When you think of Copenhagen, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the iconic Little Mermaid statue. The sculpture created by Edvard Eriksen in 1913 honors Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish writer who authored the classic Little Mermaid fairy tale. As everyone who has visited it has found, the sculpture is much smaller and less remarkable in person than it seems on our Instagram feeds. But it was still well worth a visit - at the very least to capture that classic Copenhagen photo op!
To get to the statue on Langelinje Pier, we first walked through Kastellet - or "the citadel" in English - which defended Copenhagen harbor against Swedish, English and German attacks following its construction in 1626. Today, the well-preserved star-shaped fortress still serves as an active military area, but much of it has been converted into a beautiful green space and public park that locals take advantage of for running, biking and general recreation.
The grounds also feature a picturesque church, windmill and military buildings that are still in use today.
We were so impressed with how well-maintained and lush the grounds were. If only we had our running shoes with us - it's truly the most picturesque spot for a jog.