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From its prominent site up on a rock in the city’s harbour, the Little Mermaid statue has been welcoming visitors to Copenhagen for over a century. The statue has become synonymous with the city, providing endless photo opportunities.
The Little Mermaid is the title of a short story written by celebrated Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen who lived in Copenhagen in the 1800s. This tale of unrequited love tells the story of a young mermaid who agrees to give her voice to a witch in return for a pair of legs so she can leave the ocean and live on land and marry the prince she loves. When the prince decides to marry a princess instead, the mermaid is offered the chance to break the spell by killing the prince. She refuses to kill the man she loves and is left on dry land unable to return to her home in the sea. The statue standing here today is a depiction of the character from the story.
The statue is located at the end of the Langeline promenade that runs alongside the harbour. The promenade is also the perfect place to sit and watch the ships gliding in and out of the harbour. On the other side of the harbour is a park, which is a great place to relax and enjoy a picnic.
The statue has been a mainstay here for over a century but still manages to generate headlines, although not always for the right reasons. The statue has suffered a series of attacks over the years. It has been decapitated more than once and in 2003, was actually blown from its position on the rocks using explosives. Because of this abuse, the statue is starting to show signs of damage and you are therefore requested not to climb on it.
Situated in the city’s harbour, the Little Mermaid statue is easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. There is limited paid parking available at the harbour’s ferry terminal if you are coming by car.
Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Danish Playhouse, Amalienborg Palace, and Nyhavn. Frederik's Church and Copenhagen Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Kongens Nytorv Station is 8 minutes by foot and Christianshavn Station is 17 minutes.
Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Royal Danish Playhouse and Nyhavn. Amalienborg Palace and Kongens Nytorv are also within 10 minutes. Kongens Nytorv Station is 6 minutes by foot and Christianshavn Station is 16 minutes.
This family-friendly Copenhagen hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Workers Museum, Round Tower and Stroeget. Rosenborg Castle and University of Copenhagen are also within 15 minutes. Copenhagen Norreport Station is 7 minutes by foot and Nørreport Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from University of Copenhagen and Church of Our Lady. Stroeget and Torvehallerne are also within 10 minutes. Copenhagen Norreport Station and Nørreport Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kastellet, Little Mermaid and Danish National Gallery. Frederik's Church and Amalienborg Palace are also within 1 mile (2 km). Copenhagen Nordhavn Station is 11 minutes by foot and Copenhagen Osterport Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kongens Nytorv, Nyhavn, and Round Tower. Frederik's Church and Rosenborg Castle are also within 10 minutes. Kongens Nytorv Station is 7 minutes by foot and Nørreport Station is 13 minutes.
Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Danish National Gallery, Frederik's Church and Little Mermaid. Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace are also within 15 minutes. Copenhagen Osterport Station and Østerport Station are within a 2-minute walk.
Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tivoli Gardens and City Hall Square. Stroeget and Torvehallerne are also within 1 mi (2 km). Copenhagen Vesterport Station and Copenhagen Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.