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Kastellet, Copenhagen

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 trip itinerary planner.
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  • Beautiful park on the water, near the city centre with istoric buildings and gardens. It is near the Little Mermaid statue.  more »
  • Place to visit right next to the Little Mermaid. Very nice place to walk with military buildings of the 17th century, a mill is charming. Quiet place
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  • Beautiful free park to enter, and the fortress is great. Had a moat built around the old fortress which you can walk around plus explore at your own pace. The grounds of the fortress are massive and you can easily spend a few hours here.
  • An absolutely beautiful and free park, where you can walk around for hours, and truly enjoy the beautiful scenery. It’s super close to the famous little mermaid statue as well as other statues, so it’s a good place to visit other touristy locations. Also, they have three bathrooms and many places to have a picnic, or just sit and relax and read a book. It’s such a picturesque park.
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