Kastellet, Copenhagen

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    Buildings inside the Citadel
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    The star-shaped fortress

    by Marpessa Written Jan 5, 2006

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    Kastellet entrance
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    The first time I walked through Kastellet I didn't really know what it was, to be honest, I was just searching for a toilet, and the signs pointed me here. It was after this, when I looked at my city map to see where I was, that I saw the interesting layout of the Kastellet. It is a star-shape fortress, surrounded by water, just next to the harbour (there is land between the Kastellet’s 'moat' and the harbour). There are two bridges leading into the man-made island (built in 1660 by King Frederik III).

    Originally it was used as a military base to defend Copenhagen against any attacks. Today it is open to the public (but the military still use it), and you will find many of the public running along the paths or walking their dogs here.

    Admission is free. I think I came here everyday I was in Copenhagen (or walked past here at least), I just found it to be a very tranquil place.

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    Frederikshavn Citadel

    by Sjalen Updated Oct 18, 2005

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    Sealand (King's) Gate
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    The citadel ("kastellet") is one of the best kept city defences in northern Europe today. Started in 1626, it was built to defend Copenhagen from seaside attacks. Something that happened only years later in 1658, when the Swedes attacked. Today, it is a lovely oasis and I am lucky to have my office relatively close to it which is great on sunny days. You can walk along footpaths on top of (and below) the moats, between the bastions constructed by Dutchman Rüse and get great views of the inner harbour inlet as well as of tourists on their way to the Little Mermaid. Inside the Sealand (King's) Gate, there are army barracks as the place is still in use, although you are perfectly allowed to walk there too. The old citadel windmill which kept soldiers with bread is also left standing. Finally, the Copenhagen tribute to allied WWII soldiers are just outside the Sealand Gate. This tip has several pictures but you can also see more in the next tip.

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    Kastellet

    by rwlittle Written Feb 1, 2005

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    the gate to Kastellet

    Kastellet (the Citadel) is a remnant of old conflicts. It was built in the 1600s, to act as a base for the Danish army. It's a vast, star-shaped fortress, now open to the public, who (like I did) can walk through and take photos....or you can jog along the ramparts, as many people who passed me were in fact doing!

    One of my travelogues will have more photos of Kastellet.

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    Kastellet

    by bzh Written Feb 10, 2003
    Gun and barracks at Katellet

    Kastellet is an old fort situated in the Northeast of the city. You can walk to it from the town centre or take public transport. Some of the original artillery is still displayed and the buildings themselves are typical of Denmark's colourful habits.

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    Kastellet (2)

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Here you can see a Dane with dog walking across the moat and battlements. Kastellet is also the place where you should go to see the Little Mermaid Statue (although we completely missed it, distracted by the big cruise ships going by I guess.)

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    Kastellet

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Dec 2, 2013

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    This 17th century fort has been turned into a very peaceful city park. You can walk the well preserved ramparts or explore some of the historic buildings within.

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    views to the fortress from the harbourside park

    by angiebabe Written Jun 21, 2007

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    beautiful sunset over the Kastelett
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    Through the lovely park along the harbour to get to the Little Mermaid you get a bit of a view over to the kastellet. Canals run along around the kastellet adding to its defense system.

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    Kastelskirken - The Citadel Church

    by gordonilla Written Feb 6, 2006

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    Kastelskirken (The Citadel Church)
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    The Citadel Church was consecrated in 1704 and is located within the historic Citadel of Copenhagen - it was founded in the 17th Century. It is the church of the Dean of the Danish Army.

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    Walk around the Kastellet

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Kastellet consists of old battlements occupied by the present Danish army. Nice walking area, lots of dogs running around and playing. Affords this great view of the pretty St. Alban's Church.

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