Centrally located on the mainland of Denmark, Billund is perhaps most famous as the birthplace of LEGO...
... 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.
As with dining, Billund size is something of a limitation here, but you'll find a few bars and nightclubs within the confines of the higher-end local hotels.
If you really want to let your hair down, it’s best to travel out to Vejle, a slightly buzzier city that is home to several nightclubs and the lively Crazy Daisy complex. The popular nightclub, located at Noerregade 65, pumps out a mixtures of genres – from retro kitsch to contemporary pop – and draws in large and varied crowds.
Nestled in a charming old Danish building, the bar at Jelling Kro is also popular with tourists who like its authentic setting and relaxed atmosphere, while Vaeksthuset i Torvehallerne, housed inside the Svanen hotel, is frequented by a younger crowds (and has live bands on weekends). It's decked out with wooden tables and snazzy Italian furniture. Prices can be slightly on the high side, but Svanen has a good mix of fine local and international wine and spirits to take the edge off.