We Visited The Copenhagen Mermaid – The Little Mermaid Statue

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One of the highlights of our recent family vacation was getting to visit the Copenhagen Mermaid… better known as the Little Mermaid statue. This iconic tourist spot was packed with guests but worth the wait because our children are all such huge fans of the mythical creature. 

We Visited The Copenhagen Mermaid – The Little Mermaid Statue

During our tour around Denmark, we learned that this statue has been disfigured several times throughout history. So, this isn’t QUITE the original. Parts of it have been replaced over time, but she is resilient nevertheless!

I didn’t have many expectations about what I would find, but I must admit that I did find the Copenhagen Mermaid quite striking. Simple and beautifully stated.

I’ve seen many different variations of this story – not only Disney’s interpretation. The original is actually a bit darker than what our children are accustomed to thanks to Walt. So, to see a little sadness in her face – as subtle as it was – felt right for me personally. I’m not sure if anyone else noticed, but The Little Mermaid statue shows longing and maybe even a touch of regret?

In the original story, doesn’t she lose her sisters because they turned to seafoam while trying to save her? Is my memory serving me correctly here? I need to reread that one.

Related: How To Draw The Little Mermaid

the little mermaid statue

Like I said, the children just saw the Copenhagen Mermaid – the infamous beauty! I felt like I was truly looking at a piece of art that had a lot more to say. Just like most women we all know – carrying just a bit more than we can hold. I really loved it.

the little mermaid statue

We paid for a hop-on / hop-off bus and a stop was actually named The Little Mermaid Statue – so it was pretty easy to find. But if you don’t decide to pay for one of those buses … just ask around. Everyone speaks English in Copenhagen and I don’t mean that figurately. This was a very, VERY easy trip to take with the kids. I truly hope you consider it.

I have a lot more to say and share about our time in this city. For now, here’s the highlight – GO!

copenhagen mermaid

The Little Mermaid statue is made out of bronze and was created by Edvard Eriksen. You can find her perched on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is 4.1 ft tall and weighs 385 lb. In case you are wondering, she has traveled once or twice before. So, this isn’t the only place she’s known.

You can actually find a replica of her at the airport once you land in Copenhagen! Be on the lookout for her – a much smaller scale.

copenhagen mermaid

Hopefully, people will leave her alone!! She’s been spray painted, damaged and dented, and even had her head removed! YIKES! The Copenhagen Mermaid is based on Danish author Hans Christian Andersen’s original works.

The original Little Mermaid statue was unveiled in 1913. A true iconic piece for the area. Have you seen her before? What did you think?

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