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Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek)

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Address: Soren Kierkegaards Pl. 1, Copenhagen, Denmark
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+45 33 47 47 47
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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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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Stunning Building Inside and Out.

This is a gorgeous place to visit. Also they had a display of old rare books for free that included some really interesting books.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a gorgeous place to visit. Also they had a display of old rare books for free that included some really interesting books.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a privilege to be able to go inside the National Library. As Librarians, my husband and Iwere very interested to see this historic building as well as the beautiful addition. Truly an asset to Copenhagen... and all of Denmark. Location is close to Nuhavn, so easy access for walking if you are in the neighborhood. Again, 2015, not as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived in Copenhagen on a rainy day. After booking into hotel we ventured out and as we had no particucar plans for the rest of the day, we decided to walk to the Library. From the distance alone the architecture is amazing to look at and as you get inside, it is such an enspiring place. Busy with students, there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth a visit just to see the architecture of the building, but inside there are some exhibitions to look at too. You can also just chill out by the river too

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

The Royal Library has an amazing collection of old books and papers. They were all displayed in large cabinets, with full descriptions and explanation sin English. Very interesting

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

We were taken there as part of a conference, but it would probably be interesting to visit without a guided tour if you are interested in architecture

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

The Royal Library is an amazing place! Black Diamond indeed. The library itself is stunning - a wonderful mixture of new and old with plenty of opportunities from rare books to delightful concerts! There is a wooden terrace in front of the new part of the building, a perfect place to spend summer days. Behind the old part you will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I didnt visit the library, (it was undergoing renovation on the facarde when I was there), but the gardens are the best place for Pokemon catching. Lots of folks just walking around the central fountain catching Pokemon. Quite a sight in itself.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

I spent about 45 minutes wandering from floor to floor of the library and was just overwhelmed by how beautiful the architecture was. I highly recommend getting up to at least the second floor, where you can get a good view of the readings rooms, windowed front wall, and lower escalators - it's really quite extraordinary. And in the afternoons,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We visited this amazing piece of architecture on a cold, wet rainy day. From the outside, the modernist structure looks like a black diamond. The interior is a stunning, light filled space. We sat in the cafe & drank coffee and hot chocolate whilst watching the world go by. The small bookshop was great, we bought some great postcards with... 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 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.
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