The Little Marmaid and Kastellet – Copenaghen

A well maintained and attractive location in Copenaghen (Denmark), nice to walking round, is the beautiful Kastellet or Old Citadel.

The Citadel is Europe’s oldest military bastion and still in operation. Built as an old fortification to protect Copenhagen from the Seaside, it has the shape of a pentagram with five bastions that served as a defence installation until the mid 19th century.

Most of the buildings in the old Citadel are still intact from the 1600’s and are now used mainly for military purposes and houses Defence Intelligence and the Danish Home Guard.

Walking into the Citadel we can see many different buildings: the Commander’s House, the residence of the commander of Kastellet, two storehouses, a church and a prison, a Powder House and also a Windmill.

Walking outside the Citadel it’s also a nice place to have a walk around. Enjoy some green space, a great views of St Alban’s Church and Gefion Fountain.

Close to the old citadel you will find one of Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attractions and the Copenaghen’s icon: the Little Mermaid Statue.

The sculpture was commissioned by Carl Jacobsen of Carlsberg (the famous danish beer, of course) as a gift to Copenhagen, and was made by Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksen in 1913 in bronze and granite.

The statue was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid.


Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM