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The Round Tower

Købmagergade 52A, 1150 København, Denmark
+45 33 73 03 73
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The Round Tower Copenhagen  Denmark
Seeing Stars in Copenhagen Copenhagen  Denmark
The Round Tower Copenhagen  Denmark
The Round Tower Copenhagen  Denmark
Seeing Stars in Copenhagen Copenhagen  Denmark
The Round Tower Copenhagen  Denmark

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Thur - Mon 10am - 6pm
Tue, Wed 10am - 9pm

The Round Tower

Walking along the winding streets of central Copenhagen, you will invariable chance upon the 17th-century Round Tower, with an observation deck that affords great views over the city and to Sweden in the distance. To reach the top, you walk up an interior spiral ramp with no stairs, designed to allow horses and carts in earlier times to ascend to the library and observatory, and today kids have great fun racing up and down the cobbles. The tower is also the site of an annual unicycle race. The record round-trip time so far: just under one minute 50 seconds.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 4 years ago

Seeing Stars in Copenhagen

Finished in 1642, the Round Tower was constructed to serve as an astronomical observatory. The path to the top of the tower uses a sloped ramp in place of stairs, making for a highly unusual climb and fun experience.

The top of the tower has a large viewing platform on it which allows scenic views of central Copenhagen.

While not regularly available and subject to Denmark's turbulent weather, each winter when the nights are long and the skies clear, they open the observatory to the public for limited evening viewings. As you can imagine, due to Copenhagen's near-constant daylight in the summer, this isn't available year-round.
AFAR Local Expert
about 3 years ago

The Round Tower

The 17th-century observatory is now a famous landmark with amazing views over the old part of the city. When Peter the Great of Russia visited in 1716, he rode his horse all the way to the top of the ramp while his wife followed in a carriage. Also, when the country was being mapped in the 18th century, this was point zero, so it can claim to have once been the center of Denmark.