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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 #17 of 194 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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The views from the top aren't that spectacular, but Rundetaarn itself is a very interesting tower with an observatory at the top (not accessible), beautiful from the outside with an unusual spiral 'ramp' inside which takes you to the top of the tower without climbing a single stair. There is also a small art gallery halfway up the tower which... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

In the middle of the pedestrian street you find this renaissance tower. Go for the view of the old city centre.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Rundetaarn is a good opportunity to see Copenhagen from above - in clear weather it is possible to see to the outskirts of Copenhagen, Øresund as well as Sweden. Expect the ascent to take about 5 minutes. On top of the tower Copenhagen University has a observatory, and furthermore you have the possibility to see a small exhibition of the... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A fascinating historical visit topped off with a great view. Although it's quite a long way up, it's a relatively easy climb.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Do not need to go to the fitness center. - The walk all the way up to the top is really a challenge, but also a great experience. On top you get the best view of Copenhagen City's green roof tops. - The roof tops are the genuine natural copper, that time has given this green surface. You must go... More

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Europe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This 17th Century tower looks intriguing from the outside, but even more so inside, where the steady spiral ramp in brick leads you up to the final short flight of wooden stairs to the roof panorama. It is such a simple, pure geometry. As surprising is the way the tower is joined to the Trinity church - you glimpse into... More

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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

I first encountered the tower when i was visiting CPH during my studies. Rumour has it the former Empress of Russia who was a Danish princess by birth was carried to the top in a carriage. Of course we cannot do this today, but it is worth the walk. You have an tremendous overview on one of the best cities... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Not the tallest tower but very unique and makes it special that there are no stairs and the view from the top is amazing.The city itself is small so you can see until the sea.Well maintained and clean.

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england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Half way up the spiral ramp that takes you to the top of the tower there is an old closet reputed to have been used by Andersen . It is cramped but sit and imagine the past, stench and claustrophobia . The view from the top is worth the climb ,actually it is easy walking the brick ramp . Swden... More

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Nottingham
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Nice for a quick visit if the weather is inclement, although the view from the top is quite spectacular there is not much to look at as you wend your way up the helical walkway. The art gallery had an exhibition of some very surreal child scaring pictures by a Danish artist....very dark

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