The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen: Address, The Little Mermaid Reviews: 3.5/5

The Little Mermaid
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Born of a fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the statue incarnation of the Little Mermaid has watched over Copenhagen's harbor since 1913. In 2010, Den Lille Havfrue, as she is known in Danish, left her post to represent Denmark at the World's Fair in Shanghai.
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Neighborhood: Inner Oesterbro
Home to the largest number of embassies in Copenhagen, Inner Oesterbro has Østerbrogade and Nordre Frihavnsgade streets where shopping for clothes and modern Danish design is a must, particularly if you're not on at budget. There exists a great array of cafés and restaurants, from the reasonably priced to pricier Michelin ones. Fælledparken, one of the largest recreational areas in Denmark, is a park home to the Copenhagen Carnival as well as one of the world’s largest relay runs, with thousands of teams competing over several days.
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Court Goodwin
Workington, UK56 contributions
Feb 2022
When we told people we were going to Denmark (Copenhagen to be precise) every single person said "you have to go see the little mermaid"... so we knew we couldn't have a weekend in Copenhagen without making sure we did just that. We got the metro to a nearby station and walked to the statue, which was a lovely brisk walk! The area is a lovely placed filled with statues and old warehouses that have been converted into apartments and offices and is a lovely walk back up to Nyhavn. The statue itself... was a little underwhelming. I'm not sure if it's because of how many people said we needed to go and in some sense "bigged"it up to us but a lot of other statues and memorials we saw en-route to this were much more interesting and grand. It was definitely something to see when there and the walk made the whole experience. The actual "seeing" of the statue will take you about 30 seconds.
Written March 21, 2022
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Thebates22
Chester, UK1,621 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
Came here as my I remember my Dad talking about how he visited the little mermaid during during his National Service in the British Army in the mid to late 1950’s when he visited Denmark.

A great fairytale story by Hans Cristian Anderson… Unveiled on 1913, The Little Mermaid was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen (of the Carlsberg family) to the people of the city of Copenhagen. Apparently the sculpture which is made of bronze and granite has been decapitated 3 times over the years as protesters use her as a sounding board to get the ear of the Danish politicians.
Written September 16, 2021
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trishadepasquale
Weston, FL124 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Highly recommend seeing this statue early in the morning. There were very few people around when my husband and I saw the statue. It’s small, but something that needs to be seen while in Copenhagen! We took a boat tour of the city and one of the places it took us to was this statue. We were able to see the back side of it. By then, there was a small line of visitors waiting for their turns to take a photo with it.
Written January 12, 2020
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Amanda D
45 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
If you visit The Little Mermaid, don't access her by coach or even boat. Take a walk along the harbour front (you can walk through colourful Nyhaven) and see Copenhagen's bridges and expanse of sea and Industrial buildings. Walking past the Museum of Kunst (or Art) there are huge statues of Michelangio's David, and Queen Mary a regal African Queen. The weather is bracing in February but refreshing. After seeing the statue, which looks lovely and somehow appropriate with her Industrial backdrop (there was even an 'Ugly Duckling' swan nearby) we stopped in a restaurant bar around the corner which I can't remember the name of. It is just by the harbour and has the 'steampunk' statue of a man sitting on the bench looking out to sea. Food is expensive and doubtlessly the same quality is cheaper elsewhere, but we had a coffee inside looking at the very nice views. Worth a visit to the nearby (free) military fort and Churchill Park too. All a step back to another time.
Written February 20, 2020
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simply-peregrinating
Waddington, UK2,754 contributions
Sep 2019
It seems that every visitor to Copenhagen has to see the Little Mermaid statue, but in my humble opinion it is not a must see in the city. Yes it's pretty and charming situated on a rock in the water. I've been past the statue several times and have always seen at least a handful of people there, sometimes tens of people all angling to get their photo. If you visit it in the evening before sundown you have a chance of seeing it without the crowds.
Written August 17, 2020
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Sarny
Bexleyheath, UK279 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
When we decided to go to Copenhagen the only thing I'd heard of (until research with a guide book) was the Little Mermaid and I wanted to see it. It's quite hard to get a photo with the crowds but we managed. We got the train from Copenhagen Central Station to Osterport and then it was about a 7 minute walk - not well sign posted at all but we used Google Maps. I'm glad we went.
Written January 19, 2020
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Jennifer K
Dundalk, Ireland79 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
I've always wanted to see the little mermaid statue. It is a great tourist attraction with a beautiful walk where it is located.
However, it is not located near the city centre so it is a bit out of the way.
I would recommend coming to see it if you are visiting Copenhagen but it's not that exciting. The stories behind the statue itself are more entertaining.
If you arent interested in getting a photo up close with the little mermaid, I recommend just going on the canal tour which will bring you on a tour of many tourist attractions including the little mermaid.
Written October 7, 2021
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Roman Shopa
Lviv, Ukraine114 contributions
Dec 2019
Visited during the late evening of December 30th, but still spotted a bunch of tourists. Happily, not enought to make some nice photos. Was amused how organic the incineration plant looks on the backdrop.
Written November 5, 2020
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Whale_JW
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia78 contributions
Jun 2019
Well, I was warned that it might not worth the time to go so far to visit this life-sized Little Mermaid, I still spent my time visiting this statue though, since it seems to be a "must-do" for first visit to Denmark. As I was having some kind of tourist pass, I only could board some trains for free, so I walked quite some distance to reach to this place. I was quite surprised to see not too long queue when I reached there, probably because of the timing. Lo! The famous Little Mermaid! Bucket list checked, haha... The jetty around the area is quite nice too, worth having some strolls around there.
Written May 7, 2020
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manarch
Perth, Australia141 contributions
Dec 2019
Well, we were in Copenhagen. No, it's not large but is delicately beautiful, brilliantly sited, and definitely iconic, and absolutely worth the walk out there.

While you're there also walk around the Kastellet, have some lunch at Cafe Oscar on Bredgarde, and walk back to the city through Amelienborg and along the harbour.
Written January 12, 2020
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