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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. With our online itinerary creator, Copenhagen attractions like The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue) 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 Royal Palace, walking for 20 minutes along the darsena, cross the Kastellet passing the beautiful Gefion fountain and you reach the universal symbol of the city. Recommended to visit it in the late afternoon to avoid the sun light and rowdy groups of cruise ships. The small bronze statue (about 1.3 m) is located right at the entrance of the Harbour, romantic and melancholic in its expressiveness, was created by sculptor Edvard Eriksen in 1913 on Commission of the patron Brewer Carl Jacobsen. Symbolizes the star of the famous fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen that turns its mournful eyes to the depth of the sea. Not a masterpiece of art history but the attention to detail of the face, eyes and body (it is not easy to perceive these details in the middle of the huddle) make it a must for a tourist.
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  • We made a ship round trip, that's something you should really do to explore Copenhagen, but do not expect anything from the little very very little mermaid, I cannot understand what memorable about he...  more »
  • Small over rated statue- just view from a boat tour! Hoards of people visit though & is on a nice walk 
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  • They say it's the icon of Denmark, but this statue is so small it usually deceives anyone who's coming to see it. If this is your first time in Denmark, yeah, you probably need to take a picture with the statue, otherwise skip it. To go here it's easiest going with public transport to Østerport st and walk a little bit, or take the 26 bus from Kongens Nytorv to Langelinie.
  • If you go there on a sunny day the views will be wonderful and relaxing. See the small statue, take photos-- lots of them as it's really gorgeous there. If there aren't too many tourists queuing to get right up to the maiden for a shot, you may want to try one too. After that, the joy is to sit and relax or walk along the water's edge. There is a small ice cream shop--treat yourself to one of the many flavours on offer. If you want to buy a statuette of the mermaid for home, buy it at the ice cream shop as it's 35% cheaper than the small stalls selling it close to the mermaid. After this, walk over to the Kastellet--site of an old fort. Don't ask Google Maps to show you the way, as it takes you round on a 1km+ circuitous route instead of across a bridge which is close to the mermaid's location.
  • Too small :-) But nice atmosphere. There is a description, but partly deleted by fingers of visitors, who follow the text on the text board.
  • Ok to see since it's famous but don't expect too much. Usually better to visit in the mornings as there are fewer tourists.
  • Denmark is awesome. This statue lost its head 3 times already. It seems that the original one was never recovered, but it's restored. You don't even notice it. I think it's nice to come and visit the place.