Perched on a rock near Churchill Park for the past 102 years, the Little Mermaid has become the symbol of Copenhagen, and by extension, that of Denmark, much like the Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris.
In tribute to its original spiritual father, writer and storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen, the small bronze statue was erected in 1913 by Edvard Eriksen and attracts over a million tourists annually. You may be surprised by its lack of a fish tail, but remember that according to Andersen, once on land, the tail is replaced by legs.
The statue may also surprise by its small size (1.25 m) but do not underestimate it. Not only has it inspired a large well-known animation studio, but it has also faced numerous acts of vandalism since the 1960s, including beheadings and the amputation of an arm. To get here from the city centre, walk along the seafront past Amalienborg Castle to Langelinie Dock.
The Little Mermaid
2100 Copenhagen Ø