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The Cisterns

Soendermarken | Soendermarken, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen 2000, Denmark
+45 30 73 80 32
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The Cisterns in Søndermarken ParkResting deep beneath the green lawns of Søndermarken Park is a cavernous world that never sees the light of day. Enveloped in darkness, these damp and cold surroundings call ancient cathedrals and murky catacombs instantly to mind. History of The Cisterns The Cisterns, a long forgotten subterranean reservoir, once contained the supply of drinking water for the Danish capital and could hold as much as 16 million liters of clean water. Excavation began in 1856. Taking only three years to complete, the great structure quickly helped to alleviate many of the water supply problems of the day; but by 1933, the city’s cisterns ceased their function as a reservoir for drinking water, and they were finally drained in 1981. In 1996, in connection with Copenhagen’s status as European City of Culture – and through a joint initiative between the City of Frederiksberg and gallery owner Max Seidenfaden, who ran The Cisterns as a museum of modern glass art from 2001 to 2013– the underground water reservoir was put to use as an exhibition space. Today, The Cisterns is an integral part of Frederiksberg Museums, acting as a venue for art exhibitions and other events where the singularity of its architecture and atmosphere remains a core attraction. The Cisterns: A Cave within a CityLocated under Frederiksberg Hill in the heart of Søndermarken Park, The Cisterns is the only dripstone cave in Denmark. The natural formation of stalactites and stalagmites are not uncommon for concrete structures, yet none anywhere can offer the sheer magnitude and diversity of those found here. Such geological formations are extremely fragile, so for the sake of the museum as well as future guests we kindly request that you refrain from touching them. Thank you. Andante Christian Lemmerz at The CisternsIn a unique concoction of granite, concrete pillars and delicate stalactites and stalagmites, the subterranean exhibition space under Søndermarken Park is breathtaking. Of course, not every artist can meet the challenges proposed by these surroundings, but internationally renowned Danish artist Christian Lemmerz is certainly one who can! Lemmerz’ site-specific work, Andante, emerges as a monumental living sculpture, like a sea of candles, to illuminate and stage the sheer drama of this dark and cavernous space. AndanteChristian LemmerzMarts 2 – November 30, 2014
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Soendermarken | Soendermarken, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen 2000, Denmark
+45 30 73 80 32
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Reviewed 5 days ago

There is a new exhibition each year in this unused cistern that once stored the drinking water for the city of Copenhagen. In the dark, underground, just above the silent water, an artist or an architect makes an otherworldly scene. We saw the installation of...More

Thank Tony R
Reviewed 5 days ago

The place could be fantastic. Have seen a television broadcast from this place. But at the moment the place is just a very dark place to visit. An artist has done some work in trying to get natural light down under the ground with mirrors....More

Thank Martin R
Reviewed 5 days ago

I went to see an installation called 'The Water' by Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi and I was deeply moved by it. First of all I walked through a lovely park to get there. Once there you go down the stairs to the cisterns and have...More

Thank Valentinani
Reviewed 6 days ago

We would recommend this peaceful, calming experience (depending on the exhibition - ours was Sambuichi). Nicely situated in a park. Make sure your eyes adjust well to the light: We would highly recommend that you go two rounds (no extra cost).

Thank Falco1968
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Depending on the exhibition that is in, this can be an interesting place to visit. Especially if you are in the area.

Thank zrekkal1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cisterns are a fairly unique museum/attraction, and it is cool to walk around inside for a bit. The ticket price is a bit high given how small they are.

Thank o_hughmanatee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having watched Richard Ayoade visit this during Travel Man 48 Hours in Copenhagen we listed this high on our must-do's and we weren't disappointed. When your eyes finally adjust to the darkness this is a unique experience that I am sure you will love. What...More

Thank SouthernSun73
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Featuring now an exhibition of a Japanese artist. A bit price with DKK 60 and you are done in 20-30 min. However still a nice experience in almost entire darkness.

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Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

This was an interesting experience. The actual cisterns are not large, we were done in less than thirty minutes. Not sure if it is a must see at full price, but also not something I have experienced before.

Thank Poigea
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Interesting, somewhat bizarre place to visit. Felt a bit like walking through an American style fun house.

Thank kaylamc1974
Located between Noerrebro and Vesterbro you’ll find
Frederiksberg, which is actually a municipality in
itself but completely surrounded by Copenhagen. Here
there are several fine theaters, from the experimental
to the great Det Ny Teater (The New Theater) which
specializes in transcribing the great London and New
York musicals into Danish, and has done so for several
years with huge success. In Frederiksberg you’ll find
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