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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. Arrange to visit The Round Tower and other attractions in Copenhagen using our Copenhagen trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • August 17, 2017
    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 »
  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • June 24, 2017
    The Round Tower is brilliant. You climb up on a wide spiral road, designed so they could ride their horses to the top. From there you get great views of Copenhagen. Very interesting place. This attraction is included with a Copenhagen Card.
  • June 26, 2017
    It makes for a good walk up the spiral ramp. I don't suggest coming with a wheelchair/crutches unless you're ready for a long climb and steep stairs at the top. The view is totally worth it, though!
  • June 4, 2017
    Excellent View from the top. No stairs, it is a slope going upwards. It has no lift so can be difficult for aged people. Well maintained. Certain bits are dark.
  • June 27, 2017
    Curious place to go. Old astronomical observatory. Nice climbing to the top to see a wonderful view. Cheap to visit for Copenhagen standards.
  • July 7, 2017
    Just like the name u have to make rounds to reach top. Top view is very good. And there is a paper art museum as well.

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