You’ve probably heard of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, and it’s the second most popular tourist attraction there, behind Tivoli Gardens. It actually wouldn’t be my favorite sight in the city, but nearby there is a hidden gem in Copenhagen that I love! 🙂
Visiting the Little Mermaid
Some people complain that the Little Mermaid statue is much smaller than they were expecting, but I didn’t think it’s that small. My biggest complaints are the HUGE crowds and selfie sticks. It didn’t matter if I went on a crazy cold day with bone-chilling winds in February (one of the coldest days I ever experienced living in Copenhagen) or a sunny day in May- the crowds are always there climbing on the statue and blocking photos. The only way I got these photos without people in it is by waiting until the second that someone moved away from the statue and quickly taking the shot.
That being said, I do think the Little Mermaid statue is worth visiting if you have the time (just go as early in the morning as possible). It has been the symbol of Copenhagen since its unveiling in 1913, and it’s one of the most famous statues in the world.
This isn’t even half of the crowd!
After visiting the Little Mermaid statue, my favorite thing to see is Kastellet! The Citadel is one of the best preserved star fortresses, and parts of it are still used for the military today. There are large crowds outside of it taking photos of the beautiful fountain and St. Alban’s Church, but once you go inside the fortress, it’s one of the quietest spots in the city! It’s one of my favorite hidden gems in Copenhagen 🙂
Can you see the baby swans on their backs? I’ve never seen birds do something like that before!
St. Alban’s Church
Inside Kastellet is so peaceful. There are lots of trees and green spaces, and people use it as a park and go running or walk with their children. Kastellet was first constructed in 1626, and it was used in some battles over the years. It was damaged with battles and the centuries of use, and it was renovated in the 1990s. It’s definitely the most beautiful fortress I’ve ever seen, and my favorite parts are the bright colored buildings and the windmill! 🙂
You can get some pretty views from the top of the fortress!
Kastellet has become one of my favorite places in Copenhagen, and I could spend hours here relaxing and photographing the colorful buildings 🙂 If you decide on visiting the Little Mermaid statue, make sure you go inside Kastellet and don’t miss that unique hidden gem in Copenhagen!
Thank you so much for sharing! Do you think if when I visit in the future if I went early in the morning it would be better and not have as many people?
Yes earlier in the morning should be better!
Beautiful! I’m excited to add Copenhagen to my list of places I want to visit.
Thank you! It’s a great place to visit!
Now you’re really making me want to travel to Copenhagen! I have distant relatives over there and have been dragging my feet about visiting. This place looks incredible!
You should visit them! Denmark is an amazing place!
What a great story and trip! Great work with this blog!
Thank you! 🙂
This looks like such a fun trip!
Yeah it was a lot of fun!
Hi Julia! What a beautiful place. I would love to see the little mermaid statue one day!
It’s definitely worth seeing if you get the chance!
The statue sounds to me like the Mona Lisa in Paris – smaller than expected, surrounded by selfie sticks and not that impressive. I would of course still go and see it, but I wouldn’t expect much. Kastellet however, looks wonderful! I love colourful buildings, and it seems so quiet. The perfect retreat on a sunny day!
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Agreed! People hype up the statue the same way as the Mona Lisa, so it’s really hard to see them!
I’d love to see The Little Mermaid statue one day and Kastellet looks like such a pretty place to visit! Thanks for sharing, Julia!
I hope you can go soon! It’s such a nice place!
I remember ‘Staying straight.’ And stumbling upon these beautiful sites ????
Haha my directions were worth it!