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Kastellet, Copenhagen

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#8 of 32 in Historic Sites in 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. By using our Copenhagen trip itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Kastellet and other attractions in Copenhagen.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful trees and well-kept area. A lot of interesting history for those who are interested in it. For those who just want to go out for a walk or jog it is great on top of the ramparts. NB: not allowed with the bike on the ramparts. Is recommended.
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  • August 17, 2017
    You do it with pleasure, after seeing the Little Mermaid. Also to complete around the other side of the Park. I did not understand if it is a barracks, however the Council.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Most of the other comments cover the same ground, so I'll offer a slightly different perspective. There is a small chapel near the windmill in the fortress, and my friends were married there; in fact,...  more »
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  • June 24, 2017
    You may like to have a walk here. It is queit and relaxing but there is nothing bizarre to see. Just go have a walk and relax.
  • April 6, 2017
    Beautiful place to walk around. Not too many tourists go there so it is quite peaceful. There is a wonderful windmill and lots of beautiful old buildings.
  • May 20, 2017
    Very large fortress with a lot of things to see, not too many tourists seem to have found the place so it is pretty peaceful.
  • May 23, 2017
    A very nice place to have a walk also there are not a lot of tourists going there so it's pretty silent too
  • May 21, 2017
    another awesome site to see. they were having drills the day we went it was cool to watch

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