Visit Round Tower in Copenhagen

The capital of Denmark is lovely in many ways, but no views are as beautiful as the one you get from the top of the Round Tower – one of the fantastic buildings that King Christian the 4th left Copenhagen. Go for the walk at Easter 2025.

How tall is the Round Tower? Where is the Round Tower? Who built the Round Tower?

Facts about the Round Tower: The Round Tower is 41.55 metres high and built by King Christian the 4th, finished in 1642.With its location on Købmagergade, it attracts thousands of staring eyes every day.

The tower is one of Copenhagen’s major attractions which often held shows at the top of the outstanding building. The Round Tower goes back many years, and only few Danish kings managed to put so large and long-lasting footprints of their reign as Christian the 4th. Both in terms of military and economic decline but also in terms of interest in the construction of innovative buildings.

His achievements included ‘Tøjhuset’, Holmen’s Church, ‘Nyboder’, ‘Børsen’, Rosenborg Castle and not least the Round Tower; one of today’s most visited tourist attractions in central Copenhagen.

A unique view from the Round Tower

If you manage the 209 metres long walk along the spiral ramp inside the Round Tower, you come up to the viewing platform which is located 34.8 meters above street level. Here, you can take a view of virtually the entire Copenhagen.

From the top, you can see the old Latin Quarter, Copenhagen Cathedral and many other famous buildings with great history in the city. On a beautiful spring day during your Easter holiday, you can get a unique view of the city which homes about a fifth of the Danish population.

See entry prices for the Round Tower at the bottom

The original purpose of the Round Tower

The Round Tower was built together with the ‘Trinitatis’ Church located on the backside of the tower seen from Købmagergade. Back then, it was quite a knowledge-center with a university library halfway up the spiral ramp, an astronomical observatory at the top, and the church, which was a dominant and powerful institution due to the religion in society at that time.

In actual fact, the observatory is the oldest in function of its kind, while the library, which previously attracted about 10,000 works, serves as an exhibition and concert hall today.

A fun challenge for the kids

For most people, the climax of a visit to the Round Tower is the viewing platform with the incredible view over Copenhagen, although the children’s trip up and down the ramp is just as much a highlight.

Reaching the top platform involves climbing a more than 200 meters long spiral ramp, and it takes some time depending on the age of the children with you.

At the same time, kids love the trip down. Remember to hold back your kids a little bit who would like to speed down the ramp. It is actually not without risk. But it is a fun feeling almost being forced to ‘hold back’ all the way down.

The Round Tower: Prices and opening hours

One of the advantages of the Round Tower is that it is a cheap attraction to visit with good value for money.

It only costs   per adult and   for children aged 5-15 years to see Copenhagen’s finest view in one of the most beautiful buildings ever built in Denmark. Free entrance for children under 5 years.

The Round Tower opens at 10am and closes at 6pm every day at Easter. If you are leaving late, you may want to combine it with dinner nearby at one of the many delicious restaurants in Copenhagen.

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