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
The Tower was constructed under the decree of king Christian IV. The King developed an emblem with his own hand which now decorates a facade of the tower.
This is an original rebus including the initials of the king, date of construction, the image of a crown and a sword. It is deciphered simply: "Let the Lord grant the just and fair doctrine in the heart of king Christian IV".
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.
Rundetarn(Round Tower) is a popular attraction, originally part of Trinitatis Complex that included Trinity Church, a library and the tower that was an astronomical observatory.
It was built in 1642 (construction began in 1637) when king Christian IV tried several architectural projects, don’t forget that astronomy was very important in 17th century and many cities all over Europe built an observatory. In 1728 the Great Fire damaged the tower but it was rebuilt.
Round Tower is a cylindrical building -about 40 meters high (pic 1, hard to get a good picture in the small street in front of the tower) with yellow and red bricks (colors of Oldenburgs). The most interesting thing about it is the 210 meters long spiral corridor that leads to the top. I was surprised when I saw that the corridor is 4,5 meters wide (pic 2), we started to walk slowly the 7,5 turns but we made some small stops on the way because small doors lead to some rooms that include the Library Hall(pic 3) –once home of University library- where exhibitions take place but also concerts from time to time. By the way every spring a Unicycle Race take place with the world record to be at 1 minute and 48.7seconds.
Of course the main reason we got into the tower was to check the view from the top platform that stands at 35 meters high, there are some extensive views over the city (pics 4-5) –something I always love so we took several photos. On the top there is a small domed building(on the roof of the tower) that houses the observatory (access by a narrow winding staircase but it is open only on winter months).
So we walked down again, it was time to visit Trinity Church (which is attached to the tower and can be seen from the corridor at lower level)
The entrance fee is 25DKK
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.
There is no ladder inside of the Runde Tarn. Only a flat ramp conducts upward.
In 1716 Russian tsar Peter I by horse, and behind him his spouse Katherine in the carriage by three horses raised on the top of the tower on this ramp.
Now numerous tourists rise upward.
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!
Rundetårn (The Round Tower) os one of the places worth visiting if you want to have great photographs with the panorama of the town. Except wonerful panorama at the top of it you'll find a nice church and a museum in it.
The Round Tower was built as an observatory in 1642 together with the Church of the Trinity. It has a 209-metre-long winding passage.
The entrance is 20 DKK. Not so much for the breathtaking views, right?;-)
The other places for Copenhagen panorama are:
Rådhustårnet (the City Hall Tower)
Vor Frelsers Kirke (Our Saviour's Church)
Marmorkirken (the Marble Church)
Radisson Royal (top floor)
The Zoo Tower
Rundetaarn is an imposing tower standing nearly 40 meters tall. The tower which is part of adjoining Trinity Church, served as an astronomical observatory until about 150 years ago. The tower which was built by order of King Christian IV, was completed in about 1640. A large telescope occupied the observation platform.
The architecture of the tower's exterior is definately Gothic, having double arched windows throughout. For this reason Rundetaarn appears to be much older than the early Baroque era tower that it is. In contrast the interior was given a look which was well ahead of its time. A mortered stone walkway spirals around a central column all the way to the top of the tower. The interior of the column served as an elevator shaft for transporting heavy equipment.
The lower floors of the observatory now house temporary art exhibitions. Climbing the spiral walkway is not as difficult as it appears. The admission price of 20 kroner for adults is well worth it. The views of central Copenhagen and the harbor from the observation tower are good.
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.
The Round Tower is situated in the old Latin quarter and right in the heart of Copenhagen.
King Christian IV laid the first stone of Rundetårn (The Round Tower) on July 7, 1637 - and the tower was completed as an observatory in 1642. It is the oldest preserved astronomic observatory in Europe, and still functions as such - although no longer for scientists, but for amateur astronomers and the public.
The spiral walk is unique in European architecture. The 209 metre 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 metre above the street - there is a really nice view of the old part of Copenhagen: Rosenborg Slot, Børsen (Old Stock Exchange), Nyboder, Vor Frue Kirke (the Cathedral Our Lady) and much more… This is a must see in Copenhagen…
Rundetårn is connected to Trinitatis Church, which was inaugurated in 1656. In 1728 the church was damaged by a fire, but was rebuilt again in 1731. There is a tomb under the Choir with many prominent persons buried. In June 2007, the Bell-Ringer’s Loft - where the bells of Trinitatis Church are hung - was opened for public.
The round tower (rundetårn in Danish) is a very unique building that was build between 1637 and 1642 as an astronomical tower and it has been used by many astronomers including danish astronomer Ole Rømer who discoverd the speed of light.
It is 41,8 meters high and was after the orders of king Christian the 4th and it is also a church tower for Trinitatis kirke (The holy trinity church).
You can climb to the top of the tower if you like and that is well worth it as the view of Copenhagen is very good from the top.
you have to pay an entrance for that though.
About two thrids up you have a rather odd sight which is an old toilet used by many people over the centuries and Hans Christian Andersen is just one of many famous danes who have been sitting there with his pants down :O).
They actually have a very funny little leaflet about the toilet that you can get for free there.
You do not walk up on a staircase to the top of the tower, but on a spiral walkway that was made so that heavy astronomical instruments could be transported to the top by horse carriage, but some world leaders, including Peter the great from Russia also had their own personal horse carriages to drive them up there.
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.
The Rundetarn, or Round Tower is one of a kind. Although it's only a small tower with it's 35 meters height, it has one unique feature. There are no stairs! Instead of stairs there is a road inside that spirals upwards. The royal family demanded this, so that they could get up in a horse and carriage.
The tower was built 1637, and finished in 1642.
If you buy a ticket you can climb all the way up and enjoy the view. There's also a room in the tower where you may find an arts exhibition.
Admission to the tower is 15 Kroner. The building is opened every day from 10 to 5, on sudnays from 12 to 5.
Round tower was built by King Christian IV as an observatory for the nearby university. It was bulit in 1642 and is still in use being the oldest one in Europe. It's also a popular sight because of the spectacular views it offers.
After paying an entrance fee of 25 DKK (~3 EUR in August 2008) you can start climbing the 209 m long ramp that leads you to the top. The tower is quite pretty inside with its white walls and small windows but once you get to the top it really rewards your effort. The view is really breathtaking!