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. Arrange your visit to The Little Mermaid and discover more family-friendly attractions in Copenhagen using our Copenhagen online tour itinerary planner.
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  • What a disapointing! Don’t understand why this is such a famous statue. Kopenhagen has so much more!  more »
  • I think for most people the little mermaid is a bit disappointing because indeed she is little...or small. Our hotel was very close to the mermaid so we passed her several times. But if you wanna see....  more »
  • Small statue which isn’t impressive at all. Really not worth your time to be honest. If you’re in the area take a short look but don’t go out of your way to visit it.  more »
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  • The little mermaid what a lot hype as being a must see place but it really isn’t much more than a tourist trap. I made the visit down in the cold of February hoping for something much for exciting than I got. The attraction is far from many other things but if you’re in the area I suppose might as well make the trip. The mermaid statue was much smaller than expected and there was a line of tourist to get a photograph with it. I think it’s a bit exaggerated in terms of how great it is and I wouldn’t go unless I’m seeing something else around, especially in the middle of winter.
  • It's a pretty good walk around here but the statue itself is really nothing special. We enjoyed it anyway, even in early January. The girl selling coffee was appreciated by many.
  • If the weather is nice, it's an enjoyable walk to get there if you feel compelled to take a photo. But otherwise it is not very spectacular. I can only imagine that in summer she is so swarmed by tourists that she probably wishes she could dive off her rock and swim away...😅
  • It is very calming to visit this place. We were lucky to come in the low season although not very lucky because it was raining. Anyway the small sculpture is very beautiful although the little mermaid has a sad story to tell. Read the tale from Hans Christian Andersen.
  • nice to see, but there should be emphasis on the 'little' in 'the little mermaid'. She's not huge and not actually all that impressive. But it was fine to finally see her. Worth seeing if you're in the area anyway

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