Steeped in history, culture, and famous due to a globally loved toy brand (yes, LEGO®!), Billund has grown to become a bustling tourist destination and is recognized today as one of the best places to go in Denmark.
You’ll love Billund because it appeals to every type of traveler. It also has the ease of being a small town, with an airport, and much of its best attractions are only a short distance from one another, making it an excellent weekend destination.
Whether you’re hunting down the best amusement parks to visit for your upcoming trip, or seeking some insider insights before you commit, we’ve got you covered. From hiking trails to architecture, and even a dash of Danish history, here are the top 10 things to do.
1. Visit the best LEGOLAND® in the world
Many of us have fond childhood memories of playing with the famous plastic blocks that hold so many endless opportunities. What many don’t know, however, is the story “behind the bricks” and the impressive, long legacy of the LEGO® brand itself.
The story first began back in 1932 with Danish master carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen – the owner of a small woodworking shop in Billund that produced wooden household items. He was forced to rethink his product line due to the Great Depression, and by 1935, had shifted entirely into the toy production market. The company name ‘LEGO®’ was then born – an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well”.
By 1949, the purchase of a plastic injection-molding machine transformed the company forever – enabling the production of more than 200 types of toys, including, of course, the famous building bricks. More than 60 successful years later, the company remains within the family and is now owned by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a grandson of the founder.
Say hello to the best rides at LEGOLAND® Billund
History aside, if LEGOLAND® has appeared on your hit list when seeking fun things to do whilst visiting Billund, you’ll be pleased to know that the park has more than 50 exciting rides on offer.
Whether you’re in the mood to cruise on a LEGO® train, hop on the Dragon Roller Coaster, or channel your inner warrior at LEGO Ninjago® World, there’s enough to delight kids (and adults) for days.
🌇 Lover of panoramic views? A popular spot to enjoy some great views is the Monorail. Perched four meters above the ground, this ride provides a superb view of LEGOLAND®. It’s a great choice to soak up aerial views of the best attractions, and arguably, the best way to scope out the whole park.
🎢 Seeking thrills? Hunt down the Polar X-plorer – a polar expedition rollercoaster featuring a 5-meter drop, and high-speed twists and turns amongst arctic LEGO® animals. Or maybe you prefer the X-treme Racers ride? Hop into a car and zip up 50 feet into the air. Hold on tight and prepare for a stomach-flipping drop followed by an abundance of hairpin twists and turns.
🌊 Prefer the water? The LEGO® Canoe will see you soaring through the crashing waves of whitewater rapids. Coasting through three levels, you’ll pass more wild LEGO® animals than you could shake a LEGO® stick at. And of course, it wouldn’t be a water ride if it didn’t all end with an almighty splash!
⭐ Insider tip: Saturday can be a great option for day-trippers as it’s a changeover day for most families staying onsite at the original LEGOLAND® Hotel or the amazing LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel. Staying a little longer? Then we’ll let you into a secret – the busiest days for the park tend to be Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
If you’re opting to visit LEGOLAND® Billund in the summer, time it wisely by going late in the season as Danish children return to school towards the end of August. This is one of the best times to visit as you’ll be able to soak up the warm weather and benefit from a quieter park – leaving you with more time to indulge in the exciting attractions on offer at the best LEGOLAND® in the world.
So, what are you waiting for? If you’re thinking of visiting Billund, grab your LEGOLAND® tickets seamlessly below!
2. Discover the LEGO® House
Next on our list is the truly unique LEGO® House. Designed by Danish architects BIG DK, the house was built with 21 giant LEGO® “bricks” stacked on top of one another. Step inside and be amazed by the incredible offering of experiences for visitors to lose themselves in.
Here, you can become the boss of what you want to build – you can even bring your own LEGO® character to life on a digital dance stage! Children (and children at heart) can let imaginations run wild amongst 25 million bricks and play with LEGO® for hours on end, all while learning about the rich history and ethos of the LEGO® brand.
⭐ Fun fact: one of the biggest LEGO® models in the world is The Tree of Creativity, standing tall at 15 meters high! The tree took over 25,000 hours to assemble and was made from more than 6.3 million bricks. Perhaps you’ll consider building something smaller to maximize your time in Billund. 😉
3. Trailblaze the treetops at WOW PARK, Billund
If you’re visiting Billund, another famous attraction located in the picturesque Danish town is WOW PARK. Here, you’ll discover sky-high fun spread out over an area the size of more than 40 football fields!
Enjoy an awesome day full of physical play and fantasy adventure with friends and family in the great outdoors. Listed as one of the best places to go in Denmark, it has everything from giant swings to a farm yard, suspension bridges at a height of 14 meters, and even underground caves. Once you’ve spent the morning playing in the treetops why not cozy up around one of the campfires and roast up a storm over a roaring fire?
Prefer to eat indoors? Slip into the child-friendly cafe which offers an array of options to suit all tastebuds. Far from your average lunchtime experience, a visit here will likely include an encounter with a giant butterfly and a sensory water wall. Pencil in a trip and see what else you can discover!
⭐ Insider info: food supplies are available to purchase at WOW PARK Billund and grilling tools can be borrowed for free. Visiting in summer? Picnic tables and grills situated in the farmyard park are free for you to use. Sounds like the Danish, outdoor-living summer dream to us.
4. Lap up Scandinavia’s biggest waterpark – Lalandia
Another family-friendly attraction is the buzzing water park and resort, Lalandia. Situated a short three kilometers from LEGOLAND® and much amongst the other rich attractions offered by the famous town, this is one to add to your top 10 list of things to do in Billund on your trip to Denmark.
Opt for either a day visit or mini-break, and stay in one of Lalandia’s popular holiday homes. With so much on offer, it’ll be tough to decide where to begin. You could tumble down water slides, ride some man-made waves or simply enjoy the tropical climate of the Aquadrome.
Little ones in tow? Let them run wild at Monky Tonky Land – a playland filled with exciting activities and engaging workshops too. Whether you want to scope out some shops, seek thrills or enjoy a long, lazy lunch, Lalandia is awash with shops, cafes and restaurants for you to spend your time at.
So, whether you’re planning a day visit or something a little longer in Lalandia, there’s a great deal waiting for you to keep all of the family energized and entertained.
⭐ Insider info: Lalandia is a large park, measuring 10,000 m²! If you’re staying overnight, consider hopping aboard the Lalandia Express to seamlessly transport you from A to B.
5. Stroll through Skulpturpark
Halfway through our top 10 sights is Skulpturpark. An eclectic fusion between nature and art, Billund’s Sculpture Park features 19 awe-inspiring sculptures made from granite, steel, bronze, and ceramic materials. Works include Qian Sihua’s “Give Me a Kiss” from 2016, “A Meeting” by Hans August Andersen from 1995, and Pontus Kjerrman’s “Welcome to My World” from 2001.
If you’re already visiting Billund, a stroll along the 1.3-kilometer path will certainly serve as a welcome break from the bustling crowds as you surround yourself with greenery and nature.
⭐ Fun fact: Skulptupark was first established in 1991. The vision for the park’s future is to add another 35 sculptures into the mix!
6. Immerse yourself in the Playline
While visiting Billund, another option to explore the small town on foot is to follow the Playline. This route will thread you through most of the attractions already mentioned in this blog post but with much more on offer – so you can check out all of the sights of Billund, from the East to the West of the city center.
The concept of the Playline is the offering of an immersive and interesting route through the city. Expect to wander through the remarkable Sculpture Park, Løvehuset (LEGO® founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen’s house), while engaging in activities for children of all ages.
⭐ Fun fact: The Playline Walk aligns with Billund’s vision to be known as the Capital of Children – where children learn through play and can be creative world citizens. Very fitting for a country that’s always ranked among the top three happiest countries in the world!
7. Scope out Syvårssøerne’s natural landscape
On the doorstep of Billund (we’re talking a 6-minute drive from the center) is the stunning nature reserve, Syvårssøerne. Featuring a blend of forest, sandy plains, vast landscapes, and hills. Nature lover, or not, this is a spot that can be admired by all.
Teeming with an abundance of trails to choose from, whether you’re a seasoned hiker, mountain biker, or simply enjoy a casual stroll, you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding to spend the day at Syvårssøerne. Just don’t forget to pack a picnic!
If you’re visiting during the summer months, expect to be greeted by a remarkable landscape full of beautifully blossomed heathers – one of the many features that make this nature reserve a natural gem of the country and one of the best places to go in Denmark.
⭐ Fun fact: Syvårssøerne translates to The Seven Lakes in English. Rumor has it that you need to visit before the lakes disappear, otherwise you’ll face waiting a full seven years until they come again.
8. Visit the treasure trove of Bindeballe Kobmandsgaard
This unique tourist spot is only a 15-minute drive away from Billund and might just tickle your fancy of unusual places to see. Step inside Bindeballe Kobmandsgaard and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back to when the shop was first created back in 1897. If oddities and rarities are your thing, then this shop and mini museum may be right up your street.
This local store resembles what can only be described as a treasure trove of old Danish goods and other nostalgic items collected from around the world. Spend some time here trawling through history and learning about old-fashioned toys and household items. You can also soak up some Danish hospitality by pausing for tea and cake at the delicious onsite cafe.
Don’t forget to pop across the street before you leave to see the old, local train station that closed in 1957. Part of the former Vejle-Vandel-Grindsted railway which ran 23.2 kilometers, if hiking is your thing, then this may well be one for your list when looking into best places to go in Denmark.
Described as a moderately hard route, you can actually hike along the old railway line beginning at Bindeballe, all the way to Vejle – a very popular route and area for camping, backpacking and hiking.
⭐ Insider info: tick off seeing Syvårssøerne and Bindeballe Kobmandsgaard in one day as there are only 6.5 Kilometers between them which is a 12-minute drive.
9. Go wild at Givskud Zoo
What top 10 list of top attractions would be complete without a zoo? Givskud Zoo opened back in 1969 and was originally called “Løveparken” (the lion park). Take a guess at which species of animal the zoo solely enclosed! In 1970, Asian elephants arrived in Givskud, forcing a re-think of the name. Fast-forward to today and the park now has more than 70 different species and more than 700 animals.
Givskud Zoo is an excellent option for animal lovers with the added benefit for those who prefer to check out zoo’s from the comfort of their own car. Prefer to explore on foot? Meet and greet tigers, gorillas, rhinos, spiders, otters, and plenty more.
If you have dinosaur fans in your group then you’ll be pleased to hear that Givskud Zoo has the largest dinosaur exhibition in the whole of Denmark. Can you tell the difference between a Stegosaurus and a Spinosaurus? Fear not, there are 50 full-sized dinosaur replicas for you to inspect – including a T-Rex that reaches a staggering height of around 40 meters!
⭐ Insider info: if you’re looking into things to do in Billund, Givskud Zoo is only a 25-minute drive North-East of Billund town – making it an excellent option for a day trip by car hire or taxi.
10. Check out Copenhagen (like a local)
Famously pictured for the multicolored townhouses that skirt the canals in the city center, if you haven’t visited the Danish capital of Copenhagen, then you need to add it to your bucket list. Immediately.
Named as one of the happiest cities to live in Europe, the best way to explore this vibrant city (aside from on a bike) is to acquire a Copenhagen pass. With this, you can gain entry to Tivoli Gardens, Denmark’s iconic amusement park that’s been thrilling families for generations; the National Museum of Denmark, where you can take a deep dive into medieval history, Viking Llore, and plenty more!
You’ll also get a 10% discount code for all other venues in Copenhagen, including Christiansborg Palace, the National Gallery of Denmark, Hard Rock Café, and Kronborg Castle.
⭐Insider info: fancy touring Copenhagen like a local? Find a handful of insider tips here.
Whether you’re a thrill seeker or an immerse-yourself-in-local-culture lover, if you’ve already chosen to visit Billund, why not make the most of your trip? Check out more of the best places to do in Denmark and explore new cities, museums, and the best attractions.