Copenhagen from Above

View from the Round Tower

View from the Round Tower

Even though I am afraid of heights, somehow I always try to see a city from above; it gives me an overview of how it looks like from this angle. So, every time I visit a place I look for a nice view, I recently did the same with the beautiful Copenhagen.

I found 3 special places that gave me a very nice overview of Copenhagen from above, each one with its singularity and in different locations. If what you want is a great view, here are 3 breathtaking options for you:

The round tower

Copenhagen from above, by Packing my Suitcase.

The round tower is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. I found it very interesting that to get up the tower you have to walk in a spiral walk, and because the way it was built, you walk 209 meters to reach the 36 meters high top of the tower!

The round tower offers great views to the old part of Copenhagen, and constantly has exhibitions of art, culture, history and science. There is also a floating glass floor, for those brave enough you can step on the over 50 mm thick glass. You know me, I didn’t do it, but W did it and he got some shots for us.

Copenhagen from above, by Packing my Suitcase.

Copenhagen from above, by Packing my Suitcase.

Copenhagen from Above, by Packing my Suitcase.

Copenhagen from above, by Packing my Suitcase.

Admission

  •  Adults: DKK 25
  • Children (5 -15 years) DKK 5

Address

Købmagergade 52A 1150 KBH K

The Tower, Christiansborg Palace

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Christiansborg Palace is where the Danish parliament is located. It is possible to visit a few rooms of the palace, as well as the tower. In order to get up there it is necessary to go through a security check and take two different elevators. I almost gave up half way because of the long and slow line, but I am very glad I didn’t, since it was my favourite view of the city.

The tower is 106 meters high, the highest tower in town, and even though you can’t go all the way up, the view is simply stunning. I was impressed. You can also enjoy the opportunity to have lunch/dinner at the tower’s restaurant.

Copenhagen from above, by Packing my Suitcase.

Copenhagen from above, by Packing my Suitcase.

Admission

Free

Address

Christiansborg

1218 København K

Church of our Saviour – The Spiral

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If you think you have climbed different towers, you are wrong. Going up the Church of Our Saviour is a unique experience and one you will never forget. There are 400 steps to reach the top, and the last 150 steps are the most challenging and not for everyone. Why? Because the stairs are on the outside of the spiral.

The way up to the first stage of the tower are very tight and with old wooden steps, where you need to way some people come down to keep going up, a bit busy! When I reached the first stage I thought: “why do I keep doing this?”. That being said, you might now imagine how I was feeling with the height. Actually you don’t, I was so afraid that I hugged the wall, faced away the view and cried. Yup, that bad for me.

Copenhagen from above, by Packing my Suitcase.

The view is stunning, I know, it was actually voted by the Copenhageners the best in town, but I didn’t manage to go up the remaining 150 steps. It was just too much for me and unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the view as I should have.

Copenhagen from above, by Packing my Suitcase.

Copenhagen from above, by Packing my Suitcase.

Admission

Adults

  • Admission: 01/05/2015 – 30/09/2015 40.00 DKK – 45.00 DKK
  • Admission: 01/10/2015 – 15/12/2015 – 35.00 DKK

Children

  • Admission: 01/05/2015 – 30/09/2015 0.00 DKK – 10.00 DKK
  • Admission: 01/10/2015 – 15/12/2015 Gratis/Free

From May 29 – September 28 (high season): DKK 40 adults / DKK 10 children

Address

Skt. Annæ Gade 29

1416 København K

Which one is your favourite view?

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Mabel Kwong

    What beautiful views! So stunning and the sky and clouds look magnificent. So sorry to hear you didn’t make it to the top for the last one 🙁 But you must have been feeling terrible so high up. Maybe some pills can help for next time? I don’t usually encourage medication, though…

    It would be great if there were elevators in these buildings but of course, they are historical buildings so this might never come true. I suppose you must have quite a fit body to climb up those steps 😀 I don’t know if my skinny legs will be strong enough to take me to the top 😀

    • Yes! Beautiful aren’t they?
      Sadly I didnt made it up 🙁 I wish… but it was just too much for me. I never tried taking a pill, maybe it works?

      Some of them have elevators, but most of them don’t, as they are pretty old 🙁
      Stairs are tiring and not everyone manage to go until the end, but I never had a problem with it 😀 Im sure you could make it too 😉

      • Mabel Kwong

        Maybe one day you will be able to go up there. Sometimes maybe if you’re afraid of small areas that could be the problem. When I’m climbing stairs and it’s a narrow stairway, I usually feel dizzy :/

        I’ve never tried pills before climbing stairs, though. Probably because I don’t like the idea of eating medicine before doing exercise…doesn’t sound right at all. And if I’m not capable of it, better not do it! So you are wise 😀

        • Ohh you are right… narrow stairs make me dizzy too 🙁
          And also agree with you about taking medicine, I avoid at all costs, specially the ones that make me sleepy!
          Better not do it if we can’t manage it 😀

  • Gin

    I visited the Round Tower and I found the views quite beautiful from there 🙂

    • Lovely!!! Yes they are, I also enjoyed the round tower a lot… I found it very interesting! 😀

  • Nihar Pradhan

    Somehow I am always fascinated by the top view of the world, the city and the nature. I feel as if I am on the top of the world plus it gives you a bird’s eye view of things which we just cannot fathom from our walking or vehicle exploration. Places where such tall tower exist, it is a wonderful opportunity to take that challenge of climbing up but I have done in few places and I must admit it is real tough to climb those spiral and stiff staircase.

    Lovely views and wonderful pictures…

    By the way how was your diving exploration at Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt …looking forward to hear about that experience.

    😀

    • Yes Nihar, me too! I Also love seeing a city from above, it certainly gives us another image of the place 😀

      You are right, some places are very difficult to climb up!! And for those like afraid of heights is even more difficult 🙁 haha!

      My diving trip was amazing! I came back yesterday 😀 soon I will share with you a little bit of my trip!!

      • Nihar Pradhan

        Good to hear that you had a great trip, I knew it has to be with the kind of preparation and planning you do before venturing into any travel. One need to be courageous and lucky to get a bird’s eye view of a city, many places we don’t have the facility…who said I am afraid of heights, initially I thought you are but the kind of adventure you do, kudos to you, now I just cannot say that you are afraid of height…

        HaHaHa…you will say Hmmmm.
        😀

        • Yes it was a great trip!! I spend most of my time diving so it passed really fast 😀

          hahahaha, ohh I am really afraid of heights 😀 unfortunately!!

  • I love that even though you are afraid of heights, you still love a view from up high! I do, too. I love the Round Tower, what a gorgeous building

    • hahaha yes!! Somehow I keep visiting these tall places, the view is most of the time worth it! I wish I wasn’t so afraid of heights, it prevents me of doing so many cool things!
      The Round Tower is very pretty indeed.. right in the middle of the old town! 😀

  • Thank you G 😀 me too, I loooove Copenhagen!!
    Ohhh great to know that I am not alone with this crazy fear! The spiral is really crazy… I didnt manage to get up there 🙁 it was too much for me!! hahaha

  • hahahaha true 😀

  • Hanne

    These are some great tips! Next time I travel to Copenhagen I will visit there as well. I had no idea these towers existed. I love all the views. 🙂

    • Cool isn’t it? I’m glad you like them, next time you need to try some pictures from them 😀 is pretty cool!!

  • hahahaa yes, I think in Europe there are always stairs everywhere! Surely because of all the old buildings 😀
    Yes you are right, I wouldn’t have enjoyed the view as I should… it was simply too high and crazy hahaha

  • Yes it does <3 such a pretty city with all these colourful buildings 😀

  • You’re welcome Vlad 😀 I’m glad you find it useful for your trip!!! If you are not so afraid of heights I guess you will do just fine!! You need to try, it will be a different experience for sure 😀 and I would love to see your photos from up there!!

  • Me too 😀 it is an amazing place.
    Do you work there? 🙂

    • I used to live in Copenhagen if that is what you where thinking?

      • Ohhhh ok!! No, it’s because I checked the url you left on the previous message and thought it was your website or something, so I thought you worked there somehow, sorry! 😀

  • I love that place too… took 100 photos of it 😀
    Oh well, I love the whole town actually… so beautiful!!