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The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen

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Despite its small size, The Little Mermaid serves as one of the city's major symbols. Based on the well-known fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this unimposing bronze mermaid is the work of sculptor Edvard Eriksen. Commissioned by Danish beer baron Carl Jacobsen in 1909, the artist modeled the mermaid's face after ballerina Ellen Price and the body after his wife's. The statue miraculously survived the destructive forces of World War II undamaged, becoming a kind of city mascot over the years. With our online itinerary creator, Copenhagen attractions like The Little Mermaid can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The Little Mermaid is one of the most popular landmarks in Denmark, but I still don't know why, especially when there are so many statues, architecture, harbors, castles, and gardens to see in Copenha...  more »
  • The best part of this attraction was my preceding stop, Kastellet, the old city fortification with a nice windmill and pretty stroll. The Little Mermaid statue is very small, and there's not much to s...  more »
  • I think I visited the Little Mermaid but the truth is I couldn't get near firstly the tour buses and the hundreds of tourists who had disgorged from the buses and cruise ships. I tried to fight my way...  more »
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  • This iconic Copenhagen landmark can indeed be underwhelming if you are not privy to the original Hans Christian Andersen story, or the story behind the sculptor who modeled this figure after his wife. It's true, you'll have to wait for an opportune time to take a photo with, or of the statue. That's part of the challenge when going to a tourist destination! The surrounding park is beautiful, you can rent bikes nearby, the marina is close... and on a clear day - it's simply breathtaking. This is undeniably a must-see for those Copenhagen visitors who haven't seen it previously.
  • The Little Mermaid that draws millions of tourists from all the world, I think throughout the year as well. On a rock, to take pictures, you really got to wait and then quickly snap and clear the space for the rest. Bountiful beauty, looking at the mermaid somehow will bring a big smile on your face. whatever reason known to you. Thereafter you can walk around the well maintained green luscious garden and perhaps cruise down.
  • One of the must go places in Copenhagen. There's a souvenir selling cart right next to it, the little mermaid mini statue (Kr.75) they selling are pretty nice. Glad I got one cos I weren't able to find the exact same one in those souvenir shops.
  • Those of you who have given it bad ratings clearly have not read the story. Without it, it's just a small, worn out statue. But if you've read the original by Hans Christian Andersen, this statue is downright magical. I suggest going only if you are a fan or if you've got nothing better to do. Otherwise, you won't understand it.
  • Beautifully crafted sculpture! Amazing location near the sea and a garden. Very less crowd of tourists. No peddlers on the street. Very peaceful, and must see!