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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
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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Wonderful for Nerds

If you like books, architecture, sitting with a coffee by the canal, and gardens, this is a pleasant stop for you. The juxtaposition of the modern library (black diamond) with the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Eli N
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like books, architecture, sitting with a coffee by the canal, and gardens, this is a pleasant stop for you. The juxtaposition of the modern library (black diamond) with the old Royal Library was good for a quick stop and some breakfast. The latte and juice we got at the main cafe, and then sitting by the water, was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in the gardens for a contemplative 30 minutes and enjoyed the birdsong and sunshine. Plenty of places to sit and take in the surroundings. We did not go into the library itself, the sight of an armed policeman outside put us off.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Libraries are usually not on the top attraction list when you visit a city. I wouldn't put it on either, but if you have time, this attration is worth a visit. It's not only the books and interior but also very much the architecture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The famous building known as the black diamond, due to its shape and reflections on its surface, is the national and the university library of Copenhagen. It was founded in 1648 by Frederick III and today has five sites, but this one is the most famous and well known, opened in 1999 adjacent to the old building at Slotsholmen. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

We thought the black diamant part was better from the outside than from the inside, but do recomment to go in to see the lecture room in the old building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 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.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 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!

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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.