Who didn’t spend their childhood sifting through piles of mismatched Legos, slowly putting together a village or a castle or a spaceship? It’s a rite of passage, really, which is why we were so excited to visit the birthplace of the Legon phenom in Billund, Denmark. While you may think the headquarters is a mix between a Lego brick factory and some seriously ginormous Lego statues, you’d only be partially right. It turns out there’s a lot more to the mother of all Legolands that we ever imagined. Care to see what’s in store in Legoland Denmark?
1: As part of Legoland Denmark, you can stay at the Legoland Castle Hotel.
Yep – you don’t even have to worry about making it past the drawbridge. Book a night (or several) at the 142-room, fairytale-themed Legoland Castle Hotel and you’ll be able to roll out of bed and explore all things Lego. Each room is decorated to the hilt in medieval décor, themed by Middle Age heroes – knights, princesses, and wizards among them. You can also amble down to the Knight’s Tavern for a bite to eat – buffet-style, of course.
2: Legoland Denmark had 26 rides.
We know – 26!? There are amusement parks with half that many! Sure enough, however, Legoland Denmark delivers with everything from the little tot DUPLO Express (a meandering train designed like its smaller DUPLO version) to Mini Boats, resembling life-size boats that kids can steer down a lazy river past monuments like the Statue of Liberty and the Acropolis (both made out of Legos, of course). For something a bit more stationary, you can climb up various towers to view the whole of Legoland from above.
3: Between rides, enjoy some live entertainment.
Need a break from thrills and jostles? Legoland Denmark offers entertainment venues on either side of the park – one is a 4D “movie experience” while the other features live performances on a professional stage. Be sure you catch a movie and some tunes before (or after) you check off those 26 rides.
4: Hungry? Grab some grub at more than a dozen different eateries.
Given the rest of Legoland Denmark’s setup, I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that they have as many restaurants/cafés as they do. Still, it’s astounding – you can grab a cappuccino from Pirates’ Coffee in the morning, tuck into fish and chips at Captain Roger’s midday, then feast at the Mexican Cantina for dinner. There are enough concepts, in fact, that you can mix things up over a two or three-day trip and not hit the same place twice.
5: Yes, you can find Lego fashion here, too.
While Legoland Denmark certainly has the expected souvenir shop, it also has a few surprising shopping options – including a clothing store. As you can imagine, many of the outfits are for kids, but you’ll also find adult offerings from Only and Vero Moda brands.
6: Legoland Denmark offers affordable season passes.
Plan on being in Denmark (or Europe) for a while? It might be worth your while to grab a season pass. Adults get discounts on accommodations, food, and drinks, while kids with season passes eat free at select Legoland’s restaurants. Prices start at a modest 599 DKK ($100).
7: You can see many of the world’s greatest cities, structures, and monuments in Miniland.
This is the part of Legoland you’ve likely heard about – the reconstruction of major global landmarks in miniature. See the Statue of Liberty, Dubai‘s Burj Khalifa, a little version of Amsterdam, Kronborg Castle, Osaka, and other global standouts. (Just don’t go Godzilla on poor little Miniland.)
8: Legoland has its own mobile app for navigating the park.
Sure, you could carry around a printed map, but why not get yourself the app instead? Available for iPhone and Android, it’s the perfect way to map out the rides, restaurants, shops, and more. You can also use it to create custom itineraries to suit your particular interests. Plus, it shows you estimates for how long it will take to walk to destinations within the park and how long you’ll likely have to wait to get your turn on a ride. Brilliant.
For more information about Legoland Denmark and to plan your trip, visit their website.