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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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  • We visited the Kastellet on the last full day of 5 day trip to Copenhagen. The Kastellet and entire area is full of history and it's of course advisable to learn about the importance of the Kastellet ...  more »
  • A lovely place to have a wander around. These old barracks (although some are still in use) are just around the corner from the Little Mermaid. Walk along the top and find the windmill or wander aroun...  more »
  • To run in the cold wind on the star-shaped path is perfect for a beautiful Sunday morning. The environment is very interesting.
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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.