Langelinie is a pier, promenade and park in central Copenhagen, and also the home of the statue of The Little Mermaid.
I much prefer the Park to the Little Mermaid, infact, I thought it a very nice place to be. The sun was shining, there were plenty of pathways, and esplanade, views of the water, the Marina full of yachts, Playgrounds, fountains, food vendors and people just out for a walk in the sunshine.
A very pleasant area of Copenhagen.
Located at Langelinie are more than one Memorial.
The one that is easiest to see, is the tall column standing beside the Harbour, with an Angel on top.
This was erected in memory of all the Sailors who lost their lives at sea.
Another one with an Angel on top of a sculpture of men at work, was in rememberance to all those who lost their lives working on the docks.
The last is of Princess Marie, the eldest child of Robert, Duke & Princess of Chartres.
On the pier at Langelinie, a few 100 metres from "The Little Mermaid," is a much bigger Mermaid and the one I like the best.
This is the "big/older sister" to Little Mermaid, sculptured by Danish artist, Bjorn Norgaard in a post-modern interpretation of "the little mermaid."
Did you know that, I didn't!
Of course I knew of the famous "Little Mermaid" that sits on a granite boulder on the shore of Langelinie. Impressive - NO!% ...... ...Small - YES!
The bronze Statue from 1913 was originally a gift to the city. More interesting, is Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale of the same name, a story about the unhappy mermaid who wished to come ashore.
The statue was inspired by ballerina Ellen Price, who in 1909 danced the lead role in the ballet "The Little Mermaid at the Royal Theatre."
Every year on 23 August The Little Mermaids birthday is celebrated. In 2013 she will be 100 years.
Vandals seem to love de-facing her. Over time, she has lost her head, arm, and been painted over, aand each time has been restored to how she was.
We were at Langelinie Pier to catch a Cruise ship. On our return, I noticed this large Sculpture done in bronze of a Polar Bear and its cubs on a piece of ice.
Put here in 1937, it was a gift of the harbor authorities and symbolizes Greenland, Denmark's Northernmost part.
Have a look at the Polar Bear's head, and see if you can find the bullet holes in the head, made by a German soldier under the Occupation of Denmark.
Langelinie is a popular promenade that runs in front of the Kastellet, from the harbour to the city streets. The area is popular with walkers, and visitors to the world famous Little Mermaid statue, as well as being a drop-off point for most cruise ships entering the harbour. It's a pleasant area, although the view is somewhat spoiled by the heavy industry on the far side of the water.
On the way to the Little Mermaid you will pass by the pompous Gifon Fountain. This represents the Nordic Goddess Gefion who turned her four sons into oxen using them to pull off a piece of Swedish land which she then threw into the sea, creating the island of Zealand.... so the myth;-)))
Rent a bicycle or take a long walk from Nyhavn to Langelinie, and make many stops. Go to the harbour-end of Nyhavn, and turn left on Kvæsthusgade.
Walk or ride past the Admiral hotel to Amaliehaven in front of the royal castle. Further along the waterfront you get to Kastellet, and the Churchill Park. Continue past The little Mermaid and round, along the marina. Then you enter the quay of the cruiseships, at the end of which you can buy an oldfashioned ice cream cone.
Enjoy this with a view of Trekroner island, and head back.
The nicest way to get to the Little Mermaid statue is to walk from Amalienborg, along the harbourfront esplanade. The path takes you through the grounds of an old fortress (Kastellet) and Churchillparken, with its Anglican Church, St Albans. The area around the church is beautiful and looks exactly like a scene from our Sussex villages here at home.
Further along the path is a wonderful sand sculpture of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, by Peter Busch-Jensen. It's encased in perspex to preserve it and the detail is marvellous. Unfortunately, the only information I could find on the internet is in Danish (http://www.bt.dk/article/20040429/ROYALT/104290083/1349) and I can't translate it, but I assume it was created to commemorate their marriage.
Further along the path, you come to Copenhagen's most famous sight - the Little Mermaid. I was surprised at how small it is but nobody can visit Copenhagen without getting a photo of it.
At the end of the path is the cruise ship terminal and from beside the bear statue, you can catch one of the frequent boats back to the city centre.
Harbour atmosphere can be enjoyed at the piers of Kvaestusbroen and Langelinie, which are connected by a nice harbour promenade. On the waterfront many upscale residental buildings, old warehouses, shops and restaurants are worth seeing.
This is a monument which commemorates another overseas link - in Scandinavian mythology the Swedish King offered the goddess Gefion as much land she could plough in a single evening. The myth notes she turned her four sons into powerful oxen and ploughed an area of land that is now present day Zealand.
The bronze statue depicts Gefion and her oxen.
The Gefion Fountain is one of the largest monuments in Copenhagen. It was created in 1908. The Gefion Fountain represents an ancient legend telling how Zealand (the isle where Copenhagen is located) was created. The legend says that the goddess Gefion was given permission by the Swedish King Gylfe to plow an area in Sweden, and the land she managed to plow within one day and one night, she could use in any way she wanted. In order to get the most out of the opportunity she turned her four sons into oxen and put them in front of a great plough, and off they went. After that one day and one night was over, they had managed to get the earth needed to create the island of Zealand in its present size. Where the earth was taken, the lake Vänern lies today. All the earth Gefion put into Øresund, and lo and behold: Zealand rose out of the sound*
The official name is 'Gefion'. According to an ancient legend, Gefion was the goddess who ploughed the island of Zealand out of Sweden. The Swedish king Gylfe offered the goddess Gefion as much land as she was capable of ploughing within one day and one night. Gefion was only helped by four oxen. She transformed her four sons into im- mensely powerful oxen and had them plough so deeply in the Ground that they raised the land and pulled it into the sea. This is how the island of Zealand was created.
Have your picture taken on top of the Gefion Fountain, near Churchillparken. This baroque monument gives an incredible feature of strength and fortitude.
The oxen sculptures are astounding and its beguiling.
I love Copenhagens baroque and neoclassical buildings and monuments. The Gefion Fountain is rooted in legend and mythology. Splendid place for a picnic. Its on the way towards the little mermaid and close by to Churchill parken.
In this area, there are many sights to visit:
- The Little Mermaid
- The Citadel
- St. Alban Church
- Gafon Fountain