Visiting LEGOLAND and LEGO House in Billund
On our visit to Denmark we also spent about a day and a half in Billund, a small town also known as the home of LEGO. Located in Billund is a LEGOLAND and a LEGO House. LEGOLAND is located in other parts of the world but the original is in Billund.
After staying in Copenhagen, we got a train from Copenhagen central to the town of Velje, where there was a connecting bus to LEGOLAND that ran hourly. As the train was running a bit late, we dashed off the train and down the platform to the exit and followed the signs to the bus terminal, where the bus was just about to leave before he saw a man running and me shortly behind him, running frantically. He stopped the bus and opened the doors as he had only moved inches from the parking spot. It was easier for me to run since I had just a backpack, but Nick was behind a little since he had a suitcase on wheels. We were under the impression that the bus might wait, knowing that there was a train with potential passengers, but that clearly wasn’t the case. I’m glad we didn’t have to wait a whole hour at the station for the next bus service!
We were able to drop off our bags at the LEGOLAND Hotel while we explored LEGOLAND. We made the choice to stay there since we wanted to visit both LEGOLAND and LEGO House but a day would not have been enough. It was about 11:00am to noon, when we headed into the park. There was honestly not much to it—as an adult I find that it was more catered to kids or families with kids. We went on a couple of rides which were fairly tame, even for me as someone who isn’t a big fan of rides and rollercoasters.
It was tricky to find somewhere or something to eat for lunch since so many eateries in the park were closed. There was no news about a public holiday so I assumed it was a “Mondays in Denmark” kind of thing, but nothing on the internet nor on the LEGOLAND website verified this. It was still a little frustrating as there were maybe 5 out of 20 food outlets available in the park. We settled for some chicken tenders and fries from the pirate themed area.
Nick was very keen on lining up for this interactive “ride” where you and your friends/family teamed up to race up to 7 other groups to “drive” a fire truck to the end of a short track, and then aimed and operated a water pump to put out an imaginary fire. I can get very competitive… 😂 Although there were only two of us, and there were other groups with four or more, including kids—we came second. I was hoping to come first, hahahah.
I was pretty tired of the park a couple of hours in. It got boring pretty quickly and since the rides and activities were really catered towards kids and younger people, we didn’t go on every ride or do every activity as it wasn’t completely interesting to us. Observing the miniature LEGO displays was maybe most interesting, although after seeing Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, nothing really compares to the intricacies and complexity of that whole system… even if these are entirely made with LEGO bricks… 😅 I know LEGO fans might be horrified, but I do acknowledge the incredible sculptures that can be made out of LEGO.
That evening, we ended up having the dinner buffet at the restaurant. We had the breakfast buffet the next morning, too. It was all quite basic food, nothing incredibly exciting or unique. But let’s just say that when you eat at a buffet, the amusing thing is that you find a dish you like and eat it several times over. And you might see other people eat bizarre combinations or large amounts of some food, but a buffet is honestly one of those places where I don’t feel like I’m being judged, and I have no business judging other people, because who cares. Eat whatever you like.
Unfortunately the buffet was quite expensive but it would be a bit of a walk into the town of Billund and the town was very small, with just one sort of complex/shopping and eating area, and we were tired. So we decided not to bother with that and just accept the higher price of the buffet. There was a room service option, but there were hardly any appetising options on it, so we felt safer with the buffet.
The next day we packed our things and stored our luggage, then we went for a walk to the LEGO House which was in the town of Billund, that I mentioned earlier. I wasn’t completely sure of what to expect of the LEGO House but I rather enjoyed my time there. I think Nick and I enjoyed our time maybe a little too much. 😆 It felt like a place where you could truly not be judged for an adult “being a kid again”, although LEGO is for everyone, not just kids. LEGO House was a place that was well thought out. From the interactive areas to the decor, to the digital animations on the displays, to the layout of the entire building. I even laughed at a “thank you for washing your hands” sign on the back of a toilet cubicle door that showed a LEGO minifigure alongside a LEGO front-loader washing machine containing LEGO minifigure hands that you could see through the panel of the machine.
I definitely preferred LEGO House to LEGOLAND. If you’re a childless couple like us, then you will likely enjoy LEGO House more than LEGOLAND and it might only be worth your time to go to LEGO House. There are a lot of wonderful displays, interesting facts about LEGO, and it’s an immersive and interactive experience. You get a wrist band that you can scan as you complete different activities and get photos taken at photo points, and at the end of the day you get to download all of them.
We didn’t complete every single activity, as we either weren’t interested or the area looked busy and we were a little short on time, but there was a checkpoint where you could see which activities you’d completed based on whether you scanned your wristband and had a photo taken and/or shared your LEGO creation.
Some of the activities we completed included creating a LEGO flower, creating a LEGO race car that could be raced with other visitors’ race cars, creating a fish that would display on a digital screen resembling an underwater scene, and creating your own character with eyes and mouth/s and selecting a mood for the character to show on its digital counterpart once you inserted your LEGO creation into the machine.
There is a restaurant called Mini Chef in LEGO House but it was fully booked out when we were there, and we didn’t book in advance because we were not certain about our lunch plans on that day. Billund does feel a bit out of the way and takes a little effort to get to, but if you are a big fan of LEGO you will likely appreciate LEGO House, so I think it’s worth going if you find yourself in Denmark.