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Kastellet, Copenhagen
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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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  • Construction of the fortress (Citadel) began in 1646g. and lasted more than 40 years. Implemented in the form of a pentagonal star, and at one time served to protect the city from the sea from the English and the Swedish fleet. During the second world war it was a German garrison. Now, after restoration of a very interesting tourist destination, although officially belongs to the Ministry of defence of Denmark, it houses various military institutions and military can be found everywhere. Here is what to look it and the Danish soldier monument and a modern monument of international efforts in Denmark, a small church, an ancient high mill, a lot of beautiful buildings of past centuries, and in bastions are numerous guns, took part in the defense of the Fort. All very beautiful, green lawns, neat paths, view from the bastions of the city. Definitely worth a visit!
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  • Fascinating old barracks within ancient ramparts - to walk through on way to or from nearby Little Mermaid, a 'must see' in Copenhagen. 
  • I wasnt really sure what Kastellet was all, but it was worth a detour through the middle, its attractive, historically interesting and a mooch on the ramparts is nice....find out for yourself and be p...  more »
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  • Unlike many castles in the UK that try to tell you about the history of the place there isn't much to this. It's like a star shaped park with a moat, beautiful, but don't expect anything to 'do'.
  • The old citadel of Copenhagen is nowadays more like a park with armed guards in the middle. Also, there are a monument for the fallen soldiers of Denmark from 1945 to this day. Put your mobile phone on flight mode, and take a minute or two to contemplate over how many lives have been destroyed by wars, not only in Denmark, but in all over the world. Really emotional monument with all the Danish soldiers' names written on it. Unfortunately, there's room for more names.
  • Very relaxing to walk around here and let the atmosphere and beauti influence you. Dont walk the lawn. The guards dont like that ;)
  • Do not expect any history or culture here. It is just a nice park with an old Anglican Church, ponds, monuments and soldiers from the Royal Danish army. We liked it a lot. The best time to visit and make photos is the golden hour when the shadows are long.