Detailed review by bluejules
Northumberland, United Kingdom
I have always loved Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, so with Copenhagen once being his home, I was absolutely delighted to be going.
The Little Mermaid was one of the first attractions we visited because we really wanted to see it and we were only there for four days.
We didn't realise when we first set off but The Little Mermaid was quite a long distance from our hotel. It must have taken a good 45 minutes to walk there. (Granted, we probably weren't walking very fast, but all the same!).
We walked along the edge of the river most of the way there expecting to see it every 5 minutes we walked! We took in the beautiful scenery as we went.
Finally we could see it! It was about 50 metres from where we were, when the heavens suddenly opened and we were getting drenched. After our 40-minute walk in the cold, we were too tired to be standing taking photographs in the rain. Not even to mention too protective of our cameras to want to get them wet.
We were lucky that there was a little restaurant/café just before you reach the mermaid so we decided to go and get something to drink to warm us up, while we waited for the rain to die off a bit. About 10 minutes later the rain had stopped and we went outside to see the mermaid.
We were quite disappointed when we saw her because she is just a bronze statue sitting on a rock in the sea. You can actually walk to the rock she is sitting on. Well, I say walk, if you can call stepping over some other rocks walking. There is plenty of space for taking photographs. Although we didn't go down and stand right next to her, other people did so you can get your photo taken right beside her, if you wish.
We went back again on the tour bus. This is a much more sensible way of visiting her because not only do you get to sit down, you are sheltered from the cold, and you don't get lost on your way. Also, you get to see lots of other tourist spots on the way! The disadvantage of this is that you only get a limited time at The Little Mermaid if you want to get back on the bus, and it is much busier because of all the people on the bus.
All in all, it was a great day out. I wouldn't go to Copenhagen especially to see the Little Mermaid, but if you're going anyway I think it's worth a visit.