3. Little MermaidHave you been fan of the mermaid story and wondered when will you have your charming prince and beautiful voice princess. Well this is the mermaid which was built on the famous kids book. Now, you might feel that this is small in comparison to your imagination but place is amazing. Because, from there you can walk down to Kastellet. And I can bet that this place will be the best place to walk. I have heard Denmark princess too takes a jog there
The Little mermaid : This is the most famous tourist destination in Copenhagen. This sculpture is made of bronze and granite and is inspired by a fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young and handsome prince.It is believed that every morning and evening she swims to the surface from the bottom of the sea in the hope to catch a glimpse of her beloved prince.
Walking across a few busy streets from the Central Train Station (after a short break at the Hard Rock Cafe, that resides beside the famous and lovely theme park - Tivoli), a short walk takes you to the nearby Canal, dug across the city, to let the sea water come in. Something that is must - a boat ride in the canal, that takes you across the various landmark locations in the city - like Christiansborg Palace (the seat of Folketing, the Danish parliament), Danish Royal Theater and Tycho Brahe Planetarium, and then out into the open sea. A cool Danish guide, who was with us, filled up with historical bits - the three dragons of Scandinavia... standing for the larger Denmark of Denmark, Sweden and Norway (no, Finland is not Scandinavia!), the whims of an emperor who wanted his own ' Venice' and had the canals dug up and the myths of Little Mermaid, immortalized by Hans Christian Anderson, the favorite son of the city. The little trip took us across the old Port and Red Light district of the city... Nyhavn!
Day 4 - I kicked start my day by walking to The Little Mermaid located by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade. It is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, commissioned by Carl Jacobsen (the son of Carlsberg's founder) in 1909. Jacobsen had been fascinated by a ballet about the fairytale in Copenhagen's Royal Theatre and thus he asked Ellen Price, the ballerina, to model for the statue. However, she did not agree to model in nude, and thus the statue's head was modelled after Price but the body was modelled after the sculptor's wife, Eline Eriksen. I was told that The Little Mermaid statue is the most vandalised statue where its head was once sawn off in 1964 and 1998 but was successfully restored. In 2004 and 2007 the statue was draped in burqa. Besides that, there were several times where the statue has been poured on with paint. If you really want to take a good snapshot of the statue, you have to be there SUPER early, especially during summer where it is the peak season for visitors from all over the world. I can hardly squeeze through the crowd and take a snapshot of the statue WITHOUT people posing next to it!