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Bethel Hotel
Botanisk Have
Carlsberg Brewery
Casino Copenhagen
Clarion Hotel
Copenhagen Airport
Copenhagen Bymuseum
Copenhagen Harbor
Copenhagen Zoo
Frederikskirke (Marble Church)
HC Orstedsparken
Hilton Hotel
Holmens Kirke
Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Hotel D Angleterre
Ice Bar - Hotel 27
Illums Bolighus
Krogs Fiskerestaurant
Marriott Hotel
Nyhavn Canal
Palace Hotel
Ravnsborggade
Restaurant Chili
Rosenborg Castle
Royal Danish Arsenal Museum
St Alban's Church
The Little Mermaid
Tivoli Gardens
Trekroner Sea Fort


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Kastellet

Address: Kastellet

Kastellet's construction was started by King Christian IV of Denmark as far back as 1626 with the building of an entrenchment in the northern part of the defense wall of Copenhagen. The King had grand construction plans and originally a castle would have been situated on the site so that the king himself could seek haven there, but the plan was dropped on account of economic constraints. Construction continued with his successor King Frederick III of Denmark. After the Swedish siege on Copenhagen (1658–1660) the Dutch engineer Henrik Rüse was called in to help rebuild and extend the construction. The fortification was named Citadellet Frederikshavn ("The Frederikshavn Citadel"), but it is better known as Kastellet ("the citadel").

Kastellet was used in the defense of Copenhagen against England in the Battle of Copenhagen (1807).

Christen Købke (1810–1848), Danish painter associated with the Golden Age of Danish Painting, grew up in Kastellet and made many paintings of the area.

Kastellet was renovated 1989–1999 with funds from the A.P. Møller and Wife Chastine McKinney Møllers General Fund.

The prison in Kastellet

The prison in Kastellet was built adjacent to the church. Holes in the walls of the prisonerĘs cells between the prison and the church allowed the prisoners to follow church services.

Struensee awaited his execution in KastelletĘs prison.

Kastellet today

Kastellet celebrated its 340 year jubilee in 2004 with an open house celebration.

It is owned by the Danish Defence Ministry and is used, among others, by the chief of Staff, the Danish Home Guard (Hjemmeværnet), the Defence Intelligence (Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste), the Defence Judge Advocate Corps (Forsvarets Auditørkorps) and the Royal GarrisonĘs Library.

Kastellet is a peaceful, protected area, functioning as a military area, a cultural-historical monument, a museum and a park. It is located close to the statue of the popular tourist attraction, Hans Christian AndersenĘs The Little Mermaid (Den lille havfrue), the Gefion fountain (Gefionspringvandet) and Langelinie. It is a popular place to go for a walk on a sunny day, and is very popular with children on account of the many animals and birds in the grounds.

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