The famous and remarkably so Round Tower situated in the heart of Copenhagen is one of Europe’s most beautiful yet oldest observatory, which functions to date. This architectural marvel offers not only a breath taking view of the constellations but also of our beloved Mother Earth. The Round Tower was built in the 17th century. Denmark’s astronomical accomplishments in the period were so much so that we would not know the universe as we do today, without them.
The Round Tower makes a beautiful tourist spot and is easily accessible with public transport. Its location in between channels ensures that you can make the most of its well-kept beauty. This tower has been serving the public ever since 1642. Also today, the tower offers one of the best possible views in all of Copenhagen. If you want to enjoy a panoramic view of the city’s skyline, there is no better spot than this historical tower.
Today, standing tall taking pride in its rich history, the Round Tower was to begin with a fusion of a church, an observatory and a library. Home to great knowledge and learning, it was a part of the Trinitatis Complex. The tower has been kept in its original form and does not for the very reason have an elevator. The white washed spiral walkway that leads to the top has been used for centuries. The spiral walk comes with its uniqueness of the European architecture of its time.
The stairway is a majestic 209 meter long spiral frenzy and is a marvelous work of great craftsmanship. The spiral winds itself a whopping 7.5 times around as it paces up the hollow core of this antique tower. This spiral ramp is the only connection in between the individual parts of this majestic construction.
Though initially made for the University of Copenhagen, today, with all its equipment, this grand observatory is open to public and anyone can marvel the wonders of the sky. Many of the world’s best astronomers have used this observatory. These include the famous Ole Rømer (1644-1710) and Peder Horrebow (1679-1764). The tower was built specifically for students and scholars, but today is laden with relics of history and makes a great window in to the 17th century Denmark.
Many stories and anecdotes have been written about the Round Tower over the years. One legendary one was written by the world famous author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875). He wrote the fairy tale The Tinder Box in 1835, where a soldier meets a dog with eyes as big as the Round Tower.
The Round Tower is a must-see when in Copenhagen. From the facade to the interior, from the library to the observatory itself the tower does not fail to inspire awe for all those who come to visit it making it not only a landmark but also one more reason to look forward to your trip.