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Rundetaarn

Kobmagergade 52A, Copenhagen 1150, Denmark (Indre By)
33 73 03 73
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As featured in 3 days in Copenhagen
Ranked #19 of 206 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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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

The tower is well worth a visit, even if you`re only interested in the views from the top. It`s only 2 pounds 50p for entry, and the the whole of Copenhagen can be seen from the top. The Observatory is only open on Sundays, so try and go then, but this isn`t essential. Amazing structure and history - add it... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Great view from the top, and the chance to stand on the glass floor and look down the centre of the tower is not to be missed.

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Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited Rundetårn and found it quite different than any other towers we have visited. You walk around and around until you reach the top ( no stairs except for three stairs at the end), and when you reach the top there`s a lovely view over Copenhagen.

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Ulm, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

It's only 25dkk to get on top of the Rundetaarn. There are stairs on the last part, but mainly you just walk a trail up. In between is a gallery. The view is pretty and on top they also have benches to sit down.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Rundetaan is an observation tower and gives you one of the best views of the city and fortunately there is an easy climb involved so all those who are afraid of stairs, fear not because all they have is a raised platform that will take you to the top. On a nice breezy weather there is nothing like than being... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We were walking around Copenhagen and happen to come across The Round Tower on accident. We were so glad we did! It is not as high as some of the other options around town, but that meant you could more clearly see the other sites! There are not that many steps because the inside was build like a spiral ramp... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

As soon as I heard about The Round Tower I knew I had to see it. Quirky old buildings are my thing, and this fits the bill. The engineering that went into constructing it is impressive, especially given its age (built around 1640). I loved walking up and down the gentle ramp which is 209 meters to the top (there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Whenever I'm asked what to do in Copenhagen, I tell travellers to climb Rundetårn. The view is magnificent, the history of Christian the IV building it is charming and it's a good fix point for seeing the city.

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Bergen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I've been in Rundetårnet two times, and the view from the top is amazing and really beautiful! It's not stairs all the way up either, so it's really easy to go up!

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

ON a hot day, the breeze at the top is great! The view is excellent too. An easy climb as most of is is a smooth rising path rather than stairs.

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