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“A landmark of Copenhagen”
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Classic Copenhagen Private Walking Tour
Ranked #30 of 421 things to do in Copenhagen
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
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 3 May 2015

This building of the 17th century was housing an astronomical observatory, a church and a library.In the space of the church a collection of historical items is displayed. The library is used for cultural events and houses a shop, a cafe and art exhibitions and the observatory is still functioning.From the top terrace one has a splendid view of the old part of the city.To go up is not so easy especially when you are already tired. A walking distance from Stroget and Nyhavn.

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Reviewed 2 May 2015

Walking through Stroget, we had to try our hand at walking up the Round Tower. It's challenging, but certainly doable, even for this 62 year old. Great views await from the top!

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Reviewed 1 May 2015

This is a nice round tower with the wide corridor which climbs to the top to get a nice view of the city. It is in the city center so it should be not missed on any traveller's "to visit" list.

Thank Mirjana V
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Reviewed 30 April 2015 via mobile

Interesting sloping ramp takes you hop to the old observatory.
Art exhibitions on midway floor
Worth a look
Allow 30 min

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Reviewed 29 April 2015

The view and design of the building are pretty nice. Other than that, not much else to see. And I think the view from Our saviors church in Christianhavn would be better

Thank Robs231
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