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Lonely Planet review
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.
Halfway up the tower is an exhibition space featuring engaging, temporary displays of art and architecture.