The Little Mermaid
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The Little Mermaid

Mathias Mølgaard
Mathias Mølgaard
June 28, 2024
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Laced with a captivating amalgamation of culture, history, and intriguing tales, Copenhagen offers more than just dazzling sights - a treasure trove for the curious souls. One such gem that reflects the city's spirit is The Little Mermaid, an emblem that gets you pondering, "What's the story behind this sight?"

What is the story behind The Little Mermaid?

H. C. Andersen, author of The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen is a captivating blend of art, literature, and local culture. This iconic bronze statue, perched on a rock by the Langelinie promenade, has symbolized Copenhagen since 1913. Her story begins with Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, who penned "The Little Mermaid" in 1837. The tale is about a young mermaid who dreams of living on land and marrying a human prince. She sacrifices her voice and endures great suffering, choosing love and selflessness over personal happiness.

Inspired by Andersen’s story and a ballet performance, Carl Jacobsen, the founder of Carlsberg Breweries, commissioned sculptor Edvard Eriksen to create the statue. Eriksen’s wife, Eline, modeled for the statue, with her graceful form embodying the mermaid.

Since her unveiling, the Little Mermaid has become a beloved symbol of Copenhagen, reflecting the city’s literary heritage and maritime history. Despite enduring acts of vandalism and political protest, she has been restored each time, standing resilient against the waves of history. Visitors from around the world are drawn to her, captivated by the silent story she tells—a tale as timeless and moving as the sea that surrounds her. If you'd like to learn more about the famed author, check out the H. C. Andersen tour in Copenhagen.

Why is The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen famous?

An artwork by Edvard Eriksen from 1913, The Little Mermaid isn't just another statue – it's the soul of Copenhagen. Her fame stems from her emotionally stirring tale of love and sacrifice, coupled with a historical richness that transcends her to an eternally iconic status in Copenhagen and beyond. Another thing that makes her famous is that she been the victim of vandalism several times. Twice she has lost her head, once the arm was sawn off, and multiple times she has had paint poured on her. It must be tough to be the center of attention like that!

How far is The Little Mermaid from Copenhagen?

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Located at Langelinie on Copenhagen's waterfront, The Little Mermaid is at the heart of the city, merely a picturesque and enjoyable 2.3 kilometre walk from the city centre, easily accessible via foot, bicycle, or public transportation.

Does The Little Mermaid take place in Copenhagen?

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Though Andersen's story unfolds in a mythical under-the-sea kingdom, Copenhagen nurtures this tale as its own. The story breathes life into the city, symbolizing the strive for a life unconquered by circumstances – much like the spirit of Copenhagen itself.

Make your Copenhagen Adventure truly immersive by experiencing the city through the strokes of history, legends and local insights. And what better way to do this than StoryHunt's app? We have passionately curated Copenhagen's Top Sights delivering self-guided audio walks that help you explore at your own pace.

To make your Copenhagen exploration even more engaging, don't miss out on the following sights related to The Little Mermaid's tale:

  1. The Hans Christian Andersen statue in King's Garden: Step into the world of Hans and experience a different dimension of his compelling narratives.
  2. Rosenborg Castle: A place to lose yourself in the grandeur of Danish royal history.
  3. Tivoli Gardens: A fairytale amusement park in the heart of Copenhagen where the charm of The Little Mermaid story comes alive.

With a promise of Good Food Copenhagen, captivating attractions, and enchanting tales shaping each corner, the city unfurls a unique experience every step of the way. Dive deeper into the real Copenhagen, beyond the tourist trails, and make "StoryHunt" your travel companion.

Get more out of Copenhagen

Want to learn about Copenhagen in a fun and engaging way? With StoryHunt you can go on guided audio walks in the city to learn more about your surroundings. It's easy, fun and flexible.

We have tours all over the city where you can learn a lot more about Denmark, Copenhagen and even H. C. Andersen.

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A short walk from the Little Mermaid, you'll find lots of other attractions. With Discover Copenhagen you'll get to know all the stories behind the main sites in just a couple of hours – all at your own pace and when you want.

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Opening hours and directions

Openings hours for (updated today)
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
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Learn more with a self-guided tour...

Discover Copenhagen

Learn more with a self-guided tour

A short walk from the Little Mermaid, you'll find lots of other attractions. With Discover Copenhagen you'll get to know all the stories behind the main sites in just a couple of hours – all at your own pace and when you want.

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Discover Copenhagen

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Stroll through the center of lovely Copenhagen and discover its greatest sights.

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