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“Up the Tower”
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Ranked #29 of 395 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 March 11, 2014

This is an easy amble up a spiral to a fabulous view across the city.Take your time. Also a bell tower and an exhibition and shop half way- do not miss the privy used by hans Christian himself!

1  Thank Barb S
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Lovely little excursion up to the top of this tower. Winding path most of the way up and then some steps at the top to carry on to the viewing platform. Stunning views.

Thank Laura F
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

A good rounded walk up to the top of the tower. Good view od the city but not awesome. If you've already visited all the other attractions of the city, just give a look. Less than half an hour to visit it.

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Reviewed February 28, 2014

When visiting Copenhagen, you must come here! There are no stairs so you basically just walk up and on your way you can learn about the history of the church it's connected to, see what it used to look like in the old days and see some other interesting things. And the view is really worth it. It is nice to climb up this tower at the end of your stay and try to find all the places you've been to!

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Reviewed February 27, 2014

I used to visit this tower everytime I went to Copenhagen when I was a child and I loved it, running around all the way up to the top! Maybe that's why I still love this tower as an adult. So If you go with children, I'm sure they will enjoyed it.

Thank Murisify
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