Rundetårn: Copenhagen's Tower of Babel

Rundetårn: Copenhagen's Tower of Babel

Climb the spiral ramp and admire one of the best views of Copenhagen.

Overlooking Copenhagen from a height of 34 m, Rundetårn (literally 'Round Tower') offers a breath-taking panorama. Built in the early 17th century by order of King Christian V, it was originally intended for students so they could have a place of observation. In order to facilitate the delivery of astronomical equipment, a surprising and unique architectural choice, the first in Denmark, was made to build a spiral ramp 209-m long.

Even today this architectural masterpiece is surprising for its ingenuity and luminosity. Halfway up you can catch your breath in the former university library, which has now become a showroom. You will need your breath to climb the rest of the ramp, but especially if you decide to enter the hollow heart of Rundetårn where a glass floor looks down from a height of 25 m to the floor below.

The view from the summit is a little less frightening perhaps. From the top of the Observatory, the 360° view gives you a great overview of the old Copenhagen and the bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden. Also note that, depending on the month chosen for your visit, you may have the chance to gaze at the stars from the Observatory.

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