In 1902, a German tourist visited Copenhagen with his new Benz Gaggenau – an ultra-modern car with a powerful engine. He wanted to demonstrate what the vehicle was capable of, and lamented the lack of mountains in Denmark. The story came to the attention of a merchant named Mr Lippert, who had just bought the “Citus” engine works in Funen. He arranged for the car to be put through its paces in the Round Tower. The proud tourist was able to show off his vehicle’s capabilities by driving up and down the steep and winding spiral passageway.
Eighteen years later, the journalist Eric Boesgaard repeated the feat in a Ford.