Den Sorte Diamant (Black Diamond)

Den Sorte Diamant (Black Diamond)

Søren Kierkegårds Plads 1.,
Copenhagen, Denmark
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat: 8 AM to 10 PM
Price: 1000 kr (144 USD) and up

Part of the same complex as the Jewish Museum, the Black Diamond houses part of the Royal Library, which with 4.5 million books is the largest in Scandinavia–there are rare manuscripts by national treasures Karen Blixen, Hans Christian Andersen, and Søren Kierkegård. It’s one of Copenhagen’s most spectacular sights, best seen by boat as you emerge from Christianshavn Kanal. The building bends over the sparkling Øresund, with a glass and granite-clad frontage reflecting the waves and boats as they pass by. Built by architects Schmidt, Hammer, and Lassen and opened in 1999, there’s also a bookshop, concerts in the Queen’s Hall, exhibition space, and the highly rated restaurant, Søren K. Spend a happy hour looking at the exhibitions; there are often political caricatures in the Danish Museum of Cartoon Art. The National Museum of Photography is also well worth some attention; it’s elegantly laid out in sleek, minimal spaces and the images exhibited span the history of photography as well as featuring contemporary works. The Montana Room is a softly lit circular glass space housing long-term exhibitions. Outside wander around Søren Kierkegård Plads and marvel at the sunlight glinting of the Black Diamond’s granite-coated glass façade as it looms over the Øresund

Closes at 7 p.m in the Summer. Concert times vary

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