After a most impressive tour of the fairy-tale like Rosenborg Castle, our next stop which was out of our original itinerary was the Round Tower. And that was after consulting the maps and realising that the round tower was actually within walking distance of the Rosenborg Castle.
To get to the Round Tower from Rosenborg Castle, we had to cross the main road called Gothersgade.
It was rather difficult getting used to the roads in Copenhagen. The main difference between the roads here and that in Singapore was that there was an added cycling path in between the pedestrian path and the main road.
As we found out later, there is a strong cycling culture in Copenhagen. In fact, Copenhagen is known as the first bike city of the world, and was also voted the best city for cycling, on top of its reputation as the world’s most livable city. With more than 390 km of designated cycling lanes in the city, it is not surprising that one in three of the city’s residents use a bicycle as their main form of transport.
But for the moment, it was rather dangerous for us poor tourists who were caught unaware of bicycles coming towards us as we walked past the cycling lane to cross the road.
Finally, we managed to get across Gothersgade towards the street Landemaerket in one piece. We just had to keep walking along Landemaerket to get to the Round Tower.
Round Tower down the road!
The Round Tower is almost as old as Rosenborg Castle because it was built by the very same guy who ordered the building of Rosenborg Castle – King Christian IV.
The Round Tower built in the 17th century is almost close to 400 years old now and certainly looks very out of place beside its modern neighbours!
Entry fees to the Round Tower, or the Rundetaarn in Danish is 25 Kr (SGD$5) per adult, which is pretty cheap for an attraction in an expensive city.
For us, the Copenhagen card covers this attraction as well, but just as at Rosenborg Castle, we had to queue to get a ticket.
The Round Tower’s uniqueness lies in that there were absolutely no stairs in it! The only way to ascend the tower was through its spiral ramps built around its core. In fact, it was built for the use of horse carriages to ascend to the top!
The upward spiral begins! The spiral ramp is about 200m in length, which isn’t a lot in terms of walking distance, and it winds itself 7.5 times around the core of the tower before getting to the top.
Situated halfway up the Round Tower is a library which used to serve as the Copenhagen University library. It has since been refurbished and is now mostly used as a gallery. Given our time constraints in trying to cover as many attractions as possible in a day, our priority however was to get to the top to the observation deck, known to house Europe’s oldest observatory.
At the observation deck. The views of Copenhagen city was superb from here.
It felt a little like our experience at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but of course the atmosphere at the Eiffel was much nicer.
We didn’t have much time to spare at the Round Tower because of our tight schedule, but investing 30-45 minutes at this ancient structure was certainly sufficient and a worthy investment.