The two Little Mermaids of Copenhagen (yes, there are 2 statues!)

As duas Pequenas Sereias em Copenhaga.
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Did you know there isn’t just one Little Mermaid, but two? Here’s all you need to know about Copenhagen’s two Little Mermaids! Where they are, how to visit, their history, and of course, photos of both statues in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark!

I must admit my ignorance, as until stumbling upon the younger sister of the Little Mermaid by chance in Copenhagen, I was unaware of her existence!

Yes, it was purely by chance that I discovered there are two status in Copenhagen.

This is because while following the GPS directions to see the statue, the map indicated to turn right but I decided to look left. In the distance, I saw something in the sea that seemed to be the Little Mermaid.

So, I decided to ignore the GPS and go check out what it was. And you know what, the detour was worth it!

So, in this article, I’ll tell you how you can visit not only the famous statue but also the Genetically Modified Little Mermaid, the differences between the two, and whether it’s worth visiting them.

Stay tuned if you plan to travel to Copenhagen.

What are the two Little Mermaid statues in Copenhagen?

Pequena Sereia inspirada no conto de Hans Christian Andersen.
Little Mermaid inspired by the tale of Hans Christian Andersen.
Estátua da Pequena Sereia Geneticamente Modificada, em Copenhaga.
Statue of the Genetically Modified Little Mermaid by Bjørn Nørgaard in Copenhagen.

The Little Mermaid

Sereia nas margens do Mar Báltico.
Statue on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
O que fazer em Copenhaga: ver a Pequena Sereia.
What to do in Copenhagen.

The Little Mermaid statue was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s children’s book and was created by Edvard Eriksen in 1913. It quickly became one of the symbols of Denmark’s capital.

Made of bronze, it is placed on a rock on the shores of the Baltic Sea.

Much has been said about this artwork, such as acts of vandalism it has suffered or the size of the statue.

I personally enjoyed the walk to the statue’s location, as it is a bit away from the city center, and getting to know this piece of art.

Fun fact: Did you know that the statue’s birthday is celebrated? Take note, it’s on August 23rd, in case you’re in the city at that time.

Location: Langelinie, 2100 København Ø, Denmark.

The Genetically Modified Little Mermaid by Bjørn Nørgaard (Den Genmodificerede Lille Havfrue)

Estátua da Sereia Geneticamente Modificada.
Statue: The Genetically Modified Little Mermaid by Bjørn Nørgaard.
Paraíso Geneticamente Modificado.
The Genetically Modified Paradise.
Conjunto de estátuas: Paraíso Geneticamente Modificado.
Group of statues: The Genetically Modified Paradise

The Genetically Modified Little Mermaid, or Den Genmodificerede Lille Havfrue, locally known as the younger sister of the Little Mermaid, appears similar from afar, but up close, the two sculptures are very different.

It is part of a group of statues called the Genetically Modified Paradise.

The author of this work is Bjørn Nørgaard, a Danish professor who was inspired by Copenhagen’s iconic statue to create a group of sculptures that sparked conversation.

This includes a Triumphal Arch (weighing 40 tons), the Tripartite Capital, and the Pregnant Man, along with statues named after biblical figures: the Genetically Modified Madonna, Adam, Christ, Mary Magdalene, and Eve.

All have distorted and twisted forms. If the intention was to provoke, I believe it was achieved.

Location: Langelinie Allé 17, 2100 København, Dinamarca (about 750 meters from the ither statue).

Everything you need to know about the Little Mermaid

As duas Pequenas Sereias em Copenhaga.
The two Little Mermaids in Copenhagen.
CopenHill em Copenhaga.
Baltic Sea.

Where is the Little Mermaid statue located?

The Little Mermaid statue is located in the city of Copenhagen, which is in Denmark.

What is the height of the Statue?

The height of the statue is 125 centimeters.

Is it worth visiting the Little Mermaid statues?

Yes, I believe it is very much worth visiting both Little Mermaids in Copenhagen. Despite some opinions about the size of the statue, the name itself implies “little”.

Moreover, the second statue, or the younger sister, is not as well-known, and I believe it’s definitely worth seeing.

Where is Disney’s The Little Mermaid set?

The beach scenes were filmed in various regions of Sardinia, Italy, such as Cala Moresca and Rena Majore.

Where is the castle of The Little Mermaid?

In the Disney movie, the inspiration for The Little Mermaid’s castle was the Chillon Castle, located about 3 km from Montreux, Switzerland.

Need accommodation in Copenhagen?

Hotel Cabinn City Copenhaga. Hotel económico com localização central.
Cabinn City Copenhagen Hotel. Affordable hotel with a central location.

Overall, I found accommodation in central Copenhagen a bit pricey. The best option I found was the Cabinn City (2 stars), a small room with bunk beds and a private bathroom.

Honestly, I don’t recommend staying near the famous statues in Copenhagen because it’s far from everything else.

But if you want to do so, check out this map where you have different hotels and Airbnbs in the city center and near the statues.

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