The little mermaid (Den lille havfrue)
It’s the LITTLE mermaid. It’s really not very big.
Those who regard it as a great visual experience emphasise the artistic impact of the sculpture in relation to its surroundings. The mermaid is Copenhagen’s most iconic symbol.
About 15 per cent of Tripadvisor reviews take a negative slant towards the mermaid.
Typically, the sculpture is smaller than these reviewers expect, and it takes only a few moments to look at.
A five-minute walk from The Little Mermaid takes you to the Gefion Fountain (Gefionspringvandet), which is manifestly large and impressive. As an emblem of achievement in Danish sculpture, it’s on a par with The Little Mermaid.