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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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The climb might be a bit off-putting, but apart from the very top, it's all a genially inclined slope, and just to make it even friendlier, about half way up there's a door off to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Make sure not to miss the hollow glass floor! It's really easy to miss, but I think it’s the best of the Rundetaarn. It’s on the right side while going up, just a little bit before reaching the top (on the center side of the tower). The views from the top aren't the best the city has to offer, but... More 

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The climb might be a bit off-putting, but apart from the very top, it's all a genially inclined slope, and just to make it even friendlier, about half way up there's a door off to a floor used for displays and exhibitions (and toilets- but I don't know how clean they are). The last leg is a spiral stair and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Our son loved running up around the slopes to the top and back down again and made us race him!! The views are amazing from the top and there is a glass panel which you can look down if you are daring enough. It took a while for our son to trust the glass not to break.

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Reno, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The wide 'road' inside the tower was only ever used once by a carriage but this is surely the most fun you can have climbing a tower (far better than a spiral staircase). At the top, the reward is excellent views across the city in every direction. Simple, iconic and rewarding.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is interesting, if you are interested in Danish architecture and how King Chirstian the IV changed large parts of the greater Copenhagen area. If you are not interested in this, you are not missing out on much.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Despite it hammering down with rain, we're glad we went up the top! It was lovely to see Copenhagen from high-up. The scientific history of the tower was also very interesting, so I'd recommend that you have a quick read of the info in order to fully appreciate what it was designed to do!

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Chandigarh, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The 17th century tower and observatory Rundetaarn, or the round tower, is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. To get there you need to walk up the spiral walk, which is 268,5 meters long at the outer wall and only 85,5 meters long close to the core of the building. The hall serves as the framework for exhibitions of art,... More 

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Swan' s Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Originally an observatory, the Round Tower is a landmark in central Copenhagen. It's winding, circular interior pa Ed pathway takes you past windows with views in all directions. It was said it couldn't be done, but Peter the Great ostensibly drove a team of horses up to the top. When they refused to go back down, he supposedly had them... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Came here off a recommendation. First off, very little stairs, just a spiralling ramp. At the top, great views over Copenhagen. Some interesting things on the way up, for example the old fashioned toilet and the hollow core of the tower that is used as the measuring point for all of Denmark. We visited during the tattoo exhibit, which was... More 

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Badsey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This was not expensive to enter and there are no stairs! You walk to the top via a gently sloping spiral walkway. What a good experience.

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Address: Kobmagergade 52A, Copenhagen 1150, Denmark
Phone Number: 33 73 03 73
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