As the birthplace of Lego, Billund is an absolute paradise for Lego fans! This quirky town in central Denmark was practically built on Lego bricks; boasting not only the world’s first Legoland theme park, but also the original Lego factory (where much of production still takes place) alongside plenty of recent additions to keep Lego enthusiasts entertained. With daily flights from London taking just 90 minutes and most of the star-attractions being within walking distance, Billund also makes an easy minibreak option for families.
Our writer Zoey Goto rounds up the best Lego-tastic activities for a truly unique adventure.
BE SURE TO SEE: Plastic gets Fantastic at the Lego House
Your first stop in Billund has to be the wonderful Lego House complex. Built to look like a stack of Lego bricks, this beautifully designed museum bills itself as the world’s best play date.
It’s easy to lose an entire day here, with colourful zones for creating stop-motion movies, programming robots, a Duplo area for toddlers and a staggering 25 million Lego bricks to play with. It’s a seriously hands-on, interactive and creative place to visit, that’s sure to delight kids of all ages. When you’re all built-out, pop up to the rooftop area, which offers panoramic views and Insta-worthy playgrounds.
> Tickets cost £24 for both adults and children above 3 years: LEGO House.
WHERE TO EAT: Lego Robots at the Mini Chef Restaurant
Fancy having your meal served by robot waiters made of Lego? Then head to Mini Chef, the fantastic onsite restaurant at the Lego House. Diners are given a pack of Lego upon arrival, which is used to create their bespoke menu choices. Simply feed the chosen Lego into the computer at your table, and Robert and Roberta, the dancing Lego waiting staff, deliver your meal!
The whole experience is outrageously good fun, plus the food is delicious and served in a Lego shaped lunchbox. What’s not to love? Note that although Mini Chef is situated within the Lego House, you don’t need a museum entrance ticket to eat here – just pre-book your table and walk right in.
> Adult’s meal £22, child’s £12: Lego House Food
MUST VISIT: The Original, and Still the Best, Legoland
Legoland’s flagship in Billund may have opened way back in 1968, but it’s since managed to keep up with the times by adding plenty of new rides and attractions. Offering a slightly more relaxed and assessable alternative to Legoland Windsor, the park caters well for all ages. Younger tots will enjoy the gentle rides in Duplo Land, whilst older thrill-seekers can scream it out on the Polar X-plorer roller coaster.
There are many places to pick up refreshments or have a sit-down meal dotted across the park, where (spoiler alert!) even the chips are shaped as mini Lego blocks. 2021 will see the long awaited grand opening of the Lego Movie World area. Hold onto your seats, as it will include Scandinavia’s first flying theatre!
> Ticket cost £48 for both adults and children above 3 years LEGOLAND.
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WHERE TO STAY: Themed Fun at the Hotel Legoland
Situated just across the road from the Legoland park you’ll find the 4-star Hotel Legoland. Inside, it’s jam-packed with thematic bedrooms – some of which can sleep up to 6 people – featuring swashbuckler pirates, jungle adventurers and fearless knights and princesses.
Despite being fairly large in size, with 223 rooms, the hotel offers some nice personal touches including packets of Lego waiting on the kid’s pillows upon arrival, and impressive Lego sculptures incorporated into the décor. There are daily building competitions in the hotel’s lobby, where you can win boxes of…you guessed it… more Lego!
One of the great things about staying at Hotel Legoland is that you’ll automatically receive a complimentary Be Happy Pass. Just flash this handy card to get access to VIP experiences and discounts across Billund’s hotspots, including a free zookeeper experience at Givskud Zoo and a Lego set featuring the Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen in the Legoland shop.
> Rooms from around £185 per night based on 4 people sharing a pirate room: Hotel LEGOLAND
HIT THE MUSEUM: Lego and Teddies Unite, at The Teddy Bear Art Museum!
All roads in Billund lead back to Lego, so it’s no surprise that even the local teddy bear museum is linked to the iconic plastic bricks in some way.
This quirky collection of over 1200 bears is housed in the former private home of the Lego family, a Modernist architectural gem of a house. Be sure to pick up the treasure hunt map at the entrance, which is a fun way for kids to navigate this sweet little museum. There’s also an onsite café for lunch and cakes and a teddy bear focussed shop.
> Adult ticket £12, child under 12 £7, under 2s free: Terry Bear Museum