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Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek)

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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...more
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Soren Kierkegaards Pl. 1, Copenhagen, Denmark
Indre By (Inner City)
+45 33 47 47 47
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I did not actually go in the library but took a coffee break and enjoyed the gardens. There is a statue of Kierkegaard there. I had read about Kierkegaard but did not associate him with Copenhagen. The coffee shop is a good place for a...More

Thank Jennifer J
Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

As a fan of Soren Kierkegaard, the gardens were high on my list as places to visit. They are so beautiful and peaceful. As we walked from our hotel near the train station, it was an easy detour to visit here on our way to...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

We went to the Royal Library especially to see the garden. We were not disappointed. It was one of the highlights of our trip. Lovely, peaceful, enjoyable.

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

Trip Advisor reviews inspired me to check out this attraction, and it was well worth it. The modern part of the library on the canal is really spectacular: Great for taking photos outside and inside, and admission is free. Be sure to go up and...More

1  Thank tunemeister
Reviewed 2 May 2018

The visit to the Royal Library (nowdays rather called "the Black Diamond" because of the modern extension of the building) is a nice experience. The entrance is free, the wifi also, and the place is nice to lounge and sit either inside or outside in...More

1  Thank Touch_of_Zeus
Reviewed 12 January 2018

Historical landmark that is worth going. Be quiet as a visitor not to disturb any students studying in the gorgeous self-study area. Connected to the modern building the Black Diamond which offers a place for rest, souvenirs, and nice cake and coffee. Toilets available.

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

The new part of the Royal Library is definitely worth a visit; a modern architectural gem located right on the water with interesting exhibits, a shop, a nice cafe. Beautiful spot for reading and people-watching.

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Reviewed 16 November 2017

I like to visit libraries on my trips. This one is cool, a mix of old and new, right on the water. An escalator takes you up a couple of levels but there is a sign saying wheelchairs not allowed, then the elevator says staff...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 20 September 2017

The "Black Diamond" is a very striking, black glass waterfront addition built on to the charming brick-built Royal Library from 1906. Free to walk in and look around, cross from the Black Diamond to the older library via a glassed-in bridge. Access to the quiet...More

1  Thank Robert C
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Happily, we participated in the Marina Abramovic exhibit that gives you more than 60 minutes of superb audio readings in a specially designed exhibit room. This is a brilliant way to appreciate the library,s treasures that include rare ancient texts as well precious letters written...More

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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
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