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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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Reviewed October 18, 2013

An unusual tower and many places to rest on the way up. A big plus was that there were no steps. Great views at top

Visited October 2013
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“Great views for cheap price”
Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

This is the best view of Køvenhavn in my opinion! Cause you can see the Our Savior from here! And all the beautiful monuments and streets. So its highly recommended, and its super easy to go up! No stairs almost, only uphill wooden floors. Unique and beautiful

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Must-see in CPH!”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

A really must-see if you are tourist or visiting Copenhagen.
The vue is extraordinaire and you can see Copenhagen and all the way to Sweden from here.

Visited November 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Cheap attraction with great views”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

The 17th century Round Tower was built as an astronomical observatory and is right in the centre of Copenhagen. It is the best place to go for views over the city's rooftops and many of Copenhagen's major buildings (for example, the Lutheran Cathedral) can be seen from there. You go up a winding spiral walkway to the observation deck, which is 35 metres above street level (there are no stairs or elevator). In the Bell Loft, there is a small, interesting exhibition about the Tower's history. Also in the Tower, there is an old fashioned toilet which was used by researchers & astonomers working in the tower. This very cheap attraction (DKK 25 per adult) is definitely worth a visit!

Visited May 2013
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“Surprise in Copenhagen”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

The Round Tower was a pleasant surprise in the heart of Copenhagen. The view at the top is spectacular. The walk up and down was pleasant, but could be challenging if you have any mobility challenges. The entrance fee is covered by the Copenhagen Card. The day we visited was rainy so this gave us an activity which was for the most part inside.

Visited September 2013
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