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“Not expensive, nothing to lose”
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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.
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“Not expensive, nothing to lose”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

We had heard from a few people that if you want to go up a tower you should go to Vor Frelsers Kirke. So I generally advice you to do that.
But as we were just nearby, and had some spare time, we popped in. Entry isn't really expensive (I think it was 25DKK), and you're up pretty fast. The stairwell is really interesting, and the view from the top is amazing - you can see all the main sights!

Visited April 2014
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Luton, United Kingdom
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“Good views of the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

The tower looks quite impressive from the outside and once you are inside there is an interesting feature in that there are no stairs in the bottom part of the tower, instead you ascend a long, wide ramp. On the way up there is a small art gallery and a view of the bellringers loft, as well as the original toilet as used by the 17th Century astronomers for whom the tower was built. In the centre of the tower is a vertical shaft which you can look down from near the top by standing on a see through platform (if you are brave enough!!). Once you reach the top of the tower you are treated to good views of the Copenhagen skyline with annotated pictures pointing out what each of the main buildings are in the direction you are looking.

Visited May 2014
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Akersberga, Sweden
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“Nice tower”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

The tower itself is interesting enough and easy to walk up as there are no stairs until the final few meters. The view is 360 degrees of Copenhagen, but there's nothing really spectacular to see more than rooftops, more rooftops and the occasional tower. In good weather you can see Sweden and the bridge leading over there.

It doesn't cost much (25 DKK/adult) so it's still worth it.

Visited April 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Great City Views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

This was a great visit, from the top you get a great view over Copenhagen, we visited this quite early in our stay and we scoped out all the sites we'd like to visit from the top. It was cheap to do costing only 25DKK each to walk up to the top and there was a shop and an exhibition part of the way up.

Visited April 2014
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“What a surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

The Round Tower is very eyecatching from the outside.It is connected to the Trinitatis Church library.For a small entrance fee an easily walked brick ramp leads up about 40 metres to a viewing deck with great views of central Copenhagen.a staircase then leads to an observatory.

Visited April 2014
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