The Cisterns Copenhagen

Image by Sigrid Sturlason

The Cisterns – The old water reservoir

Step underground into a Copenhagen time capsule. This old water reservoir was established shortly after a cholera epidemic in 1853 had wiped out a great number of the city’s residents, mostly due to infected waters in the many misheld wells throughout the city. The Cisterns then played an important role in enhancing the drinking water and public health. It was built on top of the hill across from Frederiksberg Palace in order to achieve sufficient water pressure for the new tall town houses in Copenhagen.

The Cisterns ceased to function as water reservoirs in 1933 and are now an underground exhibition space showcasing art installations based on the very special properties of the space.

This season, the exhibition ‘It’s not the end of the world’ takes you to a probable near future – but you’ll need to change into rubber boots before proceeding past the entrance…

I, myself, haven’t yet visited the exhibition, but I know it’s gained public attention throughout the cultural scene as the discussion on climate change proceeds to have enormous momentum. This exhibition supposedly provokes and provides food for thought.

You might have to wait to enter on weekends, so I recommend going there early or late, while the art space encourages to bring your own rubber boots if possible.

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Details about this spot



Søndermarken, Copenhagen

Telephone number


Opening Times

Tue - Sun 11:00 - 15:00


Entrance ticket: DKK 60


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)