Opened in 1968, Legoland Billund Resort is the first and original Legoland park, with millions of people flocking to it every year. It is located next to the original Lego factory and close to Denmark’s second largest airport, Billund Airport. While researching where we went in Denmark, I decided (and assured X) that we should go to Legoland because we’ve never been there, and Lego was invented in Denmark! I remember my mom bought my brother and I had a box of Lego basic kits (at the time I think Lego was very simple and she didn’t have the exact kits they now offer) and I love to put them together – build houses for people and weird and random and unknown things.
TRAIN FROM Copenhagen TO VEJLE
Vejle is the nearest train station to Legoland, and we spend the night there (after returning from Legoland).
Orange tickets are discounts on train tickets sold by DSB (a Danish railway company). These tickets are only available on a limited basis online (money must be paid by credit card) and you can start buying tickets 2 months before the departure date. We “aim” for the website and bought discounted train tickets from Coepnhagen to Vejle for 1/3 of the original price!
Odense is the third largest city in Denmark with about 174,000 inhabitants. It is located 167 kilometers southwest of Copenhagen. Odense was our destination in Vejle where we spent one night. We rented bikes from our AirBnB hosts and cycled through Odense, which is undoubtedly the best way to get around the city. Another way to explore Odense is a river cruise that departs from Munke Moses (Mon and Marsh) and stops at Odense Zoo and Fruens Bége (Lady es Beech) – but the ratings are really 50/50, so we decided to ignore it. Despite its name, the paper boat is made of unpolished stainless steel by Erik Heide and H.C. Andersen Garden, a nice place to have lunch (a sandwich I made as a meal in Denmark is too expensive!)
One possible reason why Odense is popular with tourists is that it is the author of Hans Christian Andersen, many popular fairy tales – The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling (my favorite!), The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea, The Thumb. , little girl … just to name a few! H.C. The Andersen Festivals is a week-long event held in Odense once a year in August – and we were really lucky to visit Odense during the festival (if only for one day). I do not know why we did it, but we really polkupyöräsimme Odense in Funen Village – which took about 20-30 minutes (Goggle Maps said, in fact, for 15 minutes, but I’m slow and terrible cyclist oops). The path is mostly flat and a small slope along the road from L’ss’egade.
You can also take bus 110 or 111 towards Broby and get off at Den Fynske Landsby and then walk less than 3 minutes to town (bus schedule here). Or the train to Fruens Bége station, but the village can be reached on foot in about 15 minutes.
If you happen to be on a river cruise, you can also get off Lady’s Beech and walk about 10 minutes away. We were able to play H.C. Andersen Museum – it is mainly in Danish and English translations from the narrator – where we see the characters H.C. Bring Andersen’s stories to life. Since Odense is H.C. Andersen is (and because he’s so popular), it’s only natural that a lot of sculptures are attached to him all over Odense – fun to find them!
If you’re in Odense and you have free time, you might be interested in visiting Funen Village, an open-air museum designed to show visitors the lives of people who lived in Funen in the 19th century.
When we were there on a weekday, the village was much quieter (except for the school days that visited the village that day) and there wasn’t much activity. Funen Village is also a great place for a picnic as the village has lots of benches.