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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 26, 2009

If you have a penchant for books or modern architecture, I recommend a visit to the Royal Library in Copenhagen. The old edifice was built in the first decade of the 20th century, and the gleaming new addition in the last decade of that same...More

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Reviewed October 31, 2011

The royal library is a nice place, but there aren't many things to see there. The structure is great and it is one of the iconic buildings of Copenhagen, and there are some interesting exhibitions and that's all! go there only if you are interested...More

1  Thank Tom M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We did not go inside but did enjoy walking around the beautiful grounds. The architecture and landscaping are interesting and lovely.

Thank Cynthia M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't actually go into the library but came across it when walking along the river. Good spot for a break and very clean toilets!

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Reviewed September 24, 2018

Beautiful restful gardens surround a very pretty fountain, providing a peaceful place to sit in a busy corner of Copenhagen.

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Reviewed September 12, 2018

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

Thank mabinho
Reviewed August 26, 2018

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
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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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