The Royal Library, Copenhagen

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At The Royal Library, discover numerous historic treasures, such as a collection of books by Carl Linné, the manuscripts and correspondence of H.C. Andersen, and the S. Kierkegaard archives. All known Danish printed works--from the very first Danish book printed in 1482--are featured in the library's five buildings, including the new one called "the black diamond." You need to cross one of the three bridges to get from one building to the other. Observe the central hall of the old building, which is a copy of Charlemagne's Palace chapel in the Aachen Cathedral. Use our Copenhagen online trip planner to arrange your visit to The Royal Library and other attractions in Copenhagen.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Free entry, the picture is deceptive, it is namely the black diamond on the waterfront. Once again excellent modern architecture! Visit also the photo Museum in the basement. The old photos are funny and show the Royal family on vacation, etc., depending on the exhibition
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  • August 16, 2017
    What combination of beautiful historic old Kgl. library with romantic garden courtyard and the modern large extension of the Black Diamond on the river bank. Construction sites yet all around and the nice café at 18: 00 closed, but definitely worth the visit.
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  • August 3, 2017
    You enter with a lot of respect and curiosity: beautiful and very well equipped rooms. Here the silence is just natural
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  • June 1, 2017
    Completely love this place! Great coffee, desserts and an amazing area to relax while reading or working. You can see what is happening outside from the huge windows of this modern building or you can even sit outside if the weather is right.
  • May 23, 2017
    A beautiful modern building, in a city with such a plethora of Renaissance buildings it's nice to see something different. Not that I don't love the Renaissance buildings!
  • June 12, 2017
    Modern architecture, the interior design is also stylish, and a comfortable cafe shop at the ground floor.
  • May 23, 2017
    Really ugly building. An eyesore in an otherwise attractive harbour view
  • June 7, 2017
    So much to see and do here. I suggest that you make a day trip in this area if you have the time.

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Most of the hotels in Copenhagen are located in the central Vesterbro or hip Indre By areas, though there are many more adventurous (and somewhat more affordable) places to stay during your vacation. As in the rest of Denmark, accommodations in Copenhagen are quite expensive. If you're traveling on a tight budget, consider camping along the Mølleå River or staying in one of the city's many backpacker hostels. If you prefer an inexpensive hotel, explore options in the Helgolandsgade and Colbjørnsensgade neighborhoods. For a taste of Denmark's art scene, head to the up-and-coming Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn areas. Travelers who like to stay outside of the main tourist areas should set their sights on one of the city's suburbs, like the northern section where you can stay at a beachfront hotel or on a houseboat.
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