Disney’s The Little Mermaid came to theaters in 1989 and I, like many other kids, fell in love! I’m such a fan that a few years back my sister gave me a mermaid bottle opener for my birthday! Even when my pup, Lilo, was small, I gave her a mermaid toy that she still snuggles with often! We’re all fans in this family!
Since it’s still one of my favorite movies today, I couldn’t wait to go to Copenhagen, Denmark to see the real Little Mermaid from Hans Christian Anderson’s famous book!
Did you know there are actually two Little Mermaids in Copenhagen?? The famous one is a short boat ride away from Nyhavn, along the waterside at the Langelinie promenade. The other is a smaller replica that’s in an outdoor garden in the Carlsberg Brewery. It was actually Carl Jacobson who donated the famous statue in 1913 to the city of Copenhagen!
If you want to see the famous Little Mermaid, you can either walk or take a boat. I recommend doing both! If you walk along with waterside, you’ll have the opportunity to get the best pictures since you’ll be able to get right up on the rocks! (Be careful!! They are very slippery!)
By boat, it’s faster and relaxing, but you won’t get up-close shots since you’re…well…on a boat at a distance!
Traveler Tip: There are LOTS of boat options to choose from at the waterfront canal, Nyhavn. Go with the option that’s 1/2 way down the pier called Kanalrundfart. It’s a bargain compared to the others and just as good!!
I recently went on a two week vacation with my sister to Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) and couldn’t be more excited to share my adventures with you! If this area isn’t already on your list, get your credit card ready because you’re going to want to book a flight ASAP!
The first stop on our trip was Copenhagen, Denmark and one of the places I was most excited to visit was Tivoli Gardens! Prior to our trip I did a lot of research and Tivoli had such mixed reviews that I started to second guess my original excitement. Would two young adults really have that much fun at an amusement park?? Was it going to be filled with screaming kids and unorganized parents (Yikes)?? Was the food going to consist of popcorn and cotton candy like at Six Flags in the States??
Luckily, I was able to convince myself and my sister to make not only one trip…but TWO trips to Tivoli in the two days that we were in Denmark. Yes folks, that’s right…Tivoli was so magical and whimsical that we just HAD to go back! The best news, none of my above fears were even true! Tivoli is so much more than an amusement park and the only screaming I heard came from the 100yr old roller coaster. As far as the food, it was fantastic! We managed to find a wine bar (Bodega), a newer Italian restaurant (Mazzolis) and a Brew House (Faergekoen Bryghus).
For an $18 admission ticket, we spent a few hours each day strolling around the colorful gardens and getting lost in all the winding paths. We “ohhh’d” and “ahhhh’d” over everything cause it was SO GOSH DARN CUTE!!
“Look at that toy soldier…SO CUTE!!”
“Look at that Scandinavian shop…SO CUTE!!”
“Look at that Hans Christian Anderson ride…SO CUTE!!”
It was enchantment overload for sure that anyone of all ages will truly love! It’s also very easy to get to as it’s right across from the main train station in Copenhagen (exit train station toward Bernstorrffsgade street).
For more pics on Tivoli, visit my Whimsical Denmark Pinterest Board!
Have you ever been to Tivoli?? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments field!