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“Great building and view”
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Ranked #11 of 393 things to do in Copenhagen
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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 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.
Reviewed September 13, 2013

The climb is not difficult - a moderate slope instead of stairs, and there are nice little exhibitions along the way. Loved the architecture. The view is fantastic!

Thank Marie M
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Round and round you go up the cobbled path to the top of the Tower, then a few steps to the observation area. Great views all over Copenhagen. Make sure you go when there are blue skies to really enjoy the view. Only 25kr entrance charge, and there is an exhibition space that is worth seeing. So centrally located you can't miss it.

Thank Lee T
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

first for me, a spiral ramp to the top, but such a gentle path that I think most people would be able to manage, and there are small windows on the way with places to sit if needed, and of course the views are worth it, there is a very sharp spiral staircase to the very summit which could be a problem for some people,

Thank spirited74
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Really excellent views of the city from the top of the Rand tower, and an unusual orrery.
The climb to the top is three quarters via a spiral ramp, followed by a straight stair and finally a narrow spiral stair. When you get out on top, there are two fences around, the inner being above head height. No dizzying looks down throughout the whole experience, great for those of us not fond of high places! You do, however, still benefit from amazing views across the city (I never knew there were that many spires!) at a bargain price.
Don't think it'd be very nice in the winter though!

Thank sharkey777
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

The 25 Kroner charge for entry to the tower was quite reasonable and we climbed up the relatively easy spiral paved access leading up to the observation deck, pausing part way up to visit the former library which is now used to house art exhibitions.
The view from the observation deck allows a 360 degree view of the city stretching as far as the bridge over to Malmo in Sweden. The warm sunny weather added to the experience.

Thank John M
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