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Rundetaarn

Kobmagergade 52A, Copenhagen 1150, Denmark (Indre By)
33 73 03 73
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Ranked #19 of 209 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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Friendship, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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. The architecture is unique: The tower doesn't have stairs or elevators but you get to climp a winding Spiral Walk. There are cute niches and the white walls plus... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

You get a nice view over Copenhagen from the Round Tower but it is nothing in Comparison to the view from "Our Saviors Church". It was nice walking up the Round Tower without any stairs.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The hike up this tower is amazing. It's circular and was designed for horses and wagons to carry the lenses of the telescope to the top. Along the way, there are places to see, such as the bell tower, the Privy, a small museum/gift shop/cafe. The 360 degree view from the top, is specacular!

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Hire a bike, cycle round Copenhagen and stop in at the tower to take in the view but don't expect to be here for long. Half an hour to an hour is plenty of time. Worth seeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Quite by accident we chose to climb the Round Tower as we were walking in the Stroget. A fantastic experience and something not to be missed. Admission was free with our Copenhagen Cards, and we enjoyed the steady ramped climb of 209 metres to the top. Appreciated the extra little viewing "rooms" and added attractions along the climb for a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Rundetaarn has several interesting features. It does not have stairs, just one big spire. It was bild that way to allow astronomers to transport heavy equipment to be easily transported to the top where observatory was and still is. Unfortunately observatory works just several months in a year so I was not able to visit, but you can check opening... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Fantastic historical building with a great view. The old king rode his horse up the tower. Didn't have a horse, but could almost smell the atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Situated in the university district, this used to be a library and Hans Christian Andersen was a regular visitor. Now it is a tourist attraction, and a good one at that. OK, the main selling point is the viewing area at the top for great views of the city, but there is more to it than that. There is an... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The fact, that there are no stair is a big plus, but the view is nothing special. When the weather is good and sky is clear you can see the famous long bridge to Sweden.

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