Visiting the Little Mermaid Statue & Kastellet: A Colorful Hidden Gem in Copenhagen

July 23, 2018 18 Comments

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 Statue & Kastellet: A Colorful Hidden Gem in Copenhagen

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. 

Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen

Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen

Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen

Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen

This isn’t even half of the crowd!

Kastellet

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 🙂 

Statue in Copenhagen

Kastellet in Copenhagen

Kastellet in Copenhagen

Kastellet in Copenhagen

Swans in Copenhagen

Can you see the baby swans on their backs? I’ve never seen birds do something like that before!

Kastellet in Copenhagen

St. Alban’s Church

Kastellet in Copenhagen

Fountain outside of Kastellet in Copenhagen

Kastellet in Copenhagen

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! 🙂 

Kastellet in Copenhagen

Kastellet in Copenhagen

Kastellet in Copenhagen

Kastellet in Copenhagen

Kastellet in Copenhagen

Windmill in Copenhagen

Windmill in Copenhagen

Kastellet in Copenhagen

You can get some pretty views from the top of the fortress!

Ducklings in Copenhage

Kastellet in Copenhagen

Kastellet in Copenhagen

Kastellet in Copenhagen

Kastellet in Copenhagen

Kastellet in Copenhagen

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!

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18 Comments

  1. Reply

    Amy

    July 23, 2018

    I remember ‘Staying straight.’ And stumbling upon these beautiful sites 😉

    • Reply

      Julia

      July 23, 2018

      Haha my directions were worth it!

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    Em

    July 25, 2018

    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!

    • Reply

      Julia

      July 25, 2018

      I hope you can go soon! It’s such a nice place!

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    Julia

    July 25, 2018

    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!

    Julia x
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      Julia

      July 25, 2018

      Agreed! People hype up the statue the same way as the Mona Lisa, so it’s really hard to see them!

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    Melissa

    July 25, 2018

    Hi Julia! What a beautiful place. I would love to see the little mermaid statue one day!

    • Reply

      Julia

      July 25, 2018

      It’s definitely worth seeing if you get the chance!

  5. Reply

    Morgan Ellis

    July 25, 2018

    This looks like such a fun trip!

    • Reply

      Julia

      July 25, 2018

      Yeah it was a lot of fun!

  6. Reply

    Mike Allebach

    July 25, 2018

    What a great story and trip! Great work with this blog!

    • Reply

      Julia

      July 25, 2018

      Thank you! 🙂

  7. Reply

    Melissa

    July 25, 2018

    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!

    • Reply

      Julia

      July 25, 2018

      You should visit them! Denmark is an amazing place!

  8. Reply

    Shannon

    July 25, 2018

    Beautiful! I’m excited to add Copenhagen to my list of places I want to visit.

    • Reply

      Julia

      July 25, 2018

      Thank you! It’s a great place to visit!

  9. Reply

    tonya

    July 26, 2018

    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?

    • Reply

      Julia

      July 26, 2018

      Yes earlier in the morning should be better!

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