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Billund is the capital of LEGOLAND, and a large European and international family vacation centre.

Everyone knows what LEGO is – for millions of people, these universal construction toys were essential for childhood. Time has proven that these toys can be used to build almost anything. Billund is home to the world’s first LEGO factory and LEGOLAND park, which opened its doors in 1968. Every exhibit here is made from LEGO.

This Danish city is an obvious example of how to develop and use a brand name. Up until 1960, Billund was going through a slump. Having to deal with recurrent fires, the LEGO factory (which, at that time, was producing wooden toys) switched to making plastic constructor sets – a decision that finally got it over the crisis. Soon after, the company became known internationally. Later, the impetus for the city’s continued growth came from building its international airport and the opening of the LEGOLAND Park.

Legoland, Billund
Photo taken by News Oresund, flickr.com.  Legoland, Billund

The park has an area of 100,000 m2 and consists of eight thematic zones. The most important of these is the Miniland, where you’ll find the world’s most interesting architectural monuments and the most famous Danish sights in miniature form. Here you’ll also find the Imagination Zone, the Knight’s Zone, the Pirate Zone and a few others.

If even adults get enthusiastic, you can only imagine the excitement of children. Here not only can you take part in thematic tours and visit various attractions, but also simply relax – the park has rich and varied flora, a zoo with many representatives of the world’s fauna, and a racetrack. Every year, LEGOLAND is visited by up to 1.5 million tourists from around the globe. The park is open March through mid-autumn.

Legoland, Billund
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Legoland, Billund

Sometimes tourists get the opportunity to visit the LEGO factory itself. However, these tours are exclusive, fairly expensive and available just a few times a year.

The visitors of Billund can choose from a wide variety of different hotels – from luxurious apartments to camp sites. Even the LEGOLAND Park has its own hotel, called Hotel LEGOLAND.

Legoland, Billund
Photo taken by stachelbeer, flickr.com.  Legoland, Billund

As for the city itself, Billund, home to around 6,000 people, is characterised by its narrow streets with little houses on each side, making it look more like a provincial town, rather than an administrative centre. The city’s name comes from the gloomy woods that used to cover its territory. The place-name Billund consists of two words: bi, meaning a bee, and lund, meaning a grove. Billund is very green and surrounded by moors, beech and conifer woods, and lush meadows.

The city also has a 13th-century church – a true monument to Roman architecture – a theatre, a library, a Dutch-style mill and an exhibition hall. Here you’ll find many catering establishments, although most serve either traditional dishes or fast food. If you want something more inventive, we recommend you visit Vejle, located 30 kilometres away.

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