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Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek)

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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...more
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Soren Kierkegaards Pl. 1, Copenhagen, Denmark
Indre By (Inner City)
+45 33 47 47 47
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Reviewed 1 week ago

took a walk and then well earned rest in the library's extensive gardens - beautiful, tranquil and very well kept.

Thank mabinho
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the secret garden of the library which is beautiful with a fountain on a free yellow umbrella walking tour. Wish we had time to enter it....will do so on our next visit.

Thank Illinoisgal29
Reviewed August 15, 2018

The library is nice to see, and the visit will not take too long. The entrance is through the modern building adjoining it, ie at GPS coordinates of about 55.673204, 12.582060). From there you can take an escalator up which takes you towards the old...More

2  Thank James W
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Hidden away with an lovely garden and terrific architecture, the majority of tourist to the Parliament buildings will never see this. Excellent

Thank Jan R
Reviewed July 21, 2018

The wonderful old building of the Royal Danish Library now has a new addition of magnificent modern architecture. Worth a visit.

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Reviewed July 10, 2018

I did not actually go in the library but took a coffee break and enjoyed the gardens. There is a statue of Kierkegaard there. I had read about Kierkegaard but did not associate him with Copenhagen. The coffee shop is a good place for a...More

Thank Jennifer J
Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

As a fan of Soren Kierkegaard, the gardens were high on my list as places to visit. They are so beautiful and peaceful. As we walked from our hotel near the train station, it was an easy detour to visit here on our way to...More

1  Thank Darren D
Reviewed May 30, 2018

We went to the Royal Library especially to see the garden. We were not disappointed. It was one of the highlights of our trip. Lovely, peaceful, enjoyable.

Thank henhome
Reviewed May 3, 2018

Trip Advisor reviews inspired me to check out this attraction, and it was well worth it. The modern part of the library on the canal is really spectacular: Great for taking photos outside and inside, and admission is free. Be sure to go up and...More

2  Thank tunemeister
Reviewed May 2, 2018

The visit to the Royal Library (nowdays rather called "the Black Diamond" because of the modern extension of the building) is a nice experience. The entrance is free, the wifi also, and the place is nice to lounge and sit either inside or outside in...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
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