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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 September 17, 2017

My partner and I really enjoyed it. At first it seems incredibly dark but that is an experience in itself - we accidentally went in the opposite direction than instructed which plunged us into near total darkness with only the ropes and posts to guide...More

Thank achill123
Reviewed August 23, 2017

The Cisterns are an interesting structure, underground chambers and arches used previously for water storage. The Water, an art installation in The Cisterns is a creepy and thought-provoking experience; Walk Towards the Light, as instructed, and when you do, it is reflected light from a...More

Thank Lyn B
Reviewed August 23, 2017

I saw this advertised on Travel man and as I like quirky unusual places I wanted to visit this. It was total rubbish and I genuinely do not understand the 5 star reviews for this exhibition. There is literally NOTHING to see!! If your idea...More

3  Thank silvernlilac
Reviewed August 20, 2017

Surrounded by green, lush Søndermarken, a visit to Cisternerne offers a dramatic change, on a bright summer's day. Here, silence reigns and as you adjust to the darkness, new perspectives emerge. Sambuichi's minimalistic light installations, created to merge into this watery world, provide a meditative...More

Thank anne-birgitte
Reviewed August 18, 2017

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 August 17, 2017

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 August 17, 2017 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 August 12, 2017 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 August 6, 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Birthe A
Reviewed July 26, 2017 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
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