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 was over rated in my view and while the Hop on Hop off bus made it a photo stop, it was not a must see or a must get a photo of opportunity. In effect, it was just a statue of a sma...  more »
  • Very VERY busy, difficult to get a photo without tourists in the way. Shame about the incinerator in the background as well! If you stay up on the little balcony instead of going onto the stones you w...  more »
  • First stop in Copenhagen! I don't know what I expected, but it certainly wasn't this. A tiny statuette and among other things on a rock surrounded by a stinking slime ... sadness. call it the symbol of Copenhagen seems to as excessive!
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  • The Little Mermaid was fun to see. All the locals that I spoke with about it don't seem to think it is a big deal to see. But as a tourist it is one of the main attractions in Copenhagen. We did the boat tour and saw the back side of her, but had to go back to get a better look. If your on vacation it is fun to see. You can also walk down from there into the city and there is a lot to see on the way.
  • The Little Mermaid statue was pretty cool to see. Nice scenic area. We biked to the statue and it was very pretty. We went later in the afternoon and a lot of people were there. So it was hard to get a pic without another tourist hanging off her. So I would try earlier in the day.
  • 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.
  • Given it's size, I think that this 1913 statue is a little overrated, hence I wouldn't make it my first destination when visiting Copenhagen. However, if you happen to be in town anyways, do take a northbound walk along the water, past Ofelia beach, until you reach this statue by foot. Getting a good picture from land without tourists in the way will be hard, but it's possible. Even better, try to find a seat on the nearby benches from where you can look at the struggle for the best selfie unfold below you...

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