Copenhagen, Denmark

The Rundetårn (Round Tower) is a 17th-century tower located in central Copenhagen. One of the many architectural projects of Christian IV, it was built as an astronomical observatory. It is most noted for its 7.5-turn helical corridor leading to the top, and for the expansive views it affords over Copenhagen.

The tower is part of the Trinitatis Complex which also provided the scholars of the time with a university chapel, the Trinitatis Church, and an academic library which was the first purpose-built facilities of the Copenhagen University Library which had been founded in 1482.

Today the Round Tower serves as an observation tower for expansive views of Copenhagen, a public astronomical observatory and a historical monument. In the same time the Library Hall, located above the church and only accessible along the tower's ramp, is an active cultural venue with both exhibitions and a busy concert schedule.



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Founded: 1637
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Denmark
Historical period: Early Modern Denmark (Denmark)


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H A (2 years ago)
Really worth a visit while in Copenhagen, great views of the city and the most amazing stairwell to walk to the top. It really can not be explained and so you have to visit. We visited on a very wet dark day and thoroughly enjoyed it, suitable for everyone in the family even if you have challenges to walk as only a couple of steps at the very top, really interesting bell tower and exhibition of local architecture half way. Best privy view in Europe ?
Kailey Parks (2 years ago)
This was a really neat visit! The entry fee was very reasonable, there were a couple spots to stop along the ramp to see an art installation and some historical artifacts, but the obvious highlight is climbing all the way for the top for a beautiful view. There were bathrooms available, which were clean and very appreciated.
Barbara Hinsley (2 years ago)
A great way to have a fabulous view of the city and beyond. Yes it's a good climb to the top but it's a bricked ramp so it's quite easy. Toilets available. Good information panels. Two nice display rooms. Part of the city tourist card so easy access.
Ishaq Hussain (2 years ago)
One place which can guarantee you the best view of Copenhagen. The Tower itself is an architectural Marvel. There is an Entry Ticket ? to the Tower. After the ticket, a spiral ? pathway leads the visitor atop the tower. The deck gives a 360 degree view of Copenhagen. Photography enthusiasts can also smother off their love for capturing Copenhagen the artistic way from this Deck. Recommended for all those aspiring seeing Copenhagen, Denmark ??
Ben Harapiak (2 years ago)
For a taste of science history and a beautiful view of Copenhagen this tower is a must see. I saw all ages walking the spiral ramp up to the observation deck, and there’s a beautiful gallery to visit on the way up. The only difficult part is the extremely narrow spiral staircase at the top, but it’s not very long and it is controlled with traffic lights for direction. This is a simple tour with a ton of history.
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