sights / Architecture

Rundetårn information

Copenhagen , Denmark
Købmagergade 52
Getting there
Bus: 5A, 14, 11A
Metro: Nørreport
More information
adult/child Dkr25/5
Opening hours
10am-8pm late May-late Sep, reduced hrs rest of year, observatory usually 7-9pm Tue & Wed Oct & Mar, 6-9pm Tue & Wed Nov-Feb
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Haul yourself to the top of the 34.8m-high, red-brick 'Round Tower' and you will be following in the footsteps of such luminaries as King Christian IV, who built it in 1642 as an observatory for the famous astronomer Tycho Brahe. You'll also be following in the hoofsteps of Tsar Peter the Great's horse and, according to legend, the track marks of a car that made its way up the tower's spiral ramp in 1902.

While we can't verify the latter claim, we can attest that the panorama of rooftops and spires from the top is nothing short of inspiring.

The tower still functions as an excellent stargazing platform, making it the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. Visitors wanting to view the night sky from the 3m-long telescope mounted within the rooftop dome should call ahead to confirm opening times and days, as they can vary.