Rundetårn
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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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Neighbourhood: 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.
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  • Nørreport • 5 min walk
  • Kongens Nytorv • 8 min walk
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  • kmaria1202
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go when the observatory is open!
    It's a cool building (entrance fee is included in the CPH Card) with a long winding ramp that is fairly easily walkable. Pause to capture the view from the windows on your way up, and don't miss any special exhibits along the way - they are worth a stop! If you go on a night when the historic observatory is open, definitely wait in line for a peek through the telescope -- very cool experience.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 2 March 2023
  • NaomiRGreen
    Bordon, United Kingdom207 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A tourist must
    I know we are all ‘over’ visiting tall buildings in every city we go to but this one took me by surprise, because the city is so compact, you can literally see the whole city and way out to the ocean. The views were beautiful, in fact my friend commented ‘you can see why Hans Christian Andersen was so inspired here’. Tickets were super cheap, the exhibition halfway up was really unexpected and lovely and having to walk up did give it a bit more authenticity than the lifts of other viewing platforms.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Hilary
    Chicago, Illinois532 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Spot High Above Vopenhagen
    I really enjoyed our visit to this landmark. The views from the top are lovely and the walk up is interesting. It is a gradual progression - not steps upon steps, so grab your sneakers and go for a visit. The surrounding neighborhood is charming as well.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 March 2023
  • SnappleSpice
    New York City, New York542 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go on a night when you can look through the telescope
    I loved the spiral up to the top of the tower. I came on a night when an astronomer was available, and so I got to looked though the massive telescope, although only at a clock tower as the sky was cloudy. Still cool! I didn't spend much time in the exhibits as I felt they were geared more towards children (there were many kids there).
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Marshall B
    Ferney-Voltaire, France3,678 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth every step! Extraordinary views, interesting exhibits
    This is definitely the place to take great photos of the skyline, and the walk up is not what one might expect - it is a spiral ramp, wide enough (and gradual enough) for horses! There are also exhibits in some of the rooms as you go up (or down) - including an observatory, bell loft, planetarium and library hall (for art shows). There are brochures available about the tower as well as about the exhibits. The viewing platform, at the very top, is where the best photos can be taken.
    Visited May 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2023
  • Jasmine38Chichester UK
    Chichester, United Kingdom1,951 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and unusual structure with good views over the city centre
    Unusual structure in that it's a continuous circular path to go up apart from the a few stairs right at the top. Good views over the city centre. There are also a couple of rooms with exhibits en route.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Jen H
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best place in Copenhagen
    Probably my favourite place in Copenhagen. Great climb up the spiral ramp to the top, the current exhibition (Regnesen college) was fascinating and stunning views from the top! I visited twice in 4 days and will be back again on any future trips to the city!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Adam and Jade
    England, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thank you for making our engagement so special
    My partner called them in advance to ask if we were able to come early (which I was completely unaware of), the staff were more than happy for us to do so. We arrived, walked up the round tower and he proposed! We couldn’t thank the staff enough for allowing us to arrive early as it truly made the proposal so intimate. It was just us two with the views of Copenhagen. Although it was slightly cloudy and slight rain, we wouldn’t have changed it. I couldn’t have asked for a better place for this to happen. On the way out we purchased a model of the tower which was very reasonably priced. Thank you so much!
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 June 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia17,760 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Europe's oldest observatory with terrific views
    Rundetarn, a circular structure as its name says is set in the very center of CPH. Dating back to 1642 it is considered Europe's oldest observatory and planetarium. It has a circular path leading up to the top platform offering excellent views. Along that route are two exhibitions you can visit. Once up, views are unbeatable all the way to Malmo in Sweden across the Oresund channel. Entry fee is reasonable and it is included in the high value CPH card.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • David D
    1,205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A large church that was designed with a library and an astronomical observatory in the steeple.
    The church is a large one, decorated in Baroque style, but quite restrained by Baroque standards. There are large spaces in the attic for a library, and one can ascend the church tower on a sloping walkway to see where the observatory once stood. The views from the top of the tower are very impressive.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
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Hany G
Bakersfield, CA1,088 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I booked the ticket at the kiosk at the entrance and the ticket was cheap.
It is kind of a slope up with no stairs till almost the top where you are going to use the stairs.
The view from the top is great.
Going down is much easier.
You may need only 30 minutes to visit the tower.
Written 18 February 2024
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tezpil
Portsmouth, UK4,651 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Just tuned up and got tickets at the door, no queue. We visited in September and were able to the see The Danes with Wolves exhibition which was on display until the end of the year. Look out for the next exhibition here. A spiralling slope most of the way with a staircase at the top. Good views and easier coming down. Visit the church to.
Written 20 January 2024
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Mark D
Lagoa, Portugal87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We were debating on going to the round tower, but glad we did. It is inexpensive visit and very accessible. The ramp up is nice for those with bad knees! The last 15 meters requires climbing a circular stair, but the views are worth it! It is a popular school outing for classrooms, so timing is important during the school season.
Written 30 December 2023
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L_K1509
London, UK1,333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Round and round and round…..
Ok you get the picture.

Very easy walk up to the sloped walkway, it was not slippery at all even though it was paved in small bricks. At the top the traffic light system of red/ green lights works well for the last short spiral staircase to the top viewing area.

The view looks over Copenhagen and you can walk around the top of three tower. The view is good, mainly because most of the city of low level. There are no seats but as it was very cold it didn’t matter to me. On the way up/ down there are plenty of window seats to rest on.

Includes with Copenhagen card
Written 13 December 2023
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Andrew Jones
London, UK394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The tower offers great views of the surrounding city and it’s an easy climb to the top. Entry is included with the Copenhagen Card.
Written 4 December 2023
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harblinger
Liverpool, UK229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Stunning views over the city from this unusual tower with a fascinating history. Must confess it was a lot easier climbing the ramp up than the steps. Just a few narrow steps at the top to compete with. Almost suggest this is a must-do because of it's location and the ease of the visit
Written 10 November 2023
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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK787 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Excellent. Easy access as sloped ramp most of the way and nice and wide. There are still steps as you get to the top, 27 ordinary ones immediately followed by 31 spiral steps. The view is wonderful 360 degrees and open air. Very much worth the effort. Also unexpected display, in a side room, part way up, of taxidermized wolves and dogs, bit random but worth a look, if only for a rest from climb. Lots of info on way up with leaflets up about trip 50 mins in all. Excellent traffic light system for spiral stairs.
Also happened to see Soldiers marching for the changing of the guard at the palace, just marching down the street by the tower.
Written 8 November 2023
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Chang Percy
Taipei, Taiwan163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
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.
Written 23 October 2023
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Lucy
Chichester, UK71 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
A fairly interesting visit but we didn’t stay long as there wasn’t too much to see. The views from the top of the tower were great though.
Written 19 October 2023
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MAM
310 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This was our second time here. This time with a different friend. Always an interesting visit with beautiful vistas and lots of history to ponder.
Written 13 October 2023
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