I came across photos of Copenhagen’s Rundetaarn on Pinterest during my initial trip research and knew I wanted to try and fit a trip in. As luck would have it, our hotel was just down the road, so after checking in and ditching our bags, we headed straight to the Rundetaarn to explore.
Built back in the seventeenth century, the Rundetaarn is, and always has been a multifunctional building. Housing a bell tower, church, library and observatory, and now also a gallery, there’s plenty to see crammed into one attraction.
The inside of the Rundetaarn is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been. A white-washed, cobbled spiral walk takes you up the tower, around a hollow core. Beautiful arched windows flood the tower with light, and offer glimpses of the city outside. It’s bright, white, light interior is an instagrammers dream.
It’s not the easiest walk you’ll do, and as you ascend, the slope gets steeper, until you reach the stairs for the last two floors.
Starting as an open stairwell, turning into a tight, claustrophobic concrete winding staircase, the last part of the ascent was not my favourite, but my gosh were the views worth it.
At the top of the tower is a circular balcony encasing the outside of the tower. From there, you can see out across Copenhagen, spotting iconic red rooftops and lofty green church spires.
It was a great way to start off our trip, getting our bearings of the city, and admiring it’s beauty! We got lucky, and by the time we reached the top of the tower, the sun had come out, bathing the city in a soft warm glow.
The Rundetaarn’s dome houses a giant, still functioning telescope which is open on a handful of days throughout the year to the public. Unfortunately it wasn’t open during our visit, but just getting to look at it was quite impressive.
Walking down the tower was certainly easier, and we stuck our head into the Bell Tower + gallery (as well as spotting the tower’s original Privy!).
Located halfway between touristy Tivoli + Nyhaven, it’s in the heart of Copenhagen and perfectly located to fit into any trip easily. Depending on what you’re interested in, you probably only need an hour to climb the tower, peak around the gallery + admire the city from above.
At 25dkk (less than £3) for an adult entry, it’s one of the cheapest things you can do in Copenhagen. Hell, it’s cheaper than a cup of coffee! Check out opening times on the website here, I recommend trying to go around Magic Hour for the best views!