This church is hard to miss since the Spire can be seen on the Copenhagen skyline from just about everywhere.
You can pay 20 kroner to go in and climb up the 400 or more stairs to the top of the Spire. The climb obviously gets narrower and narrower and the final climb is up a small ladder to the outside. The trip up is well worth the effort (even if you don't like heights) as the views from this pertch are extraordinary! (Check out my travelogues for a sample)
If your boots are made for walking, after visiting of Christiania you may climb the stairs to the top of the tower of the Church of Our Saviour for a great view. It is unique in that the spiral staircase is on the outside of the spire. Even the Øresund bridge can be seen from here. Above you, as you stand on the highest and narrowest point of the stairs is a gilded globe on which stands a flag-bearing figure. A popular legend says that the architect committed suicide by jumping off the tower when he realized the staircase wound to the right instead of the left. A good story but not true of course.
Update: The tower of Our Saviour's is closed till April 2009 due to major renovations of the church and tower entrance.
The Church of the Redeemer (built 1682-1969) is located in Christianshavn. There are over 400 steps up the tower - and over one third of those on the external spiral staircase. A golden globe adorns the very top with a 3m tall figure of Christ.
We did not have the energy or the time to visit this church but you can get a good view of Copenhagen from the top of the twisting spiral staircase. It is 400 steps to the top which are slanted & slippery when wet, & no doubt you get very dizzy whilst climbing them. On the top of the spire is a golden globe on top of which is blanaced a 3 metre tall figure of Christ holding a victory banner
Access to the spire is DKK20 & DKK10 for children whilst entrance into the church is free.
Rumour has it that the builder fell off the spire & died
The baroque church was erected during 1680's
There are plenty of churches and beautiful historic buildings to admire and explore in Copenhagen. Our Saviours Church is located across from Christiania. Climb all 400 stairs for a spectacular view of the harbour and the city. As you get closer to the top the stairs become more narrow, so be patient and polite as you rub up against your fellow tourists!
The Vor Frelser Kirke is a oneof a kind. The spiraled staircase is on the outside of the churches tower. This looks absolutely amazing. You can even walk up there if you buy a ticket. The church itself is also worth a visit. There's a great organ inside, carried by two elephants.
Vor Frelsers Kirke can be seen from many parts of Copenhagen, with its distinct spiralling, golden tower. You can walk up the tower during the summer months if it's not too windy or rainy as you walk outside. The church itself is from 1696 and in Dutch style but the tower was built 1752 when money was given by King Frederik V. The architect was then inspired by St Ivo della Sapienza in Rome. If you don't fancy climbing the 90 metre tower, just stay below and listen to the 45 bells.
Unfortunately, the church was closed for extensive interior restorations during my visit (March 2008) and it was not possible to see the interior. However, its wonderful spire, was still visible and looked beautiful against a grey Spring sky.
A landmark on the Copenhagen skyline, Vor Fresers Kirke is distinguished by its remarkable twisting spire. 400 steps to the top - the last 150 of which are outdoors! The church itself was built in the 17th century, with the spire added in the middle of the 18th. Architect Lauritz de Thurah was inspired by St. Ivo's tower in Rome.
I visited Vor Frelsers Kirke during a trip to Copenhagen in August 2007.
This impressive church (The Church of Our Saviour) is located in the Christianshavn area of the city, close to the Free State of Christiania. It can be recognised by its striking tower that features a gold staircase around the outer edge of a black spire.
Entrance fees to the church are as follows:
Adults: 25Kr (approx. 2.50GBP)
Children: 10Kr (approx. 1.00GBP)
This enables you to climb to the top of the church’s 95 metre high spire and appreciate the great views over Christianshavn (including its picturesque canal) and the wider Copenhagen cityscape.
The first part of the climb to the summit is inside the church, up a steep, narrow wooden staircase. The journey then takes a frightening twist as you reach a winding external staircase that takes you around the outer edge of the spire. I’ve climbed many church towers and other such structures in the past, but this was the most terrifying of them all. It was a very windy day and there were large crowds of visitors trying to pass each other on their way up and down the staircase, and I didn’t feel altogether safe!
Excellent views over Copenhagen – but not for sufferers of claustrophobia or vertigo!
The distinctive spire of Vor Frelsers Kirke is one of Copenhagen's landmarks. The church dates from the 17th century though its spire wasn't added until over a century later. It's located on the island of Christianshavn in the east of the city.
It’s quite a climb to get to the top of Vor Frelsers Kirke but it’s well worth it for the excellent views of Copenhagen and of the island of Christianshavn in particular. You get a bird’s eye view of the famous “free-city” of Christiania from here as well and on a clear day in the distance you can see the Oresund bridge connecting enmark to Sweden.
A narrow stairway, on the outside of the spire, takes you even higher than the first viewing platform and it gets a little bit scary at the top as the stairway narrows so much that there’s only room for one person at the very top. On a windy day you won’t want to stay too long.