Little Mermaid, Copenhagen

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    Disappointing, perhaps, but not a trap.

    by DavidMcTier Written Jan 17, 2013
    The English Church Nearby

    Take public transport as close as you can. Yes, the statue is small and unremarkable; however, the walk back toward the city is wonderful: the Anglican church, old fort, sailors' housing, etc.

    Unique Suggestions: Stay just a minute or two, take some pics, and then enjoy the walk back toward the city.

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    The Little Mermaid

    by Jim_Eliason Written Oct 9, 2012

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    The Icon
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    No matter how many times I was told how disappointing this would be I still thought it couldn't be as iconic as it is if there wasn't something special about it. Not only is it underwhelming, but its surprisingly out of the way.

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    Forget it- Look around

    by solopes Updated Sep 5, 2012

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    I think that the famous mermaid is the least interesting thing, several kilometers around.

    So take my advice: when you go there (because you will, like everybody else...) use your time, looking around: the harmonious strength of a fountain, the calm of the park, the art pieces on parade, and... yes, somewhere by the canal there's a little common statue that... you know!

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  • The most beautiful statue in the world

    by VladimirG Written Jun 2, 2012

    It is true that the little mermaid is very little and that is a statue on the rocks. But this is not the typical tourist trap: this statue is worth the long way it takes in getting to it. It is by far the most interesting thing in Copenhague (a city that has, otherwise, absolutely nothing to offer).

    To me the little mermaid has been a kind of aesthetic revelation in the kitsch and awful world of tourist traps. This is not at all: it is a lively piece of art that deserves only praise. Its little dimensions are indeed human and well proportioned, not like other enormous and ugly monuments. It has a certain erotic quality which invites to look at it from every different angle and the most feminine charms are offered generously to the tourist. The minimalistic environment adds to cumulative force. I would spend the whole time of my life going in pilgrimage to see the little mermaid again and again, were not by the fact that I have to earn some money to live. I came to her with no expectations at all, and I went back happily and enthusiastically in love.

    Forget about the environment and the palace and all the boring stuff. Forget Copenhague indeed. But do not forget the little Mermaid.

    Unique Suggestions: Do not do anything at all but being concentrated on what you are going to experience, when you meet the little Mermaid. Feel just only the plain minimilistic atmosphere of the port and then let yourself be seduced by the feminine curves and transcendence of the little statue.

    Fun Alternatives: To visit the little Mermaid or to waste your life in other things, that is the question.

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  • The most beautiful statue in the world

    by VladimirG Written Jun 2, 2012

    It is true that the little mermaid is very little and that is a statue on the rocks. But this is not the typical tourist trap: this statue is worth the long way it takes in getting to it. It is by far the most interesting thing in Copenhague (a city that has, otherwise, absolutely nothing to offer).

    To me the little mermaid has been a kind of aesthetic revelation in the kitsch and awful world of tourist traps. This is not at all: it is a lively piece of art that deserves only praise. Its little dimensions are indeed human and well proportioned, not like other enormous and ugly monuments. It has a certain erotic quality which invites to look at it from every different angle and the most feminine charms are offered generously to the tourist. The minimalistic environment adds to cumulative force. I would spend the whole time of my life going in pilgrimage to see the little mermaid again and again, were not by the fact that I have to earn some money to live. I came to her with no expectations at all, and I went back happily and enthusiastically in love.

    Forget about the environment and the palace and all the boring stuff. Forget Copenhague indeed. But do not forget the little Mermaid.

    Unique Suggestions: Do not do anything at all as being concentrated on what you are going to experience, when you meet the little Mermaid. Feel just only the plain minimilistic atmosphere of the port and then let yourself be seduced by the feminine curves and transcendence of the little statue.

    Fun Alternatives: To visit the little Mermaid or to waste your life in other things, that is the question.

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  • Mermaid bait and switch

    by deac83 Written Sep 8, 2010

    Who would think to check if an icon of the city was still there? 45 min walk to find a rock with a hole in it and a video screen (which is useless when the sun is on it).

    I didn't care about it but my wife wanted to see it, left a bitter taste in our mouths, especially after wasting our time getting there.

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    Mermaid fans look away

    by tvor Updated May 27, 2010

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    She's on holiday in China, still they flock there

    They just can't help themselves. I realize most major cities have icons that represent the city. Paris has the Eiffel Tower. New York has the Statue of Liberty. Copenhagen has Nyhavn and the Little Mermaid. Hans Christian Andersen, the fairy tale writer, lived in Copenhagen and the statue is the character of one of his stories, The Little Mermaid. She is a small sculpture sitting on a rock, placed in the harbour near the outskirts of the city centre of Copenhagen. It's not very big, it's not in a very pretty part of the city. There is a park on the side of the harbour where she is but as you look at her, you see the industrial port across the water.

    This year, 2010, the Mermaid isn't on her rock. She's on tour in China for a few months. Instead, the city has erected a video screen on the spot so tourists can see her on her rock...in China. Weird and very bizarre. Yet they still go there and take pictures. Of the screen. We took a hop on hop off tour of the city and people actually got off the bus to go look at the screen! We stayed firmly in our seats but i couldn't resist taking a photo of the tourists!

    Unique Suggestions: There's a lovely park and old star shaped citadel in the area with some nice statues including the huge Geflon with his ox ploughing up the earth that created Denmark. Allegedly. And there's a pretty stone English church there as well, St. Albans.

    Fun Alternatives: Nyhavn, the colourful harbour also attracts tourists by the hundreds but at least you can get a coffee, a beer or sit and people watch in the sun there.

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    Hugh tourist trap - The Little Mermaid

    by Io_anna Written Nov 24, 2007

    The Little Mermaid is located in a quite remote area, where there's nothing else. There was not even a place for coffee closer that 5min by car. So, go there if you must, but on daylight and make sure you keep the cab waiting :)

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  • You might as well have a look at the picture

    by ld0711 Written Nov 11, 2006

    There is not much to see. It's just a statue on a rock and you might as well have a look at it on a picture in the tourist guide. Use the time to go to the planetarium instead!

    Fun Alternatives: The Planitarium is a brilliant spot and educational as well

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    Undersized fish?

    by Roggeveen Written Jul 29, 2006

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    That's all folks!
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    The bronze statue of the little mermaid is visited by so many tourists. It's actualy a vey small bronze statue. You probably would not have noticed it if they put it in a park in your own neigbourhood.

    Unique Suggestions: If you want to take a picture of it, at least don't stay in one of the boats. Then you'll only see the back of this strange fish.

    Fun Alternatives: Copenhagen if full of much more impressive statues if you like bronze artworks.

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    Little Mermaid

    by barryg23 Updated Jun 14, 2006

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    Little Mermaid
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    The Little Mermaid is probably Copenhagen's best known tourist attraction though I have no idea why it is so popular. There is so much more to discover in Copenhagen yet for many people this is probably the highlight of a trip to the city.

    Unique Suggestions: The nearby Castellet area is worth exploring. Also don't miss Churchill Park where there the excellent museum tells the story of Danish resistance in WW2. This was the only museum we visited on our trip and it was very interesting, giving a balanced account of Denmark during the war.

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    The little mermaid

    by elPierro Written Feb 18, 2006

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    Sure, whoever thinks of Copenhagen, thinks of the little Mermaid. Well get ready for a big deception, it's not half as exciting as you'd think. It's just a small statue in the sea.

    Don't put up your hopes, there are more impressive sights in the center of Copenhagen.

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  • The little Mermaid. I think if...

    by sabsi Updated Nov 30, 2005

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    The little Mermaid

    I think if you take a book and look up the word tourist trap - the pic of this young lady is probably next to it. Apparently tourist numbers to Copenhagen rise as soon as somebody destroys the little mermaid again by cutting her head of. I can't blame the tourists going there for that reason, it definitely makes an interesting picture!

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    The Little Mermaid - Take "little" literally

    by bpacker Updated Sep 23, 2005

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    The Bronze Siren beckons to her many admirers

    This has to be the most over-hyped tourist spot in Copenhagen. The bronze statue was smaller than I expected. The plain coastal backdrop didn't help either. The only interesting thing about the statue was the local gossip behind it - the poor mermaid was beheaded and maimed by pranksters ( or by disillusioned tourists?)

    Unique Suggestions: Take a canal cruise that bypasses the statue. Look at the landlubbers from the comfort of your ferry as they try to take an obligatory shot of the statue . It's quite funny to see how bewildered the tourists look when they see the statue for the first time.

    Fun Alternatives: There are some coastal factory outlets and extensive picnic grounds near the statue. You can either shop for your souveniers over there or simply buy an ice cream and watch seagulls and windmills in the distance.

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    THAT Little Mermaid

    by natwest Written Jul 24, 2005
    Little Mermaid

    OK, I spent ages on finding this Mermaid. I was sooooo disappointed in knowing how small this statue. It basically is a rusting bronze (or whatever it's made out of) figure.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't overlooked the harbour. It's where a bunch of tourists standing. At least enjoy the walk leading towards the Mermaid

    Leave as quickly as possible, snap a shot and GO somewhere else. Don't waste your valuable time in Denmark.

    Fun Alternatives: too long to list.

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