Yesterday I had a date with A-C@To See a World in a Grain of Sand in Copenhagen. We try to have a date a couple of times per year and for this date she suggested that we should visit the “Cisternern” (The Cisterns) in one of the beautiful suburb areas surrounding Copenhagen, Frederiksberg
I read very split comments about the Cistrens on TripAdvisor, say it wasn’t worth the detour from the Copenhagen. I tell you it was worth the nearly 2 hours travel from Sweden.
Buried deep beneath Søndermarken Park’s beautiful green grass in the Frederiksberg area of Copenhagen is a massive underground space, where daylight never reaches.
I had never heard about it before, so I of course use Google to find out more and it looked very inserting. The Cisterns, the former water reservoir beneath the green grass of Søndermarken park in Frederiksberg.
A little more modern version of the famous Basilica Cistern in Istanbul. Basilica Cistern was built in 476 and the Cisternerne was finished in 1859, it only took 3 years to complete.
1933 the Cisternerne stop providing Copenhagen with drinking water and they were finally drained in 1981. It could hold as much as 16 million liters of clean water.
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.
Once the spacious venue was the city’s cisterns filled with 16 million liters of drinking water, but now the water is gone and has been replaced by art exhibitions and various events about the architecture and unique climate.
Throughout 2015 the water return to the Cisterns, that has 4.320 square meter underground space.
We took our time down under and our cameras was struggling because of the darkness, Oscar got lens problem all the time – but both A-C manage to get some good images.
Down in “The Citrens” it was so peaceful, no voices or noise, only the sound for the water and the well directed lights No stress .. everyone walked very slow through the citrens. It was very cathedral like.
After our 1,5 hour down below it was time for toilet visit and a good lunch. I had read about this little cozy little restaurant that was on the edge of the park with traditional Danish cuisine. Bjaelkehuset.
It was very easy to find and with the lovely warm water, even if we didn’t have any direct sunshine, we were able to eat outside. Really nice place with checked table cloths and very friendly service. During our lunch we found out that our waiter also was the owner of the place and Swedish. He lived in Denmark since 1997.
A-C had a Danish Frukost (Lunch) platter … with different lovely toppings to make her own ” smørrebrød” – Dansih open sandwiches and I took the opeturinty to delight myself with a very typical and traditional dish, calf liver with bacon. I can’t remember when I saw calf liver on a menu last time.
Of course we had Danish iced snaps to go with out delights.
After lunch we decided to walk the full park and it’s a big park. We met many puppies and dogs, baby prams and joggers. When we arrived to the park their was some mother fitness classes going on in one of the parts of the park. People enjoyed just the beautiful surrounding and one man took his lunch nap on the edge of the park’s fountain. The sun came out at times. We also meet a young couple together with their photographer, we guess, it was going to be a photo session for an engagement photo.
Started to make our way back to Valby Station for the commuter train back to Copenhagen Central station for our train back to were we come from, but also … for a good cappuccino and a Kartoffelkage (Potato cake). You can’t visit Denmark without spoiling yourself with the probably best cake on earth. *smile
Thank you, A-C, for a lovey day in daylight and darkness …. a day that was one big moment of peace.
“Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.”