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Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek)

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Address: Soren Kierkegaards Pl. 1, Copenhagen, Denmark
Phone Number: 33-47-47-47
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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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Love this library

The Royal Library of Copenhagen is always a nice place to study, and there is a great selection of things to do here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Royal Library of Copenhagen is always a nice place to study, and there is a great selection of things to do here.

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Beringen, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a extraordinary island of peace and quietness in the middle of a busy city, wonderful architecture blending old and new in perfect harmony, and a great coffee shop in the basement, directly on the water.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Great public library where they welcome visitors! The newer addition is justly famous for its architecture (best appreciated from the river ferry which runs right alongside) , but the older section is interesting as well. Though the reading rooms have limited access, you can peer in through the doors. There is even a nice cafe and a restaurant. Occasional special... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

This building really demonstrates how old and new can be so beautifully blended to produce a stunning piece of architecture. A great place to drop by when you need a break from the chilly weather.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Everything is so clean in CPH. Royal librarby is a wonderfully built structure with a huge selection and cafe. Worth seeing if you are done with everything and have time.

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Kastrup, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Tourists are recommended to have a peap inside this place. The old part is connected tobtha new part... The so Called Black Diamond. Free entre and NOT the ordinary thing to see. Close to City center and other plages of cultural interest.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Like most tourists we only came to view the building that has open access. This included the corridor linking the old reading rooms and the modern part, the cafe and shop. The staff on the information desk were helpful when we bought our passes for culture night. The views of the canal through the huge windows were nice.

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Staying in Indre By (Inner City)

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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.