then from the ramp you can enter the Library Hall and Bell Loft each stacked above the church below.

The views over Copenhagen from the top are breathtaking, especially on a fine day.

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Reviewed 12 April 2014

I first encountered the tower when i was visiting CPH during my studies. Rumour has it the former Empress of Russia who was a Danish princess by birth was carried to the top in a carriage. Of course we cannot do this today, but it is worth the walk. You have an tremendous overview on one of the best cities in the world. With a clear view you can also see the Oresund bridge.

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