The mythical Legoland. As any little kid knows – when you crack open a box of lego there are also some exciting promotional pamphlets hidden inside which have pictures of all the lego models and cute little danish kiddies building them. They all seemed to live in a wonderful place where there is an endless supply of lego bricks. But unfortunately this place is always very far away! Particularly if you come from Australia. But I can now confirm for everyone that Legoland actually exists! For many many years I had been wanting to go and finally I made it there with the expert organisational skills of The Lovely Wife who organised a special three day trip to Denmark.
Legoland is located in Billund. And if you are hopeless at geography like me you won’t even know where it is. Or even how to get there. And getting to Billund proved to be the most difficult part as it is not located in the most easily connected places from Paris. In the end we took a flight from Paris to Copenhagen and spent one night there, then took a 2 hour train across Denmark and spent two nights in a village called Vejle which was close to Billund. This was to avoid the crazily priced hotels in Billund – although they might have actually been worth it if we’d stayed in a Lego themed room in the middle of Legoland! With maybe some Lego bricks to play with…. but maybe next time…
I think someone else also realised that Billund was not so well connected to the rest of the world so to fix this they built their own airport! We then used this on the Sunday and flew out to Amsterdam for an 1 hour wait and then back to Paris. So it was a long round-a-bout trip. But it was worth it!
Everyone we met in Denmark was really friendly and spoke excellent English. Some of the highlights were:
- We had a typical hotdog from a hotdog stand in Copenhagen
- Tried to watch our money as it was really really expensive!
- Walked along the longest pedestrian street in the world (apparently) in Copenhagen
- Saw the little mermaid (along with busloads of random tourists) in Copenhagen
- Ate some typical danish food of: roast boar and meat balls in Vejle, and then on another night an all you can eat potato event (along with some steak and chicken)
- Had a big breakfast at the hotel including lots of bacon and scrambled eggs!
- And… visited Legoland for a whole day which was the highlight of the trip! We did look a bit out of place with no little kiddies running around next to us but I did my best to make up for it. All the models were really detailed and impressively big and some of them included lots of moving little trucks, trains and boats. Although there weren’t any actual little Lego people in the models, they had made them a bit bigger out of actual lego bricks. We saw a few 4D video shows and did some of the rides although we skipped most of the dangerous looking ones. The Lovely Wife even fulfilled a life long ambition as well and become a Lego fire truck operator for a few minutes. Luckily we also got the right bus back to Veilje as The Lovely Wife used her detective skills and worked out the timetable to make sure we ended up going in the right direction! It was a great day and hopefully one day we can go back!