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.

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.