We consider Denmark Europe’s best destination for families, not only because of Lego. You should also enjoy the waterparks, Viking warrior training and the Givsgud Zoo.
In this family-friendly area the children will no doubt adore the Ninjago-themed décor of glowing neon swords in the family room at Hotel Legoland in Billund. And the buffet dinner there is better than in any other theme park we know about. Another advantage is the resort pass allowing you to nip in and out and also gets you into Lalandia, a giant water park next door.
Lalandia mixes giant flumes and multiple pools with a spa and sauna set-up, and there’s also ice skating, bowling and trampolines in addition to a climbing wall and even a dry ski slope.
If you don’t want to stay in the Legoland Hotel there are self-catering holiday cottages on site.
Legoland Billund also provides lots of well-sited, undercover picnic spots allowing you to save the price of lunch in the park.
Lego came to life in Billund in 1949. It all began with a stackable wooden toy which later became the bright plastic bricks we all know today. Lego produces one of the world’s most recognizable toys with eight amusement parks, in Denmark, England, Germany, Malaysia, Dubai, Japan, Florida and California. A future Legoland is planned in Orange County, New York.
The Lego House opened earlier this year.
Legoland is a dream for children aged two to 10. With the exception of the ice pilot’s school in Polar Land where a giant robot arm shakes the children like a milkshake, no ride is particularly scary.
Visit the Ninjago World, which is actually new for this year. There you can fire its 3D guns’ lasers feeling like a real Ninja.
Whether you have Vikings, Lego, northern European church architecture or the new Nordic cuisine in mind, Billund is your right choice. Billund has Denmark’s second largest airport situated just minutes from the original Legoland. The Lego factory itself is just a mile from the theme park.
There are plenty of offers, not only in Legoland, but also coast-to-coast in the region. Save money and buy a Happy Pass giving you admission to special trips, and sites in this amazing region.
Take an evening drive along empty roads bisecting countryside crowned by wind turbines to the hip new Nordic restaurant, Madinsustrien, in the nearby pretty town of Vejle.
You should also make a stop in Scandinavia’s oldest town, Ribe, and wander its meticulously medieval streets. The Romanesque cathedral with its aged wood carvings and glitzy mosaics is a must visit. Overlooking the Ribe River, the 17th-century timber frame inn with its restaurant Saelhunden serves you a medley of smoked and fried fish – delicious!
The town of Ribe matches Aarhus for historic charm with its cobbled streets and squares lined with beamed buildings.
Explore the history of trade at the Viking Museum, a 30-minute drive away, in the town of Jelling. There are ample play areas where children can dress up and imagine life on the coast 1,000 years ago. This is one of Denmark’s most important heritage sites. Here Harald Bluetooth and his father, Gorm the Old, established the dynasty that made Denmark a world power.
A 15-minute drive from Jelling is the Givskud Zoo, featuring a lion drive-through. The noble-looking creatures are remarkably calm. They look like they wouldn’t hurt a fly.
North of Billund, in Aarhus Old Town you find one of the biggest collections of old Danish architecture. The city also has its ultra-modern gallery ARoS with the amazing rooftop Rainbow Panorama installation.
Don’t miss genuine family fun in the Lego Dreamland.
Family Fun in the Lego Dreamland, written by Tor Kjolberg