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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Rundetaarn

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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.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

It was a little harder than I imagined to get all the way to the top but it was well worth it - even if the wind was a bit sharp. The views are predictably stunning. It's such a compact city and with such handsome buildings seen from any angle it's a winner.

Visited September 2013
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“Very nice, not expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

This place is worth to see. It is very interesting building with wonderful views of Copenhagen. The entrance fee was just 25 DKK/adult.

Visited September 2013
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Bath, England, United Kingdom
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“Stroll to the heights”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

Extraordinary tower - no stairs, but a spiral walkway (strictly actually a helix but whatever) that goes round 7.5 times (you need to be reasonably fit, or just take it slowly) then 2 short stair flights followed by a short and very tight spiral (!) staircase to the top. Panoramic views over Copenhagen. Interesting history as an observatory - Tycho Brahe himself worked here. Tip: the "cafe" near the top is actually just a self-serve-&-pay-at-the-desk facility in the gallery/shop. The tower is in the Latin Quarter. This does NOT mean dusky maidens dancing the rumba with a rose between their teeth, but is a reference to it being the area around the University, where students would customarily speak in Latin.

Visited September 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“Wonderful History and Views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

A fun place to view the city and learn more history of Copenhagen. The tower, still in use today, has been an astronomical observatory since the 1640's. The walk to the top is along a brick ramp and is an easy stroll. Kids especially were having a fun time walking up, and down, the ramp. There were several school groups (ages 7-12) in the tower and all the kids were having fun. A worthy visit for a small fee.

Visited July 2013
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Ridgefield, CT
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“Excellent views, easy climb, nice neighborhood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

This is an observatory as well as a tower to climb for some views of the city. The climb is relatively easy because it doesn't involve many steps...it angles all around and up so it allows easy access to even moderately handicapped individuals. There are also window seats where one can stop to rest. The university astronomers study the stars and the planets from the observatory at the top. The views are of the skyline and you are able to see the rides at Tivoli, church steeples, neighborhoods etc. This tower has been an integral part of Copenhagen since 1642! There is a fee but we had a city card which could be used here.

Visited September 2013
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