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The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen

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Despite its small size, The Little Mermaid 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. Arrange your visit to The Little Mermaid and discover more family-friendly attractions in Copenhagen using our Copenhagen online tour itinerary planner.
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  • We had to search a little before we founf 'her' but it is nice to see it 'live'. It is smaller than I would have imagend but still worth a visit. Especially because it is a character of our famous...  more »
  • Walk along the waterside to the famous statue of the 'Little Mermaid' - a character from Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen; you have delightful views and interesting places to pass by - such as...  more »
  • Nice place to stroll around, especially for young lovers. Despite this heavy-metal lady giving the could shoulder to all spectators. During summer time the shoulder could be warmer!
  • This is the statue that I went to see immediately when I checked into my room. Near to the hotel as well, just a short walk of 20 min. The tiny little mermaid sits alone here... many people around talking photos. Enough space for everyone to enjoy the Little Mermaid indeed. Nice place to visit.
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