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The Round Tower is a 17th century tower and it was the built as the first part of the Trinitatis Complex (church, library and observatory in a single building).
It was built in the times of the King Christian IV, who wanted to continue works of the famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, after his death in 1601.
The Round Tower is an icon of Copenhagen and even though it is only 42 m tall, to get to the top you need to take 268,5 meters of spiral walk. It is possible to enjoy the Round Tower's core seen through 50 mm thick glass floor. The building does not have an elevator, so be ready for a bit of physical exercise here. Through the same staircase you can get to the Library Hall, opened in 1657, which now serves as a gallery and concert venue, but in the past it used to be home of the entire University book collection, housing about 10 000 books. The Round Tower is the oldest functioning astronomy observatory in Europe, it was used by the University of Copenhagen until 1861.
Admission prices: adults DKK 25, children 5-15 years DKK 5
It is possible to buy the tickets online, or at the ticket office of the Round Tower.
The price is very reasonable and what you will get is amazing view over the rooftops of Copenhagen. You can simply see the whole city from the Round Tower.
Frederik's Church, also called The Marble Church, is the most beautiful church in Copenhagen. It is located in line with Amalienborg Castle and The Opera.
Frederick's Church has the largest church dome in Scandinavia with a span of 31m. The building was probably inspired by St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
The church was designed by the architect Nicolai Eigtved in 1740 and was along with the rest of Frederiksstaden, a district of Copenhagen, intended to commemorate the 300 years jubilee of the first coronation of a member of the House of Oldenburg.
Nyhavn was constructed between 1670 and 1673, by the King Christian V, in the past it served as very busy commercial harbour.
You will find it perfectly located between Kongens Nytorv and the Royal Playhouse. It is characterised by colourful buildings that will catch your attention right away. The oldest one dates from 1681 and is located by no. 9, but you should also search for the building number 67, because famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen have lived there in the years 1845-1864. He also lived at number 18 in the years 1871 – 1875, where today you will find Andersen-themes souvenir shop.
Today, Nyhavn is a place to hang out, it is filed with good restaurants, music, architecture, historic boats and people enjoying the Danish cosiness of Copenhagen. Some people call Nyhavn ‘The Longest Bar of Scandinavia’, it is the most visited place by tourists in Copenhagen and you will always find it crowded, especially in the summer time.
From Nyhavn you can start your canal boat tour or jump on one of the harbour buses, yellow boats that are part of the public transportation of Copenhagen and can be an alternative to the official canal tours.
Nyhavn is the picture spot of Copenhagen and every tourist must take one here :-)
Church of Our Saviour is a Baroque church located near Christiania area of Copenhagen. It is the most famous for its helix spire with an external staircase that can be climbed to the top, offering extensive views over central Copenhagen. It takes 400 steps to reach the top, the last 150 steps are located on the outside of the spire. This might be quite challenging for some visitors.
It is also noted for its carillon, which is the largest in northern Europe and plays melodies every hour from 8 am to midnight.
The tower is closed in January and February months.
Christianshavn was founded in the early 17th century by the King Christian IV, Christianshavn is a neighbourhood of Copenhagen, which is part of the Indre By (Eng. Inner City), located on the Amager island and separated from the rest of the city centre by the Inner Harbour. It includes three minor islands and has a population of over 10’000 inhabitants.
It takes only about 10 min to get to Christianshavn from the city centre. This area is unique and in many ways, it’s not only a neighbourhood, but kind of a lifestyle and community. Christianshavn is surrounded by the water, channels and bridges give unique maritime atmosphere to this area, where you can get the feeling of a small town, even though you are in a big city. Canals are homes to many boats and ships and houses are dating back to the 16th century.
Famous Christiania ‘free town’ located on a former military area is in Christianshavn as well.
Remember to explore the narrow streets of Christianshavn, Michelin-starred restaurants and cafes along the canal where you can relax and observe boats passing by. Check out the architecture of the Royal Opera House and enjoy being by the water observing numerous of boats passing by.
Christiansborg Palace (Danish: Christiansborg Slot) houses the Danish parliament, the Supreme Court, the Office of the Prime minister and has offices for the Queen. The Tower of Christiansborg, which is still the highest one in Copenhagen (106 m) gives you the best 360 degrees view over the city and what is important to mention, it is free to access. The Tower was constructed during 1907-1928 and it was designed by architect Thorvald Jørgensen.
Because of the free entrance, there might be a queue, you should prepare yourself for some waiting time. You don’t need to walk up any stairs, to get to the top of Christiansborg Tower you will use two elevators.
The Tower’s restaurant with a menu full of Danish specialities is located at the Tower as well. It is necessary to book a table in advance, use url link for more information. If you have a reservation at the restaurant, you don’t need to wait in the queue downstairs.
The Little Mermaid (in Danish: Den lille Havfrue) is placed on a rock, by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade.
The sculpture of the Little Mermaid was a gift from the Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen. It represents a character that Jacobsen fell in love with after watching the Royal Danish Theatre ballet performance, based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. It is 1,25 m high and it weighs 175 kg.
The Little Mermaid became an icon of Copenhagen, since the day it was unveiled on August 23, 1913, and even though it is not the most spectacular sculpture you can find in town, it gathers thousands of tourists every day. The original statue of The Little Mermaid was moved to Shanghai for the duration of the Expo 2010 (May to October) and was exposed at the Danish Pavilion. The statue of the Little Mermaid has been damaged many times but it got restored each time.
In around thirteen places in the world, you can find copies of the sculpture, including: California, Spain, South Corea and more.
Copenhagen City Hall (in Danish called Københavns Rådhus) is located in the middle of Copenhagen on the City Hall Square. This building is the headquarter of the municipal council and Lord mayor of Copenhagen municipality.
Copenhagen City Hall was designed by architect Martin Nyrop, inspired by Siena City Hall. The construction took 13 years (1892-1905).
It is possible to visit the City Hall Tower and take a look on the Copenhagen city from the top. It is almost 106 meters tall and you will have to make about 300 steps to get to the top. You can visit The Tower from Monday to Friday at 11:00 and 14:00, on Saturdays at 12:00. (price DKK 30).
Amalienborg Palace is a home of the Danish Royal Family, but originally it was built for four families of chosen nobility. When on the 26.02.1794 Christiansborg Palace burned, the Danish Royal Family bought Amalienborg and moved in there.
Amalienborg Palace consists of four identical classical palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard. In the middle of it you will find equestrian statue of the King Frederik V, who was the founder of Amalienborg. This is the place to experience royal history of Denmark, the Amalienborg Museum located in of the four identical buildings, presents the history of the Royal Family and here you can see the private interiors of the most recent kings and queens.
Amalienborg is well known for its Royal Guard (Danish: Den Kongelige Livgarde) and if you visit Amalienborg at noon, you can experience the changing of the guards. Their uniforms consist of a scarlet tunic, blue trousers and a heavy bearskin cap.
Just next to the Amalienborg, by the waterfront, you will find the Amalie Garden (Danish: Amaliehaven), which in 1983 was a gift from A.P. Møller and his wife Chastine McKinney Møller Foundation to the citizens of Copenhagen.
Rosenborg Castle is a Renaissance castle, originally built as a country summerhouse in 1606 and is an example of Christian IV's many architectural projects. It represents his colorful personality and it's not surprising that this castle was his favourite one.
It was built in the Dutch Renaissance style, typical of Danish buildings during this period, and has been expanded several times, finally evolving into its present size by the year 1624. Architects Bertel Lange and Hans van Steenwinckel the Younger are associated with the structural planning of the castle.
Rosenborg Castle is the place, where you can see the crowns of the Danish kings and queens.
What rooms can you expect to see when visiting:
- The Kinght's Hall
- The Glass Cabinet
- The Princess’ Chamber
- Frederik IV’s Cabinet
- Christian IV’s Winter Room
and many more!
If you are interested in the Danish history and antiques, this is the place to experience it all.
Adults: 95 kr
Kids 0-17 years old: free
Students: 75 kr