Legend about Warsaw’s Mermaid
“We have to do something about this pest!” they shouted. The mermaid was not scared of the fishermen and began to sing a song about the Vistula.
There was still danger, however, for the mermaid. One day, a greedy merchant decided to get rich on her beautiful voice by putting her on display at fairs. He tricked her, kidnapped her and imprisoned her in a wooden chest. The mermaid, accustomed to freedom, was very unhappy. Her crying was heard by the young son of a fisherman who with his friends released her and punished the evil merchant severely. The joyous mermaid, thankful for being free again, pledged to the fishermen that she would always guard them and their village. Over time, the small fishing village became a large and beautiful city.
It is said that from time to time, the mermaid emerges from the Vistula and looks at the ever-changing capital. Who knows, maybe you will see her? Look around carefully, because the mermaid can be found in many places in Warsaw. There are mermaid monuments in the Old Town Square, on the Vistula River and on the Markiewicz viaduct near the Hotel Bristol. Find the one that will charm you!