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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
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"exhibition space"
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"modern glass"
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"unique museum"
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"interesting experience"
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"copenhagen zoo"
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"underground water reservoir"
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"carlsberg museum"
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"beautiful park"
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"copenhagen pass"
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"short visit"
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We only visited this place having seen it on TV's Travelman show, but were very glad we did. Essentially just an old underground water storage tank that was built to serve the growing population of Copenhagen, it has now been drained and turned into an...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting place to visit. It's not too expensive to get in and its close to Carlsberg Museum and the Zoo.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

This site is a splendid location that often hosts art exhibitions. It is located in a beautiful park. Worth a visit!

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

An exhibition space with a twist! A former underground water reservoir that has been turned in to a unique exhibition space. Set underground and almost devoid of daylight it makes for a very unique experience. Once you get used to it the space is very...More

Thank Tim K
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Kristine F, Gæsteansvarlig at The Cisterns, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Hi Tim. Thank you so much for sharing your experience at our space! It is great to hear that you had a sensuous experience - the way the underground space plays with your senses is really something we aim to enhance with everything we do...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Definitely an interesting space to visit - especially if you have a Copenhagen Card! (And it’s just down from the Zoo, so a great combo for a day!) Unlike anything else you’ve seen (even if you’re a little like me and spent most of the...More

Thank KDarwin
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

We weren't sure whether to go here owing to the reviews, but decided to and weren't disappointed. While I understand people's complaints about it being gloomy, that is the point! You descend into the reservoir and it starts off almost pitch black, and you have...More

Thank FranFran144
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

I was in Copenhagen for a couple of days and this was one of the places I wanted to go to, I was so glad to see it was included in the CopenhagenCard! It's an installation due to be replaced in a few months time...More

Thank Billy J
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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Amazing. If you don’t mind the dark, and the occasional drip of water on the head, then this is worth a trip. It was an unusual place but the engineering of the structure is impressive. It’s an eerie place.

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

Ok, you've got this redundant underground storage facility and you want to turn it into a tourist attraction, what do you do, flood it with light so that everyone can see the architecture, construction, the remaining water and lime build up? Nah, keep it gloomy,...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

It was an amazing experience to see the japanese lamps during the night in the Cisterns, very interesting!

Thank Dani L
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