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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 trip itinerary planner.
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  • Only a train ride or a few bus stops away from Nyhaven, I went looking for this on a mission to see a classic wind mill in person. This mill is on the top of a star shaped mound/fort, so getting a str...  more »
  • We have been many times in Copenhagen, and never visited the Citadel. The gjode we saw a cold, humid March day. Lots of visitors. Really nice area. Exciting buildings. We have decided to come up again this summer, when the weather turns out from another side.
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  • A very pleasant walk through this fairly quiet old fort with some residual military presence. An oasis of calm in the city and nice buildings to look at.  more »
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  • A historical place in the heart of Copenhagen. Do not miss strolling inside and around the walls of this old fortress. Nature history and pleasure are combined all together. Just a few minutes far from the Mermaid statue. You can also walk on the walls and enjoy the majestic view. Keep your eyes open since some interesting birds might nest around there
  • This fortress is a very beautiful place. The grounds are open to the public to walk around. Do not miss a walk on the Ramparts, the path are very beautiful and nice. It is a good place for a jog. Do not be alarm by armed soldiers patrolling the ground. The commander house is very beautiful too.
  • We see lots of people walk and run around the pentagram moat. Seems like a residential area now. Calm and nice place to be. There is also a pretty windmill at one of the corners.
  • Nice place to walk around it and discover the four sides . No activities there never At least a place to get coffee 😅
  • It is a very wel preserved star fortress and provides a nice place take a walk on an take in the views from the earthworks. But just beware that it is an active military base and soldiers might shoo you away if you stray into arear you should not be, which are a bit hard to make out due the lack of signs.

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