"Danish mythological fountain" Kastellet Tip by sourbugger

Kastellet, Copenhagen: 25 reviews and 64 photos


Near to the Little mermaid statue, and by the side of the Castellet area stands the Gefion fountain.

I don't normally write up fountains, but this one has an impressive story behind it. It was originally to be sited in the main city square, but I think they made a good choice to place it in this northern part of town.

It recalls the story of the mythical Queen who was given the rights by the King of Sweden to keep all the land that she could plough in a day. Undaunted by this task she promptly gave birth to four sons. Rather than sitting around during her maternity leave, she turned them into oxen and set about Sweden. The ploughed land was then thrown out of Sweden and into the sea to form Zealand - the island on which Copenhagen stands. The hole that was left (and it is a similar size and shape) now forms the largest lake in Sweden.

Lovely little creation myth - and nice to have a fountain than deviates away from the usual cherub and lion rubbish you get most places in Europe.

Directions: At the end of Bredgade
Phone: 45 33 11 22 33
Website: http://www.woco.dk/composite-1374.htm

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 14, 2007
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