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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 #18 of 205 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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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Unusual tower in that the floor slopes upward in a spiral fashion. Shame about the inner railings atv the top, but necessary I am sure. The actual church attached in beautiful too, worth a visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Lovely views of the city from the top. It's a very easy climb too because it's not stairs you have to go up, but a ramp that spirals up.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Years later, you'll remember this spiraling trek up gentle ramps in a historic building----for great views of Copenhagen. Experiece the streetlife on your way to the Rundetaarn. Copenhagen is one of the great pedestrian cities. Little wonder that Danes look so healthy, fit and happy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Came across this round tower, thinking it was going to be stairs all the way, we found it to be a brick path. Really easy climb and views out over Copenhagen were great. There was a gallery part way up and that was worth a visit. There was an entrance off to the side with a glass floor, it is... More

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Otley West Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

We liked the tower. The route up isn't stairs like a normal tower but a wide brick path, very easy to climb. There's a entrance half way up with a glass floor. There's a small art gallery and a small museum with some interesting things. At the top of the ramp is a small spiral staircase, about 30 steps (I... More

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Columbus OH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Don't be put off. It's an easy 5 minute climb up to the top. The views of central Copenhagen are good and you can see from Tivoli to the Oresund Bridge and beyond. A good way to get oriented. Is it worth the 25 DKK for a 20 minute attraction? Yes. Stop at the nice Trinity Church too.

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