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Rundetaarn

Kobmagergade 52A, Copenhagen 1150, Denmark (Indre By)
33 73 03 73
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Ranked #19 of 210 Attractions in Copenhagen
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Type: Observation Decks/ Towers
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... more » 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. « less
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We climbed this tower first....most of the climb was in fact a spiral ramp with a few steps at the end. Certainly worth it and a great place for a 360 degree view of the city. We also climbed the OurSaviour church tower.

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Livadia, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

nice old construction,with stairs only on the top floor,with view into the church that is close to it ,with a room of old science instruments and finally a great view over the city.good fare price as well

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

... and much more. A not too challenging but unique pathway to the top. En route, a marvellous exhibition by women architects, industrial designers et al, to wander around and wonder at. But the view from the top is great over this lovely city,

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

Science buffs rejoice. This is a must see for those who are scientifically inclined, and should still be a priority for others who just want to enjoy a great view. The climb is not too bad, but keep in mind that there are stairs at the top and the cobblestone charm of the spiraled ramp also means that it is... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

At first we were a bit hesitant with the amount of climbing to get to the top but as long as you stay towards the outer wall the slope is quite gentle. The 50 odd steps to reach the very top were also manageable for middle aged people. The views from the top can only be described as spectacular. Well... More

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not toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Really unique tower with a beautiful sloping floor. Totally worth admission and the climb to see the view of this amazing city. There was also some exhibits along the way as well as an exhibition on local artists doing modern art. So a bit of something for new and old!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The cobblestone ramp provides an easy walk up and down to see the view of Copenhagen's skyline. I imagine kids will enjoy the chance to run around in circles on the way up and down (and hearing about how the king rode his horse all the way up when the tower was opened!). Entrance was DK25, but this doesn't include... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

There's not a lot to the Rundetaarn, though inside it is a beautiful ramp up to the observation deck with a great view of Copenhagen from right within the centre. Check the times when you can enter the observatory and look through the giant telescope.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

A must see on the shopping street Stroget, kids will love it, you walk all the way to the top, no steps, but smooth cobblestone and the view from the top is great. My visit was June 2013

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Friendship, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Why do atheist say the church holds back science. This is living proof that the church and science work beautifully together. The building has amazing architecture but there isn't necessarily much to do on top except take in the beautiful view of Copenhagen. The entrance was 25Kr so not that expensive.!;)

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