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Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek)

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Indre By (Inner City)
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Address: Soren Kierkegaards Pl. 1, Copenhagen, Denmark
Phone Number:
+45 33 47 47 47
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

Nicknamed the "Black Diamond" for its architectural profile,...

Nicknamed the "Black Diamond" for its architectural profile, Copenhagen's Royal Library also functions as Denmark's national library and stacks for the University of Copenhagen. The building houses a cafe and bookshop, and hosts exhibitions and concerts. Entry to the library is free; public tours are offered on Saturdays at 3 p.m. for a fee.

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lovely building and lovely gardens and worth to go and see the treasures

The new building called the black diamond is beautiful, and the views from the terrace are nice. For the architecture, step inside and have a look. There are (paying) exhibitions... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2016
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Reviewed 27 May 2016

The new building called the black diamond is beautiful, and the views from the terrace are nice. For the architecture, step inside and have a look. There are (paying) exhibitions downstairs, but the treasures of the library (documents by HC Andersen, K Blixen, N Bohr etc) can be visited for free on the first floor above the shop.

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 12 May 2016

This is still actively used. The reading room is off limits except for those using it, and the collection of books is underground. Not much to see here. The cafe has a good view of the waterfront.

Thank Danott
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 7 May 2016

Love this library. Live in Copenhagen and have used it to study. But will continue to use it when i've finished. The cafe is way overpriced, but in the summer it is lovely to sit outside with a cup of coffee by the water or in the small garden. The exhibitions are also worth a visit. Important to just take... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

In the middle of the city centre is an oasis of tranquility: the Garden of the Royal Library. If you enjoy a stroll, architecture and a slower pace in the city, this is the place to visit. Almost a secret garden, guess there are a lot of people who propose, it's so romantic!

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Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

Absolutely glorious building and must be a wonderful place to study. Not much to really to see as a tourist, but clearly that's not the point of it!

Thank Edward B
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2016

We walked around the area as part of our Borgen walking tour, from the Christiansburg Palace. Very impressive building. You do get the impression that some of the 1960s and 1970s buildings were allowed without much thought as to their impact on the skyline but the more modern architecture is superb.

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Reviewed 12 February 2016

Wondered in because it was getting a bit chilly. Spent an hour there just looking at the architecture. A lovely peaceful setting and well worth a visit.

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Beringen, Belgium
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Reviewed 10 January 2016

The library was closen when we visited but we walked alongside to the water. There was the Black Diamond, it is truly a remarkable building and the location by the water is top!

Thank Hilde C
Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 3 January 2016

Beautiful library which has been here for many years and has gorgeous architecture. The entire city is a museum lovers haven.

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Almere, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 19 December 2015

Great to see two very different building attached: the royal library and the university library. The cafe serves good coffee.

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Indre By (Inner City)
This is the heart of old town Copenhagen, with its blend of charming old buildings and bold new architecture, broad avenues and tiny streets as well as picturesque canals and a modern harbor. The inner city is home to the Royal Danish Theatre, which consists of three buildings, two of which are new and situated on the harbor front. The streets, squares and venues of the inner city and its surrounding neighborhoods, are alive all year round with everything from jazz festivals to outdoor ice skating rinks and parachuting at the lakes right in the center of the city. This compact area boasts beautiful old castles, tranquil parks, and bustling squares where you can always find a bench to stretch out your legs whenever you need a break.
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