Fodor's Expert Review Den Lille Havfrue
This small statue from 1913 commemorates Hans Christian Andersen's lovelorn Little Mermaid. You may want to read the original Hans Christian Andersen tale in advance; it's a heartrending story that's a far cry from the Disney animated movie. Donated to the city by Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Brewery, the innocent waif has also been the subject of some cruel practical jokes, including decapitation and the loss of an arm, but she's currently in one piece. The Langelinie Promenade is thronged with Danes and visitors making their pilgrimage to the statue, especially on sunny Sundays. Although the statue itself is modest, the views of the surrounding harbor are not.