The Round Tower
The Round Tower
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
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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Neighborhood: Indre By (Inner City)
This is the heart of old town Copenhagen, with its blend of charming old buildings and bold new architecture, broad avenues and tiny streets as well as picturesque canals and a modern harbor. The inner city is home to the Royal Danish Theatre, which consists of three buildings, two of which are new and situated on the harbor front. The streets, squares and venues of the inner city and its surrounding neighborhoods, are alive all year round with everything from jazz festivals to outdoor ice skating rinks and parachuting at the lakes right in the center of the city. This compact area boasts beautiful old castles, tranquil parks, and bustling squares where you can always find a bench to stretch out your legs whenever you need a break.
How to get there
  • Nørreport • 5 min walk
  • Kongens Nytorv • 8 min walk
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  • RetreatJunkieNA
    Raleigh, North Carolina36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great fun and a unique way to spend an afternoon
    Round and round and round she goes! This is a unique, fun way to spend an afternoon. Allow plenty of time as it does take a while to make the journey, and the view from the top is worth taking in slowly.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Thomas Liam
    Montreal, Canada382 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Getting a Lay of the Land in Style
    Copenhagen is not a city that boasts many skyscrapers. Actually, I can't recall even seeing one. So when you get an opportunity to get a view over the whole city, you take it. Because there may not be another building able to offer you that for quite a while. Insider tip; try going to the Round Tower at the end of the day. I went around 7pm, an hour before closing, and while it wasn't empty it was far less busy than if I'd gone at 9 or 10 in the morning. You won't need to wait in line and you'll be able to just walk right up. The views are incredible. I was not expecting Copenhagen to have as many churches as it does, but as you'll find out some of the main sites in the distance will be church towers. It really does make the horizon all the more impressive. At approximately 8$ (Canadian) for a ticket, I actually found that to be quite affordable by Denmark's standards. In Canada, if you wanted to go up the CN Tower in Toronto for example, you'd easily be paying at least 40$. The way up is potentially the most interesting thing about this whole attraction. Whereas in most cities you'd be taking an elevator, or God forbid the stairs to the top, here they have a slowly inclining ramp all around the tower. It's dizzying, and still quite exhausting overall, but a much more fun and novel experience than one might be used to.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 29, 2023
  • S L
    Singapore, Singapore29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Round up the Rundetarn
    The Rundetarn is an ancient observatory tower which features quite a bit of history imbued into it. However, for the most part, seems like a visual attraction where you can go atop the tower and see the view of Copenhagen and the Observatory Telescope. But, truly, great views. Furthermore, it is moderately physically demanding as you will need to be able to climb a spiralling slope and reach a flight of stairs to get to the top. Not wheelchair friendly, and no lifts. The best way to access Rundetarn on foot, is to travel via Metro or Train (both are different) respectively to the Nørreport Metro Station or the Nørreport Train Station. Copenhagen Pass gives free access, but you will need to redeem at the ticket counter at the bottom of the Rundetarn.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 13, 2023
  • John B
    Toronto, Canada2,885 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views of Central Copenhagen
    A landmark in central Copenhagen it is worthwhile going into the Round Tower (Rundetarn) even just to get some of the great views from the top platform. You have to walk up and it is via a relatively steep ramp that winds it's way up - definitely not for mobility challenged individuals. En route to the top there are several stops to have a look at exhibits including a peek into the adjacent church. Admission is 40DKK or free if you have the invaluable Copenhagen Card. Lines can get long so time your entry carefully (early or late in the day).
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • MrThomas1981
    Ipswich, United Kingdom903 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice view of Copenhagen with some historical interest too
    The tower is unique in that it is entirely accessed by a sloped road all the way to the top (so that the king who built it could access the top by horse) There is a small staircase to reach the outside but its no higher than a normal house really. There are toilets halfway up which is good (modern ones as well as the exhibit ones) and plenty of information. If you are caught up in the crowds, each feature has a stack of leaflets in English and Danish beside it so that you can take the info and read at your leisure about each feature. You can also scan the QR code and have it on your phone if you prefer. The observatory at the top is generally closed off - you can poke your head in but that's about it. It is staffed by the university two evenings a week so if astronomy is your thing, then visit later. Entry is not out of the way expensive and because the ramp is so wide there are unlikely to be queues, even if there is a cruise ship in town. Its well worth the visit and very conveniently located close to the city centre shopping streets.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Peej1962
    London, United Kingdom176 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Visit
    I've read some of the previous reviews and probably wish I'd read them before I visited as I didn't go at night and wasn't able to see the Observatory. But I'd still recommend a visit for the curving floor views and the small exhibition chambers at the side. I went mid-morning, the queue was minimal and the cost very reasonable. The view from the top is interesting more than spectacular as Copenhagen isn't really the sort of City to give you towering buildings in the distance but the historical aspect is fascinating and it's not something you can really miss if you want to see the main sites in Copenhagen.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 24, 2023
  • stjean11
    Dorset, United Kingdom1,017 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic views from the top. Don't miss the Observatory.
    Loved this Roundtower. It's a bit of a walk up the tower. Do look out for the arch in the middle that has a glass cover that drop's through the middle of the tower. The Observatory at the very top is well worth a view but you are not allowed to actually go inside it. Free toilets are inside at a couple of locations. Fantastic views from the top.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Corrado R
    Vedano al Lambro, Italy1,159 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tower with a view
    Nice historical tower in Copenhagen. It's quite interesting to walk around the circular ascent and exit at the upper floor where one can enjoy a wonderful view of the city and its roof. Along the way there are some interesting spots, in particular the area for exhibitions, where we enjoyed the one dedicated to wolves.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Li S
    Ely, United Kingdom922 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ramped up experience!
    Our band was visiting from the UK to play a show in Copenhagen, and we had a day free before soundcheck so wandered up here. Entrance is pretty cheap, the climb is fun and a lot easier than steps. Obviously a fantastic view. There was an exhibit full of taxidermy wolves and good toilets on the way down. There was also a bit of glass you could stand on above the massive drop to the bottom if you're feeling brave. Would 100% recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Chang Percy
    Taipei, Taiwan504 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice views
    The panorama from the top is spectacular! The climb to the top is not hard as one big ramp and then a very small spiral staircase onto the roof. There are also several different rooms to explore on the way up, if you are interested in learning more about the tower.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 23, 2023
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thepattersons2014
Killyleagh, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We visited Rundetarn in the evening as the sun was starting to set it was a lovely view over the city of Copenhagen. The walk up was fun and was nothing like any other tower we have visited. It was nice to stop along the way and look out the windows and they had a cafe and small bell room to view along the way. The story behind the tower is fun and they also have an observatory at the top which you can view. Well worth a visit if you are in the city and ot is a reasonably priced activity.
Written March 1, 2020
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Josh Formentera
Copenhagen, Denmark578 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Solo
Nice to experience to see inside the tower. It's 17th century tower located in the city center in Copenhagen and its iconic building which houses exhibition experience and the tower attached to a nice church. It takes a 3 minute walk to the top. There is nothing much fancy to see around and if you want to see the nice view of Copenhagen from above coupled with the nice sunset, this place a must to see. The entrance cost 40kr per adult. The place open at 10:00 and closes 20:00 pm during summer. From October to March open at 10:00 and closes at 18:00 and its open everyday except Christmas holidays.
Written August 31, 2020
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Susan O
Norwood, MA20 contributions
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Feb 2020
So often, (perhaps in an effort to NOT look like a tourist), we don't take the time to look up when visiting a new city (although in this case it could also have been the rain). Because of that, I actually went past this tower twice before noticing it was there!! When I included it on a day's ramblings I was surprised it was hiding in plain site and that it is much more than it appears from the outside. For a small a fee, (25kr...I think?) you can walk up the ramp inside, (not stairs), to the top and the view is beautiful. There is also access from the tower to the church "attic" with a wonderful, small but informative exhibit of the tower's history & construction. I'm very glad I made a point to seek this out and spend some time (roughly an hour) here. There was also a fun activity for kids while I was here, that required them to find and learn about real and & literary animals! Very cute!
Written February 12, 2020
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bluenosejock1
Dunfermline, UK462 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Although not recognised as a "must do" when you think about visiting Copenhagen i would highly recommend that you do!!

Set on the pedestrianised shopping street in the city centre you can climb the wide, cobbled spiral to the very top (around 35 metres from ground level). On the way up there are some really interesting things to see including the bell tower an old 'privy' and a glass floor to stand on and show how far you have climbed.... Upon reaching the top you are treated to a fantastic view above the rooftops of the city. There are really handy plaques pointing out what you can see from each angle. You really can see for miles and it is very cheap.... Highly recommended!!
Written March 9, 2020
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rh2473
Carrickfergus, UK331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Not expensive, part of the city’s cultural identity . Built so the king could take his horse to the top makes this spot worth the effort.
It is a struggle if you’re not fit but you can take your time. Don’t forget to look down the well on the way up. With its glass floor situated near the top in the centre column.
The views from the top are superb. Short half hour visit at a low cost will tick another attraction off you list.
Written January 20, 2020
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Karen F
Rome, Italy75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This tower is something to visit in Copenhagen.
It’s a round tower with no stairs, so it’s very easy to go up. The tower is a XVIII century building, divided in three parts: the first stop is a museum/library/gift shop with different installations from contemporary artists. The second stop is the bells room, and last but not least there’s the third stop with the astronomical observatory and a 360 degrees overview outside the tower.
I really recommend this place, because it’s fast, cheap (3€more or less) and easy also for families with children.
Written January 13, 2020
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TA6888
Vancouver, Canada223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
360-degree view of Copenhagen from the top observation deck. Family-friendly venue. If required, you can sit on any of the window ledges winding around the tower. The is also a large hall with a gift shop, a few exhibits, and tables and chairs half way up.
Written February 25, 2020
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Ben White
Northampton, UK3,013 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
This is certainly a unique Tower, unlike anything I’ve experienced before.
There’s a small entrance fee of £4.50 to enter the tower, you’re unable to purchase tickets online but we were able to buy them at the entrance by a hospitable young woman.
As it’s an equestrian staircase going up Rundetårn there’s no steps until you reach the top of the tower where you have to take a narrow staircase to reach the viewing platform which works on a traffic light system, so it avoids any pedestrian mishaps. There’s also a telescope in an observatory at the very top which you can view and take pictures of but you can’t enter it unfortunately. The 360 views at the top were lovely but nothing groundbreaking. Just before you reach the top, there’s a small, hidden entrance to the centre of the tower with a glass bottom so you can appreciate the height you’ve ascended but it’s very easy to miss- so keep an eye out!
There’s a quaint cafe/gift shop on the same level as the museum, which is located about halfway up the tower.
Overall, I would recommend visiting the tower as it’s different and not far from the main shopping street but I wouldn’t class it as a must see.
Written January 14, 2023
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AG
Prince William County, VA74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
After a 6 day whirlwind tour through Copenhagen, I can say that Round Tower had, by far, the best views experienced. Worth 2x the price of admission (probably one of the few in Copenhagen that charges less than I'd be willing to pay!)

Go in the afternoon on a sunny day for the nice shots of Marble Church and Rosenborg and Nikolas Church. Go in the mornings for the best views of City Hall and south City Center. We went in the late afternoon and only the first half mentioned had good lighting.
Written September 5, 2021
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,477 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We walked back to the square with the city hall in and did some photos then took a very meandering route to the Round Tower. Sofia still wasn't sure about going in but I dragged her and we slowly spiralled our way to the top. There were lovely views from the top to the Oresund Bridge and the art gallery downstairs was great too. Very relaxing and accessible modern art. The actual building itself is fascinating too with lovely old windows and a brick tiled floor that makes for an interesting texture. The bell tower exhibit was interesting too and everything was also in English. Certainly well worth the £2.50 fee.
Written January 5, 2020
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