Denmark’s capital is filled with history, charm, mold-breaking architecture and design. There is superb food and drink, and a dash of magic to bring it all together to create an unforgettable city break.
Copenhagen’s allure is enduring and is just as inspiring today as it has been for centuries. It’s atmospheric harbor quays have long inspired writers such as Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) who spent most of his life in the city. Andersen, although a prolific writer of novels, plays and poems, is best known for his fairy tales, such as The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, and The Emperor’s New Clothes, all which have enchanted children of many generations. But Copenhagen has not only inspired fairy tales with its magical surroundings, but also more serious narratives, such as Hamlet by none other than the Bard himself, William Shakespeare.
Follow in the footsteps of fairy tales, history and enchanting surroundings, and let Copenhagen inspire you.
The Little Mermaid
Copenhagen’s best-known sight is also its smallest one. The Little Mermaid is just over one meter tall, but has been the symbol of Copenhagen since it was installed in 1913. It was inspired by the fairy tale of the same name by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. First published in 1837, it tells the story of a mermaid emerging from the waves every day to watch human life on land, longing to be part of it. The sculpture was created by Edvard Eriksen and sits on the coastal stretch of the Langelinie Promenade. This popular walkway is situated alongside the Kastellet citadel, which dates back to the early 1600s.