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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. 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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  • I decided to go have a look at this and was very disappointed. It is tiny and a fair walk. Why is it so famous and a big tourist attraction?! 
    I decided to go have a look at this and was very disappointed. It is tiny and a fair walk. Why is it so famous and a big tourist attraction?!  more »
  • The symbol of Copenhagen, but so much smaller than expected. Still very much worth the walk - excellent for some pictures! Quite romantic story... 
    The symbol of Copenhagen, but so much smaller than expected. Still very much worth the walk - excellent for some pictures! Quite romantic story...  more »
  • Wonderful little iconic mermaid that is known worldwide. Great spot for photos from most angles. Not too many people there when we visited. 
    Wonderful little iconic mermaid that is known worldwide. Great spot for photos from most angles. Not too many people there when we visited.  more »
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  • Copenhagen is a lovely city and no stay is complete without seeing the little mermaid. I was surprised by its location and size. I stayed the city centre and hailed a taxi to the site since it is a 40 minute walk. I walked back along the waterside and visited Nyhavn which was delightful and saw the cathedral. I would highly recommend.
  • Not much to say about it, it looks nice though, but honestly not that exciting. It is good that there is a little story behind the statue, that gives it a bit more background information. Nevertheless, it is worth walking there when in Copenhagen. The walk is nice, there are many people and it is next to the water. It's part of the whole Copenhagen experience
  • Nice statue in a nice spot. Gets quite busy when one of the hop-on hop-off tourist buses pulls up nearby. Views across the water to the combined power station / hiking hill / artificial ski slope.
  • Over glorified Statue! Very popular tourist destination about 25 min walk from the main city centre (accessible by Bus). pleasant walk along the river in nice weather. Although just a statue with a story like many of the other beautiful statues in Copenhagen, still would recommend the visit just to "tick it off the list." There is a notice board you can read with additional information and surrounding shops and cafés for refreshments.
  • Location is just Cool and pleasant to take walk with loved ones. Statue isn’t big but the history behind it is captivating. Industries and wind mills behind the statue will increase the beauty even more attractive. Easily can spend 1 to 2 hours just enjoying the climate.

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