We left HvideSande and drove south-east towards Billund, the home of LEGO. It is located some 30km far from Jelling, a town of historical importance for Denmark as it was the first seat of the monarchy as well as the birthplace of Christianity in the country. Since the two towns sit right next to each other, it may be an idea to visit them both.
We spent hours inside the LEGO House (or Home of the Brick) a recent – 2017, – addition to the Billund “playground” designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.
Practical info for LEGO House
Address: Ole Kirks Vej 1, 7190 Billund, Denmark
Prices: Adults DKK 229/£/US$ Children (3-12) DKK 229 Toddlers (0-2) Free
Opening times: check calendar
If you buy the tickets online you save DKK 30 per ticket. If you buy a late arrival ticket (3pm) on days when Lego House closes at 7pm, you get a discount of DKK 70 per ticket. There are also yearly passes for DKK 399. Read more about it here.
Once you enter the building there are areas you can explore for free (no ticket needed): LEGO Square, the playgrounds on the nine rooftop terraces, LEGO Store, and three restaurants. You will need a ticket, a smart bracelet in fact, to access the Experience Zones at the upper levels and the storage lockers.
Contrary to our initial idea of just roaming around the free areas, we decided to pay the entrance fee and it turned out to be the right choice. We had fun, we marvelled at Lego sculptures, such as the impressive Tree of Creativity that takes up three levels and it’s made of over 6 million Lego bricks; we explored the history of the Danish company founded by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, made a short Lego movie and “mothered” our own creations in the “Experience Zones” . We even got a personalised combination to make with six red bricks – out of a possible 915 million others. If you’re a pro you can build it without even opening the packaging!
It’s fun for the whole family, more so for the adults than the kids sometimes. There are four experience zones identified by different colours. In every zone there are activities and games, as well as magnificent Lego installations that will make your jaw drop.
A 15-minute walk away is LEGOLAND
Practical info for LEGOLAND
Address: Nordmarksvej 9, 7190 Billund, Denmark
Prices: check ticket options here as there are 1-day or 2-day tickets, seasonal passes, open-dated tickets and so on.
Opening times: check calendar
We did not have time to visit it as we had to drive further south. It may be possible to visit both places in one day. There is a combined ticket to Legoland and Lego House that costs DKK 469 per person. Buy it here. If you’ll be taking your kids, consider booking an accommodation close-by.
We headed again towards the coast, southward, to Denmark’s oldest city, Ribe.
It is a true historical jewel with cobblestoned streets, well-preserved 16th-century half-timbered houses and a shallow river which made Ribe an important trading stop in the Northern routes between the Frankish empire and the Scandinavian States.
Once in Ribe don’t miss its domkirke (cathedral) and rådhus (town hall), which are the oldest in Denmark.
A ready-made dinner – we had to try it as eating out here is expensive, as already mentioned – was supplied by Føtex supermarket. We washed everything down with craft beers from the local Ribe Bryghus (Ribe brewery).
Our stay (two nights):
Storkesøen Ribe Holiday Cottages and Apartments
Haulundvej 164, 6760 Ribe, Denmark
Fishing is the main activity in this camping site equipped with cosy bungalows. There are two fishing lakes where guests can show off their skills. There are spacious freezers and grills to store and cook the catch of the day.