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Address: Kobmagergade 52A, Copenhagen 1150, Denmark
Phone Number: 33 73 03 73
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Round Tower Lookout Tower – Observatory – Exhibitions – Concerts.One...
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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This is an exceptional building and you must see it. We've all climbed church towers and cathedrals, this tower is amazing because it has no steps (well a few at the top) it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is an exceptional building and you must see it. We've all climbed church towers and cathedrals, this tower is amazing because it has no steps (well a few at the top) it consists of an elegantly designed spiral path that even the least fittest (myself included) can manage without palpitations. If you can figure out how it was built... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Was lucky enough to be at the top when the Queen's Guards marched through on the way to Amalienborg. It's also a great place to get a panoramic view of the city. And an added bonus for me was that it's literally a ramp to the top, no steps. And make sure you stroll through Trinitatis Church which is literally... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Well worth the £5 entrance fee. A steady stroll round and round up the ramp to get a great view over the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is actually easy to climb up, as most of the way it is a ramp, followed by a wide set of stairs. The narrow spiral comes last and only goes for a couple of turns. Great view of the city in every direction. Perfect for a fine day.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Nice compliment to the shopping and bar hopping! Enter runda tornet for 25 dk and take a moment to view al of Copenhagen

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Long spiral slope up to the top, view is like any other English cathedral or tower -- alot of matching architecture. There were metal bars and railings for safety which made it impossible to take good pictures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This was the tower we opted for in getting our high-altitude view of Copenhagen and surrounds. It's worthwhile for the view, but also the unique and fascinating structure itself. We've never seen anything like it (and probably never will anywhere else). The climb on the flat stones wasn't too taxing and there are lots of little nooks and crannies to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The view from the top is totally worth the climb! Luckily there are not too many steps, most of the way up is a sloped, spiral pathway so you're not out of breath when you reach the top of the tower. My only gripe is the 40DKK fee (£4) to use the telescopes at the top, I felt it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Roundtower, as it is called in Danish is worth a visit. The view from the top is not only a beautiful view but also a historical view, as you can see much of Copenhagen as it was many hundreds years ago. The history behind the tower is also interesting. Take some time to google it or speak to the personnel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Such a unique structure! I've never seen a tower like it - we ran into it by chance but I'm really glad we did because it's cool. Good fun to walk up and down (a novel experience) and it was also the best vantage point of Copenhagen that we got in our whole stay. It also wasn't too expensive (something... More 

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