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Kastellet, Copenhagen

Walk or jog on the ramparts of Kastellet, Europe's oldest military bastion and a favorite park area in the city. Danish King Christian IV founded this typical Renaissance fortification with five bastions in 1626. The citadel features the original windmill from 1847, three 18th century bronze cannons on the Princesses bastion, the National Monument of Remembrance, an 18th century church, and a prison. The site also is home to the new National Memorial for all fallen Danish soldiers. A prominent prisoner at the citadel prison was a German count and the royal physician, whose affair with Queen Matilda led to his beheading by the schizophrenic King Christian VII. Today, the buildings inside the citadel serve as military barracks and offices of the Danish Defense Intelligence. To visit Kastellet on your holiday in Copenhagen, and find out what else Copenhagen has to offer, use our Copenhagen.
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  • Worth to come for a walk :) Nice views and you can see Trekroner Fort from Kastellet island. Also, there are a lot of benches.  more »
  • First of all it's free, so in an expensive city, this must be a bonus. The whole area is so well kept, with good paths for walking and exploring. Built in a pentagon shape surrounded by a moat there....  more »
  • The grounds and moats of the Kastellet fortress are beautiful to walk around. The scenery is very pretty. There is no cost to explore the area.  more »
  • This is more of a military base rather than a tourist attraction, but it is free to enter and has very nice walks around the outside and inside of the moat. We visited on Veteran's Flag Day (Sep 5) so the police and military presence was quite high.
  • When you reach to little Mermaid ,you can see this place. Very nice and greeny place. This star shaped fortress is now military base. Free entrance. You can see whole fort from top of this fortress which is amazing view.
  • While walking to The Little Mermaid, we chanced upon this star-shaped fortress. Today the fortification is used as a modern military establishment. Free entry. Cool place for a stroll!
  • Great area for a walk or reading a book in public. Offers great architecture and landscapes. Free entry. Takes about 30-45 min to go through everything. Highly recommend.
  • Really cool but not near anything. If you are walking from the city center expect to spend some time getting there. I thought it was worth it though.

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