It’s time for a confession.
I’m such a traveler who doesn’t read travel guides. I normally ask for tips from people who have visited or lived in my destination, I might google the most interesting attractions of the city I’m going to visit, or read about the destination on travel blogs. But only rarely I grab an actual guide book.
Do not walk past this alluring door when visiting Copenhagen.
At the end of March we spent a long weekend in Copenhagen. As usual, I was asking for some tips from a local friend of mine. And I got some great tips, which I am sharing here on the blog one by one. All my posts about Copenhagen can be found on the Denmark section or by using my blog’s own search and typing in Copenhagen.
While walking along the streets of the city centre, we stumbled upon to this interesting building, The Round Tower. I know now it’s one of the most famous attractions in Copenhagen, but I had never heard about it before. If I had read the travel guides, I probably would have. But in my opinion, it was much more fun to find it like this, sort of by accident.
Another confession: when it comes to tourist attractions, we only rarely go in to places with an entrance fee. Unless it’s really something we want to experience and wouldn’t want to leave the city without visiting the attraction. With The Round Tower it wasn’t a difficult decision, as the entrance fee was as much as 25 DKK. Which means 3.35 euros per bottom.
A warning: climbing up in the tower is a fun experience, but in case you have just been walking from 5 to 7 hours with uncomfortable shoes, the visit might be a bit rough on your feet and legs. But I feel visiting The Round Tower is worth an ache (and it’ll be good exercise for those butt cheeks). The tower is 34.8 meters high, but don’t worry, there are no stairs to climb. Except a few right on the top to get to the sightseeing platform.
The unique Spiral Ramp takes you up The Round Tower in Copenhagen.
Oh, and do not miss the sightseeing platform. Even if climbing the tower along the Spiral Ramp is already an experience, from the platform you can have an overall view over the whole city, in all directions. The tower was built in 1637 to be an astronomical observatory, and it still functions as an observatory today.
Visiting The Round Tower definitely is worth 3.35 euros. Besides the views and the spinning climbing experience, there are also an art cafe and gallery with exhibitions, souvenir shop, planetarium and a spooky Bell Loft, where the bells of the neighbouring Trinity Church are hanging.
And in case the Spiral Ramp didn’t yet get your head spinning enough, don’t forget to peek into the heart of the tower — the hollow core 25 meters above the ground.
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