Rundetårn, Copenhagen

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Købmagergade 52A, 1150 København K 33 73 03 73

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    Runde Tarn

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Nov 8, 2006

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    The Round Tower (Runde Tarn) was constructed in 1637-1642.
    On the top of the tower there is a viewing platform, and on 2-3-rd floors - exhibition galleries.
    It is the oldest in Europe operating observatory, and any interested person can come there at night and observe stars.

    However it is meaningful to rise on the tower at light time of the day. Remarkable views at Copenhagen open from above. It is possible to admire long peaked spikes and orange roofs. The bewitching picture of ancient city becomes a good award for hard rise on height of 60 meters.

    Kobmagergade, 52a, June-August 10.00-20.00. September-May 10.00-17.00. www.rundetaarn.dk

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  • The Round Tower

    by Mariajoy Updated Aug 27, 2006

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    We came across the round tower in Kobmagergade by chance and decided to take a walk to the top to see the view over the city.

    The 30m tower, was built by King Christian IV as an observatory in 1642 (the oldest in Europe) and is still in use. The climb to the top is made by a long 209m slope. This design was necessary for pulling heavy observatory equipment to the top as easily as possible. Clever Danes! At the very top there are a few steps, but not many. There is a small refreshment/souvenir kiosk on the viewing platform.

    On the way up there is also an exhibition hall/art gallery situated in the old university library hall above Trinity Church - free entry.

    Tickets are 250Dk.

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    The Round Tower

    by Acirfa Written Jul 27, 2006

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    This was the last of King Christian IV building additions to Copenhagen and it remains a popular family day out.

    From the top you can view the Old City in a spectacular way.

    It is also the oldest observatory in Europe still in use, these days anyone can use the telescope to watch the sky at night.

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    Rundetaarn

    by Christina1881 Updated Jul 25, 2006

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    The Roundtower outside and inside

    Rundetaarn (The Round Tower) was built on the initiative of King Christian IV (1588-1648) with Hans Steenwinkel the Younger as the architect. On 7 July, the foundation stone for Rundetaarn was laid. The tower was the first stage of the Trinitatis complex, which was to gather three important facilities for the scholars of the seventeenth century: an astronomical observatory, a student church and a university library.
    Uppermost on the facade of the tower there is a gilded inscription, a rebus. Christian IV's draft of it, written with his own hand, is kept at the Danish Record Office. The rebus can be interpreted in the following way: Lead God, the right teaching and justice into the heart of the crowned King Christian IV, 1642. 1642 was the year when the tower was completed.
    The spiral walk is unique in European architecture. The 209 m long spiral ramp winds itself 7,5 times round the hollow core of the tower, forming the only connection between the individual parts of the building complex.
    From the platform, 34.8 m above the street, the visitor has a magnificent view of the old part of Copenhagen. Along the edge of the platform runs a beautiful wrought-iron lattice made in 1643 by Kaspar Fincke, Court Artist in metalwork. In the latticework, Christian IV's monogram and the letters RFP are seen; these letters represent the King's motto: Regna Firmat Pietas - Piety strengthens the Realms.
    (Information taken from the webpage on Rundetårn)

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    Around and around the Round Tower

    by yooperprof Written Jul 3, 2006

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    Denmark's Christian IV was the very model of a modern major monarch - for the 1600s, that is. Which doesn't mean that his reign was a happy time for his country. Au contraire. On the other hand, while he may have been overly ambitious, a disastrous war-planner, and incredibly naive about his domestic life, at least he tried hard. Read Rose Tremain's intriguing novel about Christian, "Music and Silence" to understand a bit more about his time and it what it meant for Denmark.

    The Round Tower is one of the more positive legacies of Christian IV. He wanted to be known as a patron of learning, as an exemplar of the virtues of curiousity and open-mindedness. Accordingly, this structure was conceived as a magnet for astronomers across Europe, who would be attracted to the tallest observatory yet conceived. On clear nights, Christian and his favored star-gazers would ascend the long spiral ramp to the dizzying heights above his royal capital. It's hard to get into the mind-set, but for many people of the 17th century, this must have been one of the great wonders of the modern world. Others probably saw it as a modern Tower of Babel, only confirming their previous suspicions that the end times might soon be at hand.

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    Rundetaarn (The Roundtower)

    by gordonilla Updated Jun 29, 2006

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    Rundetaarn from the street

    The tower was originally built in 1642 on the orders of Christian IV and is some 35 meters tall. To reach the top of the tower, which gives an excellent view of the city, visitors walk up very few steps and these are only at the top of the structure - the climb to the top is a 209m long walkway spiralling around the inside of the tower. There is a small exhibition space appproximately half way up the tower.

    It was used by the local University until 1861 as an observatory, and even now amateur astronomers continue to use it. On my last visit, we were able to look through the lens which was trainied upon the top of the weather vane of the Radhus ( City Hall).

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    The Round Tower

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jun 3, 2006

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    View from the Round Tower

    The Round Tower (Rundetaarn) was completed as an observatory in 1642. The tower is 36 m high and a unique 210 m spiral walk leads to an observation platform at 34,8 m. The platform offers a panoramic view of Old Copenhagen.

    Directions:
    The Round Tower is situated in the old Latin quarter and right in the heart of Copenhagen.

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    Rundetårn

    by elPierro Written Feb 17, 2006

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    You could call this tower almost wheelchair friendly. ALMOST.
    Instead of stairs, a spiral pathway leads you up to the top of the tower from where you have nice view over Copenhagen with all it's nice towers, and you can see the Swedish coast as well (if the weather is not too bad). The last section of the tower consists of stairs, but these just a few steps. The rest is uphill or downhill.

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    The Round Tower

    by Miraclemike Written Dec 13, 2005

    Be sure to visit the Round Tower for all your viewing needs, from overlooking the beautiful city to viewing the stars (there's an observatory at the top). It's definitely the strangest viewing tower I've ever climbed; no stairs until the very top. Hard to describe, but let's just say that a horse could climb it (and one did, so history tells). Overall, a descent view of the city, but if you must choose, I recommend Von Freuer's Kirke anyday.

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    Going round, and round, and round. Whoa dizzy

    by ChadSteve1975 Written Oct 12, 2005

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    the gentle slope disorientates when staring at it.

    The Round Tower is up just off the Strogget (main shopping street.

    Anyway the tower is relatively high for that area of town and has some great views of the skyline from the main city side of town. You get to see the red roofs of Copenhagen.

    And all this for not an unreasonable entry fee of only 20 Danish Krona.

    The tower has an absolutely unique sloping floor upto the top. Hence the 'Round Tower' reference. There is also a small art collection on display about half way up the tower. But that was just a bit too wierd for my liking.

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    Visit the unique Runde Taarn...

    by aaaarrgh Updated Feb 25, 2005

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    If the weather is good, go up the Runde Taarn (Rond Tower), which is a short walk to the North-west of the cathedral.

    The view is splendid but the wierdest thing about it is the complete lack of steps! Instead you walk up what is in effect a 200m cobbled road which spirals up the inside of the tower almost to the top.

    Apparently its the only one of its kind in Europe.

    Entry was about 20 Krone.

    And half way up we stumbled across an art exhibition and gift shop.

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    Rundetarn

    by rwlittle Written Feb 2, 2005

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    Rundetarn

    Rundetarn (the Round Tower) was completed in 1642 as Christian IV's last major building project, for Tycho Brahe, the world-famous astronomer. It's still a functioning observatory! Rather than steps (which I was dreading), the ascent to the top is up a cobblestone spiral walkway--no stairs! The view is excellent...you can see all the way to Sweden. Trinity Church is next door.

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    The view from the Rundetarn

    by barrikello Written Jul 22, 2004

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    One of the best views of the capital can be enjoyed from the top of the Rundetarn, where the sight spaces to the horizon and meets the new bridge that links Denmark with Sweden - here in the picture. The coasts of Skane are clearly visible.

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    The Rundetarn

    by barrikello Written Jul 21, 2004

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    The famous rounded tower is part of a former renaissance building built in the 17th century, to complete the university with an astronomic observatory. That used to be the function of the tower untill 1861.
    If the external aspect is quite anonymous, the tower has a peculiar and marvellous inside. The path to the top is not through steps but by a ramp with bricked floor.
    The view from the top (36 meters) is worth the climbing.

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    Rundetarn

    by TNPETER3 Updated Jun 11, 2004

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    Round Tower

    Round tower was built waaay back in the sixteen hundreds and was used as an observatory. There are no stairs to climb when you go in, (20 kroner admission) but the old cobblestone floor winds around and around all the way to the top.
    Amazing to consider how much effort must have gone in to building this unique structure.and I would recommend going just to see the floor. The view of the city from the top of Roundtower is equally impressive and you'll have to make sure you bring your camera so you can get that shot!

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