The Black Diamond, simply known as "The Diamond," is an extension of the Royal Library, designed in a modern architectural style, smooth as a mirror, by the architect firm Schmidt, Hammer and Lassen. The main entrance to the Royal Library is from Søren Kierkegaards Square, and you'll find the ticket office as well as restrooms, the cloakroom and a bookshop here. The entrance to Restaurant Søren K is from the vestibule. The entrance to the Queen's Auditorium is from Christians Brygge 9. This hall is hired out for different arrangements of rhythmic and classical music, as well as for some lectures and conferences. Tickets for the musical arrangements can be bought at the ticket office.
Opened in 1996, Vega consists of two state-of-the-art concert halls: Store Vega, a larger venue accommodating 1500, and Lille Vega, a smaller venue for 500 that belts out live acts on a regular basis, in addition to a stylish bar and a lounge. Vega attracts a range of pop, rock and techno bands from Denmark and abroad. Please confirm specific events schedules and nightclub timings on the website.
Cinemateket is in the heart of Copenhagen, between Kongens Nytorv and Nørreport Station, and is part of the Danish Film Institute. The architecturally interesting building contains two cinema theaters, a library, a videoteque, a bookshop and a café, all in a fashionable atmosphere. The repertoire varies with different themes each month; almost all genres are represented at some time throughout the year. Each film is screened twice or thrice a month, and the prices are relatively low per ticket. Some short flicks and children's films are free, but you normally have to order the tickets in advance. Cinemateket is the only cinema in Copenhagen with such a varied repertoire, and is an especially fun place to bring children on a rainy day.
Located on Kongens Nytorv, the Royal Danish Theater was built by architect Wilhelm Dallerup in 1874. The building is especially impressive at night when crowds flock to the theater in evening dress. Home of the Royal Theater Company, the Royal Ballet and the Opera, the theater has two stages: Gamle Scene (old stage) and Ny Scene (new stage). Gamle Scene has a magnificent auditorium. The ceiling is decorated with Constantin Hansen's Nine Muses. Sculptures of two of Denmark's most famous playwrights decorate the entrance: Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754) was sculpted by T. Stein in 1875 and Adam Oehlenschläger (1799-1850) made by H.W. Bissen in 1861. In 1929-31 the Ny Scene was built in a separate building, the controversial, art deco Strekassen. The ticket office is open from 1p to 8p, Monday to Saturday. Leftover tickets are sold at half price from 5p on the evening of the performance.
The Copenhagen Opera House with its neo-futuristic architecture makes for an enigmatic building along the city's sparkling harborfront. One of the most modernly-clad opera houses in the world, this stately venue packs in fourteen stories of awe-inspiring design in its gigantic space. Designed by native architect Henning Larsen, the opera house comprises of one striking feature after another. From secret subterranean floors and foyers swathed in Sicilian marble, to ceilings gilded with 24 carat gold leaves, the opera house is a fine example of modern-day opulence. The prime highlight of the opera house remains the star-studded main auditorium, which holds an audience of 1400 in its rich surrounds.
Teatermuseet i Hofteatret is an enticing museum that hosts a huge collection of artifacts, photographs, drawings, paintings, engravings, costumes, set models and other exhibits that reveal history of theater in the region. A visit to the museum is an amazing way to find out how theater, music, ballets and other cultural activities developed in the country.
Resting amid the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager, Copenhagen packs in a dollop of effortless Danish charm with a zest for culture, innovation, and design. The city's high ranking on the World Happiness Index is not merely a coincidence, given that Copenhagen knows how to party, practice meticulousness, rein in adventure, and pursue a relaxed life, all in equal measure. It also helps that this vibrant Nordic city is home to a medley of gardens, historic palaces, splendid beaches, well-preserved museums, art repositories, and a thriving sunlit harbor. From the fanciful Tivoli and the soft-hued form of Nyhavn, to cobbled bike-friendly streets and the regal Rosenborg Castle, the city offers a veritable platter of attractions to the curious traveler. Home to the most number of Michelin starred restaurants present in the whole of Scandinavia, Copenhagen's gastronomy combined with its high spirited fervor with respect to liquor makes it an ideal destination for party hoppers.
Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square) is at the heart of Copenhagen. Here, you'll find the Town Hall and the house of Politiken, where neon signs provide the passers-by with news from all over the world. The Scandic Palace Hotel, outdoor restaurants, newspaper stands and the famous Danish plsevogne (hot dog stands) are all in the vicinity. Rådhuspladsen is an important social meeting point, and a magnificent place to watch the Tivoli fireworks. The square was originally built in the shape of a shell, based on one of the squares in the Italian town of Siena.
Dagmar originally contained theater stages but is now a large cinema complex, right by Rådhuspladsen (the Town Hall Square). After having been refurbished, the cinema now consists of five theaters; next to the entrance a café helps to create a cozy atmosphere. The repertoire of the cinema aims mainly at a mature audience, with quality movies but no 'small' films. In the area there are several mainstream cinemas, amongst them Imperial and Palads.
Gloria is a small cinema on Rådhuspladsen (the Town Hall Square) in the center of Copenhagen. Founded in 1995, it has only one screen, therefore the quality of the films are more important than the luxury of the seats. Gloria's repertoire consists of quality films for audiences that want to enjoy a little more than dumb entertainment.