Little mermaid, Copenhagen
Favorite thing: The brewer Carl Jacobsen visited the show of the Ballett "The Little Mermaid" at the Royal Theatre in 1909. One of the dancers, Ellen Price, impressed him a lot. After the show Jacobsen asked her whether she would pose for a sculptor. She was fascinated and agreed. The sculptor was Edvard Erichsens. When Ellen Price found out that she should pose nude she wanted to reject the agreement. Edvard Erichsen used her face for the sculptor and let his wife pose for the body. In August 23, 1913, the statue was placed at its current location in the harbour district.
Favorite thing: Beautiful girl at sea, the name is Den Lille Havfrue statueOne thing very funny was, local people in Copenhagen never understand what you talking about when metioning Little Mermaid statue, that's why I need 2 hours to get there.
I could put this tip under tourist traps, but I decided not to. When you visit Copenhagen, try and see the the statue the locals call Den Lille Havfrue, the Little Mermaid, based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. When I was a little girl I wanted to be a mermaid (and I don't swim, go figure), so seeing this statue was the one thing I just had to see.
Fondest memory: We spent the day walking all over the city, working our way upwards towards the famed statue. When we finally made it, there were hordes of people and a bunch of tour buses crowding the place. I didn't care. I made my way out onto the rocks (the statue is actually offshore a little) and posed for a quick little picture, and then took a couple just of her. My trip to Copenhagen was complete.
Favorite thing: When you think of Copenhagen, your mind will come up with the Little Mermaid!!! However, don't be disappointed about the size of the statue. (Frankly speaking I did!) But it's so cute. It was a pity that somebody took the neck of this statue several years ago!!! Some crazy mermaid-lover??? Well, so they had to made a new face for the Mermaid.... But never mind, it has exactly same look like before.
see the little mermaid :-))) we walked a long way just to see her and there she was so small...some crazy person decapitated her for fun!
Fondest memory: what i missed? little mermaid? :-) the wonderful atmosphere...the people..they are so responsible and concern about the environment!
Before going to Copenhagen everybody I talked to told me that they had loved the city but the mermaid was a disapointment. Ok, it may be smaller than we think but that's no reason to criticise her. I think it is worth to see it. The only thing i could think about after I saw it was that it must be so sad to wait for something that will never come back... ok, i have to face, I got a little carried away by the story... but it's such a pretty story.
See it if you can but not on a cruise, you'll end up not seeing her at all because the boat doesn't go near her and as I said, it's a little small.