Billund

Centrally located on the mainland of Denmark, Billund is perhaps most famous as the birthplace of LEGO...

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... and the home of the original LEGOLAND park theme park. But there's more to the city than plastic bricks and pirate ships. Take a road trip out of town to discover the bleak beauty of the Jutland peninsula, with its powdery sand beaches, vibrant port towns and ancient heathlands, and return home telling tales of Viking rune-stones, ancient kings and fascinating wartime history.

Arriving at Billund Airport

Billund International Airport is the second largest in Denmark and serves a wide range of domestic and international routes. With only one terminal, the airport is relatively easy to navigate, and the public transport connections are good too. Buses run from outside the terminal to train stations in Vejle, Give, Esbjerg, Skanderborg and Aarhus – and of course to Billund itself, which is only a few kilometres away.

Onward travel is even easier between June and August, when a free shuttle bus runs regularly between the airport, the city centre and Billund’s main attractions. LEGOLAND is also served by route 384, which leaves the airport every hour on the hour and stops at the LEGOLAND Holiday Village and Hotel LEGOLAND, before continuing to the city centre.

Outside of peak season, many visitors opt to hire a car, and there are a number of international agencies stationed at the airport, including Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, and Sixt. Taxis are also readily available outside the terminal building, but this is Denmark, so be prepared for high prices.

Food and drink

Billund is small, and the local food scene isn't as wide-ranging as you'd expect in larger cities. That said, there are a number of cosy pub-style restaurants in the surrounding countryside – try the wonderful Filskov Kro in the magnificent Jutland countryside, and Spiseriet at Refborg Hotel.

You'll also find a few dining options in central Billund, including family-friendly fast food and traditional fare such as open-faced sandwiches, fresh herring and smoked salmon. For something a little different and a lot more sophisticated, try the fine dining restaurant in the LEGO House, whose innovative, playful food is perfectly suited to its setting.

Slightly further afield you can forage for fresh produce and shuck oysters on the east coast of Jutland, then tuck into heartily local fare in the exquisite restaurant of the Hotel Kolding. The Wadden Sea wildlife sanctuary has a fantastc open-air restaurant that’s perfect for twitchers (it’s on the east Atlantic flyway for migrating birds), while Den Gamle Arress is one of the oldest and cosiest cafes in Vejle.