The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), Copenhagen

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Despite its small size, The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue) 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. Our Copenhagen online tour itinerary planner makes visiting The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue) and other Copenhagen attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue) Reviews
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  • The statue is nice but very over-hyped as it's really small and it takes quite some effort to reach. Keep in mind that many and many buses come here for just the statue and all these people want to ta...  more »
  • We really liked our visit to little mermaid. It was easy for us to go there because we used our hop on hop off bus. Is one of the most important monuments of Copenhagen and the most photographed.  more »
  • I love the little mermaid and have been waiting to see this for a long time. Luckily it was not crowded at all, being an off peak season. I definitely recommend it!  more »
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  • Took awhile to walk to the statue from central station but there are lots of ways to get to here (buses and etc) other than walking. The long walk was worth it though, passed through some pretty lovely places. The statue is beautiful, and if you get the right angle makes for a cool photo with the sea/canal in the background. Lots of tourist/visitors around but it’s to be expected. There are toilets nearby and refreshments so no need to worry about being far away from any amenities.
  • Interesting story on a plaque nearby. Very small and widely considered to be the most overrated thing in Europe. I can see why. I like the story of the statue but the statue is boring. Too small. Overrun with tourists which is usually a good sign for attractions but all of these things take away from the experience. I read about the little mermaid before I went to see it so I was prepared so I wasn't too disappointed. I knew what to expect. I would advise people to have this on their list of things to see but keep it near the bottom as a "if we have some time leftover" kind of thing. Definitely don't go out of your way to see it.
  • The statue of the Little Mermaid is based on the story by Denmark’s Hans Christian Andersen. The statue is smaller than I expected and extremely popular but definitely still worth seeing because of its notoriety. Plenty of places to sit by the water and enjoy a nice day. There’s a place selling ice cream and also toilets not too far away.
  • Most popular and as someone else mentioned, the most photographed statue in Copenhagen and probably beyond. This piece of metal seems to attract a lot many people, mainly tourists. Good place for a catch up with friends. Make shift coffee carts visible. No entry fee. Ample parking space available close by. Must see icon.
  • Please like if my review helps👍 The little mermaid has become such an iconic figure that visiting her is a must, however the figure is quite small and a little bit of a disappointment in that respect. The walk we took to get there is however very picturesque and interesting and so the whole experience is worth any effort. Plenty going on and very very busy with other tourists.
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