The Little Mermaid Statue
The Little Mermaid © Tuan Hoang Nguyen
The Little Mermaid, basking on a rock at the Langelinie Harbour, is one of Copenhagen's biggest tourist attractions.
The sculpture was put up in 1913, and over a million people visit the mermaid every year. At only about four feet (1.25m) high, she is very small and she seems to be in her true element when the waves crash against her rock. The sculptor, Edvard Eriksen, modelled the mermaid's head after ballerina Ellen Price. The statue is beautifully executed and fits so well into its natural surroundings that it takes a moment to notice her sitting on her rock (provided she is not surrounded by tourists). Although there is not much to do except see her and take a picture, this alluring statue continues to charm visitors and replicas of the famous sculpture are popular souvenirs. Of course, Anderson's story of The Little Mermaid is beloved the world over which goes some way to explaining the popularity of this wistful art work.
Address: Langelinie Harbour