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Kastellet, Copenhagen

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Walk or jog on the ramparts of Kastellet, Europe's oldest military bastion and a favorite park area in the city. Danish King Christian IV founded this typical Renaissance fortification with five bastions in 1626. The citadel features the original windmill from 1847, three 18th century bronze cannons on the Princesses bastion, the National Monument of Remembrance, an 18th century church, and a prison. The site also is home to the new National Memorial for all fallen Danish soldiers. A prominent prisoner at the citadel prison was a German count and the royal physician, whose affair with Queen Matilda led to his beheading by the schizophrenic King Christian VII. Today, the buildings inside the citadel serve as military barracks and offices of the Danish Defense Intelligence. To visit Kastellet on your holiday in Copenhagen, and find out what else Copenhagen has to offer, use our Copenhagen.
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  • Altough all places were closed it was a nice walk around with some explanation boards in English. Appreciate it is a military working area. 
    Altough all places were closed it was a nice walk around with some explanation boards in English. Appreciate it is a military working area.  more »
  • This is a lovely spot to visit in Copenhagen, yet it doesn’t seem to be high on the tourist agenda. The Kastellet, or Citadel, is one of the most impressive and well-preserved fortifications in... 
    This is a lovely spot to visit in Copenhagen, yet it doesn’t seem to be high on the tourist agenda. The Kastellet, or Citadel, is one of the most impressive and well-preserved fortifications in...  more »
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  • This fortress is an absolutely lovely place for a quiet walk in the city. Admission is free, there are public restrooms, and there is even a small playground on the lower side of the moat. I spent a relaxing morning here, strolling, snacking and playing with my kids.
  • This park is a must see. Walking through the citadel is nice as well. The grass is green and the pond is full of beautiful swans. The windmill is preserved and magnificant.

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