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The Cisterns

Soendermarken | Soendermarken, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen 2000, Denmark
+45 30 73 80 32
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The Cisterns in Søndermarken ParkResting deep beneath the green lawns of Søndermarken Park is a cavernous world that never sees the light of day. Enveloped in darkness, these damp and cold surroundings call ancient cathedrals and murky catacombs instantly to mind. History of The Cisterns The Cisterns, a long forgotten subterranean reservoir, once contained the supply of drinking water for the Danish capital and could hold as much as 16 million liters of clean water. Excavation began in 1856. Taking only three years to complete, the great structure quickly helped to alleviate many of the water supply problems of the day; but by 1933, the city’s cisterns ceased their function as a reservoir for drinking water, and they were finally drained in 1981. In 1996, in connection with Copenhagen’s status as European City of Culture – and through a joint initiative between the City of Frederiksberg and gallery owner Max Seidenfaden, who ran The Cisterns as a museum of modern glass art from 2001 to 2013– the underground water reservoir was put to use as an exhibition space. Today, The Cisterns is an integral part of Frederiksberg Museums, acting as a venue for art exhibitions and other events where the singularity of its architecture and atmosphere remains a core attraction. The Cisterns: A Cave within a CityLocated under Frederiksberg Hill in the heart of Søndermarken Park, The Cisterns is the only dripstone cave in Denmark. The natural formation of stalactites and stalagmites are not uncommon for concrete structures, yet none anywhere can offer the sheer magnitude and diversity of those found here. Such geological formations are extremely fragile, so for the sake of the museum as well as future guests we kindly request that you refrain from touching them. Thank you. Andante Christian Lemmerz at The CisternsIn a unique concoction of granite, concrete pillars and delicate stalactites and stalagmites, the subterranean exhibition space under Søndermarken Park is breathtaking. Of course, not every artist can meet the challenges proposed by these surroundings, but internationally renowned Danish artist Christian Lemmerz is certainly one who can! Lemmerz’ site-specific work, Andante, emerges as a monumental living sculpture, like a sea of candles, to illuminate and stage the sheer drama of this dark and cavernous space. AndanteChristian LemmerzMarts 2 – November 30, 2014
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Soendermarken | Soendermarken, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen 2000, Denmark
+45 30 73 80 32
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Reviewed yesterday

The Cisterns are located in the middle of a gorgeous park. There is a lovely running route around the perimeter, places to lounge on the grass, exercise stations and beautiful forested areas. The entrances are small glass "pyramids." You venture down a staircase and it...More

Thank Canadatom1
Reviewed 2 days ago

Amazing experience, like nothing I've ever done before! I don't want to give too much away because it took my breath away. Definitely go. The only reason it isn't 5 stars is because it is a reasonably long way out of the city centre to...More

Thank Julia F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I came across this place via Trip Advisor and the reviews sum it up well. It was an interesting and a little bit eerie an experience. My four year old got a bit scared in the dark, though I found it atmospheric. One or two...More

Thank Lex_Cambs
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the eerie and mysterious feel of the cisterns. The tour itself is rather short but the art exhibit inside is interesting.

Thank Soonerwxguy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic sight, dark and mysterious, beautiful. A hidden gem, and the surrounding park was also very nice.

Thank Birthe A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed walking through the park and visiting royal cistern. Fun walk for couples and families. A meditative serene setting. Cedar wood installation enhances environs.

Thank MotherTravels
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a new exhibition each year in this unused cistern that once stored the drinking water for the city of Copenhagen. In the dark, underground, just above the silent water, an artist or an architect makes an otherworldly scene. We saw the installation of...More

Thank Tony R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place could be fantastic. Have seen a television broadcast from this place. But at the moment the place is just a very dark place to visit. An artist has done some work in trying to get natural light down under the ground with mirrors....More

Thank Martin R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to see an installation called 'The Water' by Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi and I was deeply moved by it. First of all I walked through a lovely park to get there. Once there you go down the stairs to the cisterns and have...More

Thank Valentinani
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We would recommend this peaceful, calming experience (depending on the exhibition - ours was Sambuichi). Nicely situated in a park. Make sure your eyes adjust well to the light: We would highly recommend that you go two rounds (no extra cost).

Thank Falco1968
Located between Noerrebro and Vesterbro you’ll find
Frederiksberg, which is actually a municipality in
itself but completely surrounded by Copenhagen. Here
there are several fine theaters, from the experimental
to the great Det Ny Teater (The New Theater) which
specializes in transcribing the great London and New
York musicals into Danish, and has done so for several
years with huge success. In Frederiksberg you’ll find
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