After leaving Nyhavn behind we took a final stroll through the city before we had to leave Copenhagen and make our way to our next destination. And what better way to end a visit then by enjoying it from far above? We thought that the Rundetårn, or Round Tower, would be a great location to do so. The Rundetårn is part of the 17th century Trinitatis Complex, a single building containing a church, a library and the astronomical observatory tower. The tower is believed to be the oldest functioning observatory of Europe.
I immediately loved the Rundetårn when I saw it, maybe because there’s some Dutch influences connected to this tower? 🙂 The yellow and red bricks that were used to build the tower were manufactured in The Netherlands. And when the architect Hans van Steenwinckel died in 1936, Leonhard Blasius from The Netherlands became the new Royal Building Master and finished the built of the tower. On the outside of the tower you can see a gilded rebus inscription from king Christian IV.
Time for us to make our way up! When you enter the tower you might be surprised to not finding a staircase but a wide spiral ramp instead. This way, back in the 17th century, a horse and carriage could take books to and from the library but also transport instruments to the observatory. When you climb the ramp you will be surrounded by white-washed walls, lovely windows and little niches. It’s truly an unique design, forming the only connection between the church, the library and the observatory.
Throughout the years the tower and the ramp have been used for many purposes. It’s been used for shelter during bombardments, cars have been driven up the ramp and every spring the Round Tower organises a unicycle race up the Spiral Walk.
Half way up the tower you’ll find the library, once holding the entire University book collection. Today the library is used as a gallery and concert venue.
And then we finally reach the observation deck. A few small steps and we’re outside. At 34.8 m above street level the sun is greeting us, time to sit down and take it all in. It was too bad we couldn’t visit the observatory itself as it opens from October. But anyway it has been worth it. Look at the views! Can’t complain about that I think 🙂 A fabulous way to say goodbye to this beautiful city and our wonderful stay at Generator Hostel Copenhagen. Time to pack our bags and explore another part of Europe, Hamburg here we come!