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    Billund – a brief overview

    Often described as Denmark’s answer to Milton Keynes, Billund might not have any concrete cows but it does have a similarly modern pedigree. Although a village has existed on the site since 1454, most of Billund was built between the 1930s and 1960s following the success of the nearby Lego factory. Most of what’s on offer in Billund itself revolves around the huge and much-visited Legoland with its cleverly created

    miniatures of iconic Copenhagen landmarks. There’s also a beautiful church and sculpture park, although not a great deal else. Instead, head out towards the towns of Vejle, Kolding, Ribe and Jelling where you’ll find UNESCO-listed Viking monuments, incredible nature trails and a smattering of interesting museums.

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    Billund Kirke

    Hans Jensensvej 4
    7190 Billund
    Denmark
    Tel: 7676 7601
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 0930-1200
    Thu 1600-1800

    Aptly for a town largely built by Lego, Billund’s church resembles nothing so much as a gigantic Lego brick, dominated by straight lines and Le Corbusier-style modernist architecture.

    Legoland

    Nordmarksvej 9
    7190 Billund
    Denmark
    Tel: 7533 1333
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800 (Apr-Oct)
    extended opening hours to 2000 or 2100 in summer

    Legoland is a functional fairyland, Denmark’s most visited tourist attraction and home to Copenhagen’s main sights in miniature as well as a Chinese 4D cinema.

    Geografisk Have

    Christian 4 Vej 23
    6000 Kolding
    Denmark
    Tel: 7550 3880
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800 (May-Oct)

    Set in the heart of the picturesque market town of Kolding, the 12-hectare Geographical Gardens are an eccentric mixture of farm animals and manicured lawns, as well as rare flora such as the Chinese dove tree.

    Kongens Kær

    Ribe Landevej 170
    7100 Vejle
    Denmark
    Tel: 7681 0000
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    The 40-hectare wetland park is home to Europe’s largest bird of prey, the rare white-tailed eagle, and a number of hiking trails perfect for a postprandial stroll.

    Royal Jelling

    Gormsgade 23
    7300 Jelling
    Denmark
    Tel: 4120 6331
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1500

    One of Denmark’s four UNESCO-listed sites, the Viking Royal Jelling was erected by the Viking king Gorm and his son Harald Bluetooth, and celebrates the latter’s conquest of Norway and Denmark, as well as his conversion of the pair to Christianity.

    Smidstrup & Omegns Museum

    Præstegårdsvej 74
    7000 Fredericia
    Denmark
    Tel: 7586 0142
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    Opening times:
    Thu and Sun 1400-1700 (May-Sep)

    This small Fredericia museum recreates 17th-century Danish country life in exhaustive detail, with everything from food to farming skills covered in a series of exhibitions.

    Trapholt

    Æblehaven 23
    6000 Kolding
    Denmark
    Tel: 7630 0530
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    Opening times:
    Tue and Thu-Sun 1000-1700
    Wed 1000-2000

    The only gallery in Denmark to mix modern art with design, Trapholt also boasts an Arne Jacobsen-designed summerhouse and galleries crammed with creations by artists such as ceramicist Morten Løbner Espersen and contemporary fashion and interior designers.

    Skulpturpark Billund

    Hans Jensensvej
    7190 Billund
    Denmark
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    A pretty 1.3km stretch of parkland that sits between the cafés of the central boulevards and the cluster of hotels around Legoland, the park was renovated in 2011 and has 17 permanent sculptures including Jens Galschiøt’s elegant Little Prince.

    Givskud Zoo

    Løveparkvej 3
    7323 Give
    Denmark
    Tel: 7573 0222
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-2000 (Jul-early Aug)
    daily 1000-1800 (Aug)
    closing times vary each day from Apr-Jun and Sep-Oct

    Between Billund and Vejle, Givskud Zoo opened in 1959 as a lion-only affair but swiftly expanded and is now home to more than 700 animals, including gorillas and rhinos.

    Koldinghus

    Koldinghus 1
    6000 Kolding
    Denmark
    Tel: 7633 8100
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    A Danish royal castle founded by Cristoffer I in 1268, this building has been everything from fortress to regal residence and now, a museum.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    Denmark is a secret utopia of tidy cities, picturesque countryside, efficient infrastructure and commendable public services, and is a country whose only fault is lack of winter sunshine. Museums, festivals, architecture and shopping will easily distract the most enthusiastic of visitors, and for those looking to take it easy, the outdoors offer endless opportunities for country walks and seaside breaks.

    Denmark’s capital Copenhagen is a remarkable city with well-preserved medieval streets, renowned art galleries and Michelin-starred restaurants. Finding something to do is never a problem and if all else fails, just admiring the streets with a hotdog in hand is an enjoyable way to spend a few hours.

    Geography

    Denmark is the smallest Scandinavian country, consisting of the Jutland peninsula, north of Germany, and over 400 islands of various sizes, some inhabited and linked to the mainland by ferry or bridge. The landscape consists mainly of low-lying, fertile countryside broken by beech woods, small lakes and fjords. Greenland and the Faroe Islands are also under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark, although both have home rule.

    The Faroe Islands is a group of 18 islands in the North Atlantic inhabited by a population of 49,709 (2013), whose history dates back to the Viking period. Fishing and sheep farming are the two most important occupations. Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroes, is served by direct flights from Copenhagen. During the summer months, there are direct flights from Aberdeen and Glasgow.

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    Key facts

    Population: 5556452

    Population Density (per sq km): 129

    Capital: Copenhagen.

    Language

    The official language is Danish. Many Danes also speak English, German or French.

    Currency

    Danish Krone (DKK; symbol kr) = 100 øre. Notes are in denominations of kr1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Coins are in denominations of kr20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 and 50 øre.

    The 25 øre coin was removed from circulation in October 2008 but will be accepted by banks until 1 October 2011.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Continental two-pin plugs are standard. On many campsites, 110-volt power plugs are also available.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700 (some offices close earlier on Fridays).

    Country information

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Maundy Thursday: 17. April 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Sunday: 20. April 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Great Prayer Day: 16. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Constitution Day: 05. June 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Maundy Thursday: 02. April 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Sunday: 05. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Great Prayer Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Constitution Day: 05. June 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Billund

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    Billund isn’t really the place to party – for that, you need to head to the nearby student town of Ribe.

    Vejle and Kolding are also home to a smattering of good bars but this is not a place to come if you’re planning to go clubbing.

    Tartan Pub

    Dæmningen 40
    7100 Vejle
    Denmark
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    As the name suggests, this spot has whisky galore and a warm Caledonian welcome.

    Knud’s Garage

    Munkegade 5
    6000 Kolding
    Denmark
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    Crammed with an ever-changing display of contemporary art, Knud’s specialises in cognac.

    Café Strygejernet

    Dagmarsgade 1
    6760 Ribe
    Denmark
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    A cosy little watering hole with outdoor seating and prices that won’t break the bank.

    Svanen

    Nordmarksvej 8
    7190 Billund
    Denmark
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    Hotel Svanen’s stylish lounge bar has a good selection of beer and wine.

    Crazy Daisy

    Noerregade 65
    7100 Vejle
    Denmark
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    A cheerful Vejle nightclub that’s packed with locals at weekends.

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    Restaurants in Billund

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    Danish food has a well-deserved reputation for excellence and the fare found in and around Billund is no exception. Consider avoiding Legoland’s overpriced Disney-style cafés

    and instead head out into the countryside for home-cooked traditional food made from fresh local produce.

    Henne Kirkeby Kro

    Strandvejen 234
    6854 Henne
    Denmark
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    Price: Expensive

    A charming inn west of Billund, with an award-winning take on traditional Danish cuisine.

    Sønder Omme Kro

    Hovedgaden 1
    7260 Sønder-Omme
    Denmark
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    Price: Expensive

    Danish home cooking served up in a slick modern restaurant.

    A Hereford Beefstouw

    Helligkorsgade 20
    6000 Kolding
    Denmark
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    Price: Moderate

    As the name suggests, beef stew is indeed on the menu and excellent it is too.

    Caféen

    Klostergade 1
    7100 Vejle
    Denmark
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    Price: Moderate

    This might be in an old prison but it’s stylish enough to give Copenhagen’s finest a run for their money.

    Café Surprise

    Jernbanegade 3
    7200 Grindsted
    Denmark
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    Price: Cheap

    Haute cuisine is thin on the ground but prices are low and portions large.

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    Calendar of events

    Super September Shows

    6 – 27 September 2014
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    Venue: LEGOLAND.

    Every Saturday afternoon in September, kids in LEGOLAND’s concert square are treated to fantastic live entertainment from popular Danish TV presenters and characters. Expect a programme of comedy, music and puppets, plus loads of fun activities and competitions to keep young visitors busy.

    Halloween in LEGOLAND

    11 – 19 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: LEGOLAND.

    Screams and shrieks are guaranteed as LEGOLAND is transformed into an eerie, creepy world for Halloween. Ghosts, ghouls and goblins mingle with vampires, monsters and scary spiders. Visitors can join a ghost hunt, solve a Halloween mystery or try a spooky snack.

    Billund Night (Billund Natten)

    25 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Billund Centre and other venues.

    Held every other year in even years, Billund’s cultural night includes a brilliant programme of singing, music, workshops, outdoor activities and all sorts of weird and inventive performances. In odd years, Grindsted (13km west of Billund) takes the reins and hosts its own cultural festival.

    End of Season Fireworks, LEGOLAND

    2 November 2014
    Website

    Venue: LEGOLAND.

    As the sun sets for the day and for the season, watching the night-time illumination of Miniland is thrilling for kids young and old. Before the gates close for the year, park visitors wrap up warm and enjoy a dazzling fireworks display over the King’s Castle.

    Jelling Music Festival (Jelling Musikfestival)

    1 – 30 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Jelling, 24km east of Billund.

    Big-name Danish acts dominate the line-up at this outdoor rock festival, but international artists always hit the stage too – Status Quo, Ozzy Osbourne and Franz Ferdinand have all played here. Usually held in the last weekend of May, the event has grown into one of Denmark’s must-do summer festivals.

    Jutlander Festival (Jydefesten)

    1 May – 30 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in Sønder-Omme, 22km northwest of Billund.

    Five days of frivolities draw huge crowds to Sønder-Omme’s annual festival. Kids line the side of the roads to watch the grand parade. Teenagers pile onto whirring, flashing carnival rides. There are plenty of interesting stalls to check out too, plus a packed programme of live bands.

    Town Festival (Byens Fest)

    5 – 6 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Anlægget Park.

    Held in an open-air amphitheatre and marquee in Anlægget Park, this festival kicks off with food, theatre and live bands on the Friday night. Families flock to the second day for a mini triathlon, falcon displays, dog shows, terrific concerts, homemade cake and an eclectic assortment of market stalls.

    Vorbasse Market

    17 – 19 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Vorbasse, around 14km south of Billund.

    Around a quarter of a million visitors head to this annual horse and flea market, which dates back nearly 300 years. It’s a huge occasion, with families pitching tents and parking caravans nearby, around 750 horses, 650 stalls, craft demonstrations and adrenaline-inducing fairground rides.

    LEGOLAND Open-Air Concert

    16 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: LEGOLAND.

    Screaming tweens, teens (and quite possibly the mums) are in heaven at this annual open-air concert, laid on by LEGOLAND every August. Denmark’s favourite pop hunks are sure to make an appearance, and there are tents with Lego-building activities on hand when the kids need a break.

    Triangle Region Festival (Trekantområdets Festuge)

    22 – 31 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    The six municipalities of Denmark’s Triangle Region host a cultural festival encompassing the wacky and the traditional, from zombie-inspired spectacles to boat trips featuring live musicians. Hikers might encounter avant-garde sculptures on an art trail, while bus passengers may be treated to an impromptu on-board theatrical performance.

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    Hotels in Billund

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    Look beyond Legoland’s theme park hotels to the cosy country inns that dot the pretty Danish countryside around Billund.

    In the town itself, options are limited but there is one luxury option in the shape of Hotel Svanen.

    Hotel Propellen

    Nordmarksvej 3
    7190 Billund
    Denmark
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    Category: Expensive

    A large city hotel close to Legoland, Hotel Propellen has an excellent spa and sauna.

    Hotel Svanen

    Nordmarksvej 8
    7190 Billund
    Denmark
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    Category: Expensive

    Super stylish and conveniently located in the centre of Billund.

    Billund Kro

    Buen 6
    7190 Billund
    Denmark
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    Category: Cheap

    A comfortable sleeping spot with simply furnished rooms.

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    Climate & best time to visit Denmark

    Summer extends from June to August, which are also the best months to visit. Winter is from December to March, and tends to be wet with long periods of frost and dark days. Spring and autumn are generally mild.

    The Faroe Islands are under the influence of the warm current of the Gulf Stream, and they enjoy a very mild climate for the latitude. Winters are warm, but the islands are cloudy, windy and wet throughout the year. Summers are cool, but with little sunshine.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +45

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is excellent.

    Internet

    Internet cafés are available in most urban areas, and most hotels offer a Wi-Fi connection in rooms.

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    Shopping in Billund

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    Key Areas

    Billund’s retail offering is fairly run of the mill although the town (and the surrounding ones) is home to a gem or two. Booze fans should head to Kløvermarken, the home of Billund’s brewery which, unusually, specialises in honey-based mead. For a unique piece of clothing, Huset Ølholm in nearby Grindsted is a good place to start and sells handmade textiles created using traditional Danish techniques.

    Markets

    Grindsted is home to a flea market where you can find everything from food to antiques each Saturday, while in Billund, Christmas is the best time for market shopping thanks to a large traditional market.

    Shopping Centres

    City Vejle is a good place for high-street brands and supermarkets, while the Herning Centret has a similar, if larger, bill of fare.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Normal courtesies should be observed. Guests should refrain from drinking until the host toasts his or her health. Casual dress is suitable for most places but formal wear is required at more exclusive dining rooms and social functions.

    Smoking is banned on public transport and in public buildings. Smoking is only allowed in bars smaller than 40 sq metres (131 sq ft) and most restaurants and pubs have designated outdoor smoking areas.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

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