One of Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attractions is the statue of the Little Mermaid, based on the tale by Hans Christian Anderson. Many tourists seeing the statue for the first time will be a bit surprised by the small size of the statue, being only 1.25 meters high and weighing around 175 kilograms, as well as it’s unassuming placement, on the rocky shore just north of Copenhagen’s city center.
Carl Jacobsen, the founder of the Carlsberg brewery, who had quite an influence on Copenhagen’s cultural transformation, was so moved upon seeing the ballet, ‘The Little Mermaid’, that he commissioned the creation of the statue, which was completed in 1913. The tale, which became much more popular and well known once Disney made the story into a major film.
The statue went on it’s first journey outside of Copenhagen from May through October when it was taken to Shanghai to be part of the Expo 2010.
While the statue is typically surrounded by a throng of tourists climbing over the rocks to get their pictures taken, the walk or short bike ride to the statue’s resting place in Langelinje is worth the trek. Also located right near the Little Mermaid is Saint Alban’s Anglican Church which is also looks as though it is straight out of a fairytale.