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Climb the towers of Denmark

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In a land without mountains, the Danes have had to make their own vantage points. Some date back to the renaissance and some have just been built, but they are all architecturally unique and a great way to take in the view of the Danish cities and countryside. 

Skovtårnet © EFFEKT Architects. Photo: Daniel Villadsen
Photo: © EFFEKT Architects. Photo: Daniel Villadsen

The Forest Tower

The Forest Tower is located south of Copenhagen close to the Gisselfeld Monastery and surrounded by the Camp Adventure Park. The 45 meter (147 ft) spiraling tower was designed by Danish EFFEKT Architects and opened in 2019. You can spend the night at the foot of the tower in one of Camp Adventure’s tents, yurts or glamping cabins.

Bjarke Ingels BIG architectuur, Deense architect, Marsktårnet Denemarken
Photo: Jacob Lisbygd

The Marsk Tower

Marsk Tower, another spiraling one, opened in South Jutland in 2021 with design by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The 146 steps takes you 25 meter (82 ft.) above the wide marsh lands of south west Jutland. BIG’s design is inspired by a DNA double helix taking you up and down on separate steps.

The Round Tower in Copenhagen
Photo: Marc Skafte-Vaabengaard

The Round Tower

The Round Tower is the classic tower in Denmark, dating back to 1642. The 41.5 meter (136 ft.) tower was built as a astronomical observatory  by the Danish King Christian IV. For more than 200 years it was crucial for astronomy research in Denmark, before the city’s light pollution made it obsolete.

Aalborg Tower in North Jutland
Photo: Daniel Brandt Andersen

The Aalborg Tower

The Aalborg Tower was built for a trade show in 1933 and was actually meant to be removed again, but when the removal proved to be expensive, a local hunting association bought the 55 meter (180 ft.) tower instead.

Close to Dueodde Beach on Bornholm
Photo: @et_nyt_kapitel

The Bornholmer Tower

The 70 meter (230 ft) Bornholmer Tower started out as a listening post for at the Danish intelligence office in the 1960s, but has been open to the public since 2015 featuring exhibitions, videos and machines from WWII and the Cold War on Bornholm.

The Tower in Copenhagen ZOO seen from Frederiksberg Gardens
Photo: Wonderful Copenhagen

The ZOO Tower

The ZOO Tower in Copenhagen ZOO was built in 1905 with inspiration from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. With a location on top of the Valby Hill, the 43.5 meter (143 ft) tower gives you a view all the way to Roskilde and the Oresund Bridge to Sweden on a clear day.

Dueodde lighthouse, Bornholm
Photo: @markusmogens

Dueodde Lighthouse

Over 200 beautiful lighthouses can be seen all throughout Denmark, but the tallest in Northern Europe can be seen on Bornholm’s Dueodde Beach. The 48 meter (157 ft.) tower was built in 1962.

A view over Aarhus Ø harbor with Lighouse and Risskov
Photo: Roar Paaske


Lighthouse in Aarhus is, despite the name, not a lighthouse. It is actually, one of the newest towers and the tallest residential building in Denmark with 45 floors, designed by 3XN. With its 142 meter (466 ft.) and location on the tip of Aarhus’s new, waterfront neighborhood, Aarhus Ø, it has amazing views over the city and water, and is quickly becoming a landmark for the city.

Hotel A Place To, design by Bjarke Ingels Group in Esbjerg
Photo: A Place To Esbjerg (2021) - Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Photographer: Daniel Brandt Andersen

A Place To

A Place To in Esbjerg is the collective name of three Bjarke Ingels designed towers in Esbjerg near the Danish west coast. The top eight floors of the tallest one, 66 meters (216 ft.), contains a hotel with 117 rooms and suites filled with elegant HAY furniture as well as a top-floor restaurant, Heavenly Dining. 

Photo: Martin Heiberg - Copenhagen Media Center

Axel Towers

Copenhagen’s Axel Towers is a collection of five cobber-clad round towers, the tallest one being 61 meters (200 ft.). The mixed-use building is designed by Lundgaard & Tranberg. The best way to experience it is by heading up the 10th floor for Restaurant TRIO, which has views over the neighboring Tivoli Gardens.

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