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The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue)
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Small-Group Walking Tour of Copenhagen
Ranked #46 of 352 things to do in Copenhagen
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Owner description: 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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“A must!”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

In Copenhagen? Go here, nice walk and a hot cup of cocoa from Købenkaffe (mobile coffee kiosk) the lovely air hostess will fix you up with a hot cuppa.

Visited March 2013
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“It's alright...”
Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Had the chance to see her when it wasn't that busy so it was good for pictures and all. It's quite a long walk from the city but it was good to see it. Although I think it's overrated. I did enjoy walking around Kastellet.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“only the strong survive”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

The attacks started years ago, crimes of unspeakable cruelty. In 1998, they cut off the 85-year-old handicapped woman's head. It wasn't the first time, either. Friends resurrected her, and helped her back onto her favorite rock. On September 11, 2003, there was another attempt on her life. This time, the cowards used dynamite to blow her away. She was found floating off Langelinie Quay, face down. Still she survived. She's been beheaded twice, had her right arm sawn off, and suffered innumerable dousings with paint, yet she poses patiently daily for hundreds of tourists.
The victim: Copenhagen's famed Little Mermaid. Sculptor Edvard Eriksen modeled the topless, girl-sized bronze after his wife Eline, and ballerina Ellen Price, in 1909. As far as we know, Eline and Ellen did not have fins. After four years - perhaps the girls wouldn't sit still - the statue was placed on a rock in Copenhagen's harbor. It was a bust bought with beer money. Ballerina booster Carl Jacobsen, founder of Copenhagen's Carlsberg brewery, who was rather taken with Ellen, wrote the check.
In Hans Christian Andersen's 1836 tale, the Little Mermaid saves the life of a shipwrecked prince and makes a deal to become human so they can wed. This sets her back her voice and tail, and she will endure pain with every step, forever. Plus, there will be disadvantages.
So far, your average marriage. You ain't seen nothin' yet. If the fickle prince weds another (he does, the lout) the finny female becomes foam, and disappears forever. Frankly, you don't need "Dear Abby" to sense a dysfunctional relationship coming on here. Imagine her letter: "Abby, I'm a cetacean--that's a big headed fish--and I fell for this sailor. Now I'm invisible. Any ideas? Sign me, All wet in DK."
Over a million tourists a year trek here to see the naked maid. Maybe they're sorry for a girl who had the misfortune to live before there were helpful newspaper columnists to sort out her fishy love life. Perhaps they're just finny voyeurs. I rather doubt it--there are more sex shops in Copenhagen than grocery stores. In any case, only Disney has made more kroner on this frail siren than the Danes.
"She's so - little!" is always the reaction when pilgrims arrive at the waterside viewing area, a shady, tree lined concourse called Langelinie Quay, quite peaceful in between busloads of Japanese tourists. The statue is about the size you'd expect your average weight watching mermaid to be in real life. In 1961 a chaste admirer dressed the little sea princess in bra and panties, then painted her hair red. (Usually she wears an algae bra.) In 1963 she was painted all red. In 1964 she was decapitated for the first time. Two drunks sawed off her right arm in 1984, then turned themselves, and the arm, in to police the following day. In 1990 a lazy decapitator gave up halfway through. 1998's headhunter was successful. The explosives were a novel twist. The donkeys at "Jack--s" did the sort of things you would expect.
In Hans Christian Andersen's tale, the Little Mermaid's granny tells her "Pride must suffer pain." I don't think this was quite what Grandmother had in mind.

Visited March 2013
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“You have to visit her...”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

I couldn't leave Copenhagen without seeing their famous lady. As everyone said, it is a long, long walk outside of the city. I thought I would never get to her. Finally she appeared in the distance. Just her, nothing else around her. I am still glad I went to see her. I think she is worth seeing.

Visited February 2013
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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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“Expected high, but highly disappointed just after seeing it”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

I read about the little mermaid in my childhood, so I was extremely excited to see it. When I arrived there, it was very difficult to find out exactly where it is located. After seeing it, I was extremely disappointed. I expected something special just like the fairy tale or described in the book. But it is nothing special, just a ordinary statue that is not clearly visible. I wanted to rate it as 'Average', but if I rate it as 'Average', it would be injustice for other statues around the globe.

It is very easy accessible from Copenhagen Central bus or train station. The nearest train station is Østerport. You can come here by Bus 26, the nearest stoppage is Indiakaj, but if you ask the driver, he/she will help you to get down at the appropriate place.

Visited April 2012
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