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The Round Tower, Copenhagen

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For sweeping views over the city, climb to the top of The Round Tower. Built in the 17th century as one of many architectural projects commissioned by King Christian IV, this tower long served as an important astronomical observatory. The structure formed part of a scientific complex that once provided scholars with access to a chapel, church, and academic library. Today the tower ranks among the country's major tourist attractions, featuring a famous 7.5-turn spiral corridor leading to an observation platform. Through the tower you can also access a former library hall, now used as a cultural venue and exhibit space. To visit The Round Tower and other attractions in Copenhagen, use our Copenhagen trip builder tool .
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  • What a nice relatively cheap attraction! It runs funny tilted up, there is a nice exhibition space, also for children. View is nice and, above all, in the middle of and make a beautiful picture. You stand on a glass plate and in depth look. Nice!
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  • We assumed the spiral gently rising floor led all the way to the top. However there is a spiral staircase followed by an incredibly steep, tight, narrow and difficult to traverse stone spiral staircas...  more »
  • We hop on the round tower on the day of arrival in Copenhagen! The climb has no steps, but a circular path that leads to the top pretty sweet! The view from the top is gorgeous! It's worth the climb.
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  • Amazing architecture and is having an ancient history attached with Copenhagen high rise. A beautiful cityscape can be seen in a clear day. Not suggested for cloudy and rainy days. In short I love it and would suggest to visit it on a sunny or clear day if you are planning to go to the top
  • This is one of the few great places to stop by, to get a view of the Copenhagen 'from above'. Copenhagen is known for its many towers, so this is an easy way to see them. It's also considered as a very important part of Danish history. I would only go here for the view though, the museum is not that interesting.
  • What great views from the top! The climb is actually relatively easy - the slope isn't too steep. There was also a neat art exhibit on the way up as well as being able to see the church and bell loft. It's definitely worth a quick stop at.
  • I love to go to somewhere high up in a city around the world and this is that "somewhere high up" in Copenhagen! Definitely worth it to soak in the view of Copenhagen. Also, there's some short history about the tower while walking up, my favourite is the hollow tower, go dare yourself to stand on the glass floor while looking up or down.
  • Nice architecture - I love the round slope when climbing up to the tower. Definitely easier than climbing up on staircase. New view from above. Entrance fee is 25 DKK for adult

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Most of the hotels in Copenhagen are located in the central Vesterbro or hip Indre By areas, though there are many more adventurous (and somewhat more affordable) places to stay during your vacation. As in the rest of Denmark, accommodations in Copenhagen are quite expensive. If you're traveling on a tight budget, consider camping along the Mølleå River or staying in one of the city's many backpacker hostels. If you prefer an inexpensive hotel, explore options in the Helgolandsgade and Colbjørnsensgade neighborhoods. For a taste of Denmark's art scene, head to the up-and-coming Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn areas. Travelers who like to stay outside of the main tourist areas should set their sights on one of the city's suburbs, like the northern section where you can stay at a beachfront hotel or on a houseboat.
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