Review: Round Tower, Copenhagen
The Round Tower was extremely busy during our visit in the late afternoon and I chose it to be our last stop since it had the latest opening hours.
The 17th century tower and observatory Rundetaarn, or the Round Tower, is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. It was inspired by the astronomer Tycho Brahe, commissioned by Christian IV and built in 1601.
This Tower really stood out due to its beautiful spiral ascent up to the top. The pure white walls of the smooth and slanted spiral ramp were really photogenic, although it was incredibly difficult to take photographs without people in it.
I finally managed some nearer closing time when the Tower was pretty much emptying.
In other words this place was BUSY and there was a huge queue at the bottom of the tower waiting to climb up the building.
We passed a view of the connected church which was inaccessible from inside the Tower.
There was actually a very spacious room called the Library Hall partway up the ramped corridor. It was hosting an exhibition on the original moon landings when we were there, which was pretty cool if a bit random. Yeah the moon is in space, but I thought you don’t generally need a telescope in an observatory to view it?
There was a random toilet to the side of the corridor.
As well as a petrifying glass floor looking down 25 metres of the tower core. Apparently this could carry 900 kg/m, but it didn’t make me feel better when I touched it.
Another larger room in the Tower was the Bell Loft, which didn’t actually offer a lot to see since much of it was blocked off. But it was a nice idea to show the inner workings of the Tower.
Though mostly stairless, there were actually steps near the top of the Tower (along with an astrology map) where we could reach the outdoor platform and the observatory.
The views were quite nice if somewhat blocked by black railings.
I think it’s ridiculous to care more about your personal safety than good aesthetics; you only live for ~80-100 years or so but photos last forever.
I am lying, please follow safety protocols.
We had a peek at the observatory but couldn’t actually access it without booking a visit.
The Round Tower is a beautiful building full of things to see. It was certainly a unique experience and stood out from the usual historical buildings in Europe. It was a great way for me to end my first full day in Copenhagen and I do recommend it.
The Round Tower
Address: Købmagergade 52A, 1150 København, Denmark
Opening hours: April-September 10:00 – 20:00, October-March 10:00 – 18:00
Cost: Adults (> 15 years): 25,00 DKK / 2.83 GBP, Children (5-15 years): 5,00 DKK / 0.57 GBP, Children < 5 years are free of charge