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CA1 1LA, England, United Kingdom
December 12, 2010
From journal Winter weekend to Copenhagen
Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
September 3, 2004
The main attraction for modern visitors are the views from the roof of the tower (open daily; DKK20), which is curiously reached via a 209 metre long cobbled spiral ramp that turns seven and a bit times around the tower’s hollow centre. The absence of a staircase from all but the very top of the ascent encouraged a German tourist to drive up in 1902, while Peter the Great reputedly rode up on horseback – a more contemporary hazard are the groups of schoolchildren racing down the blind turns of the wooden staircase below the entrance to the observatory.
The views through the latticed railings at the top, while not as impressive as those from the Marmorkirken, are well worth the long walk up, the flat urban sprawl of Copenhagen spotted with church spires; Rådhuspladsen’s towers marking the landmark clustered city centre; the dome of the Marmorkirken visible to the north and the tower blocks and industrial buildings of the suburbs to the east.
Trinity Church, joined to the base of the tower and visible through a glass doorway near the base of the ramp, is open to visitors, its Baroque ornamentation and grand organ deserving of a brief view. The library – halfway up the ramp but temporarily closed at the time of my visit – is more interesting, housing month long art and cultural exhibitions. Best of all, however, is the observatory, once reserved for scholars from the University of Copenhagen but now open to the public on winter evenings and weekends during the summer. See the Rundetårn website for full details.
From journal Northern Lights: Copenhagen
bilston, United Kingdom
November 22, 2003
From journal Copenhagen in the Autumn