Once upon a time, a small statue was built that would capture the heart of the residents of Copenhagen. Perched upon a rock in the main harbor, The Little Mermaid is there to welcome all guests to the Danish capital. This sculpture has become an icon for the city and is one of the most popular photo opportunities with visitors. It is not uncommon to find a small crowd surrounding it on a sunny day.
The small bronze sculpture depicts a character from a famous Danish fairy tale, a sad story of unanswered love. A young mermaid convinces a witch to take her voice in exchange for legs so she can live on the shore with the prince she loves. When he decides to marry a princess instead, she refuses to kill him to break her spell so that she can return to the sea. The Little Mermaid was written by the famous author, Hans Christian Anderson, who lived in Copenhagen in the 1800s. Read the original short story before you visit Denmark for full appreciation.
To reach the statue, stroll down the picturesque Langelinie promenade, which stretches along the harbor and Langelinie Park. The promenade is one of the most relaxing walks in the city. Listen to the cawing seagulls and watch the ocean cruise ships as they pull in to dock. Bring lunch and make use of the picnic facilities in Langelinie Park to spend a few hours by the water.
Visitors are urged not to climb on the statue, as its exterior has suffered much damage over the past century. Several times the statue has been decapitated. In 2003 it was blown off the rock with explosives, quite a feat given it weighs over 380 pounds (175 kilograms).
The Little Mermaid is located near Copenhagen’s city center, and is easily reached on foot or by bike. The Østerport metro station is a short walk away. Those arriving by car will find parking at the harbor terminal for a fee.
Situated in the historical district, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kastellet and Little Mermaid. Danish National Gallery and Frederik's Church are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This family-friendly Copenhagen hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Royal Danish Playhouse, Nyhavn and Amalienborg Palace. Stroeget and Frederik's Church are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated in Copenhagen, this hostel is close to Tycho Brahe Planetarium, Tivoli Gardens and Stroeget. Also nearby are City Hall Square and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.
Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oksnehallen, Tivoli Gardens, and City Hall Square. Stroeget and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Design Museum Denmark, Danish National Gallery and Frederik's Church. Rosenborg Castle and Little Mermaid are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Gefion Fountain, Frederik's Church and Amalienborg Palace. Little Mermaid and Nyhavn are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Nyhavn - Amalienborg, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Gefion Fountain, Amalienborg Palace and Frederik's Church. Little Mermaid and Nyhavn are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Rosenborg Castle Gardens, Rosenborg Castle and Round Tower. Stroeget and Nyhavn are also within 15 minutes.