Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Copenhagen, Denmark: Round Tower

Care to guess what the Round Tower looks like? Absolutely right. Throw in the fact that people have been walking up the structure for a good view of the city since 1642, and you get the idea. No need for a picture of that.

The walk is on a spiral, which means visitors can either walk 85 meters to get to the top by staying on the inside, or 268 meters if they stick close to the outer wall.

Back in the 17th century, the observation deck was higher than the rooftops for the most part. That's not true any more, but it's still a nice view. You can see such buildings as the Trinitatis Church, with a tower shown at right, which is part of the complex that includes the Round Tower. The church opened for business, so to speak, in 1656. By the way, you can also see the bridge to Sweden from up there - and I can't say I even knew there was such a structure until I visited the region.

This building used to serve as an observatory for much of its history. The middle of the Round Tower is a big, empty hole - with one exception. There's a Plexiglas floor 25 meters up, so you can stand on it and feel like you could fall to the ground at any moment. It's a little scary, chasing kids away after a quick look down from the entrance.

Now, the video version of the tour:


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