Someone came up with the idea to build a LEGO House in Billund, where the LEGO company was born – a place where history will be shown, where you can immerse yourself in Lego (literally!), and where you will see a combination of traditional bricks and modern technology at every turn. Could it have gone wrong?
Billund = Legoland. This is the first thought when talking about the town of Billund. And yes, as much as possible we should associate it with Legos, because this is where it all started, but for us Billund will be more than just Legoland. We will associate the city with the history of a small company initially producing wooden toys, which has grown to become one of the largest international toy companies in the world. A company that provided employment for most of the local community and on whose operation they were so dependent.
And despite the fact that nowadays the production of bricks also takes place in other parts of the world, it is evident that the city is still alive with history, is closely connected with Lego, and thanks to the influx of visitors is quite prosperous.
However, one should not rest on one’s laurels and encourage tourists with only one type of entertainment, as Legoland in Billund was for a long time. It was decided to build a LEGO House here – something that may at first glance resemble a museum or a building erected in honor of the founder of… Nothing could be further from the truth! LEGO House is a completely different kind of entertainment and experience. A place where an adult can feel like a child and a child can feel like an adult, because after all, that’s what life is all about, right? ;)
Staying at LEGO House was an amazing, one-of-a-kind experience. And believe us – we were not avid Lego fans before. As children we had a few sets, we liked to play with them, but when the age came for Technic we somehow naturally began to be interested in other things. We bought several Duplo sets for Olive because they are sturdy, develop imagination and there are trains, animals (even pandas!), and everything fits together. Simple and aesthetically pleasing. And that’s where our knowledge and interest in the company ended.
However, when the opportunity to go away for the weekend arose, we decided to look for and read a little more about this evanescence – how is it possible that the company has been in operation for so long, creating compatible blocks that are already enjoyed by successive generations of youngsters? And we got screwed. Even before we left, we watched a video on Netflix telling the story of the company (remember the SYSTEM slogan), so we were able to pay attention to every detail, even the smallest ones, at LEGO House on site.
If you do not get acquainted with the company’s history – nothing lost. On level -1 there is an entire exhibition dedicated to the origins of the company, the first wooden toys, the first sets of blocks, the ups and downs. There is also a cinema room with an animated movie showing the family business, which we also recommend – it’s short, lasting about 15-20 minutes, but there are nice cushions in the room to lie down on, so that even Olive sat staring at the big screen without any problems ;)
But let’s go back to the beginning of our LEGO House adventure. Already before entering the building, giant blocks await us, and the whole building looks a bit like it was built from Lego. Inside, before you even enter through the gates you can freely play with the white and red blocks scattered on the carpets!
There are 25 million bricks in the entire Lego House! There’s also a store in front of the entrance where you can play with various kits, a restaurant, which was one of the biggest WOWs during the visit (more on that later), and locker rooms and bathrooms. Of course, everything adapted for toddlers!
Ba! Even the ice cream is made of Legos ;)
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LEGO House tour
He walks around the grounds of LEGO House with name bracelets and barcodes. Already at the entrance, after scanning your wristband at the gates, a welcoming message with your name appears. It is worthwhile to act with this band where you can and (this is very important!) not to throw it away! At the very end, through a special app, you can download all the photos you took during your visit to LEGO House. The app needs the numbers from the wristband and therefore cannot be lost.
On the first floor, the first thing that catches the eye is a giant tree built of Legos – the Tree of Creativity. It climbs all the way to the top, and we can see different scenes on the leaves, from different sets of blocks. On the tree, symbolic toys were also carved into the “bark,” including. wooden duck, which was one of the company’s first toys.
On the first floor, we can learn how many figures can be built with just 6 identical Lego bricks, measuring 2×4 [spoiler alert: 915,103,765 different combinations ;-))], see dozens of them, and…. get a dedicated figure just from these 6 red blocks! Right next to it works a machine that produces red blocks, then packs 6 pieces each into small bags. Visitors receive such mini kits as a souvenir and everlasting fun :)
We started our tour with the underground, where fewer visitors arrive. Here you can see a screening of a movie about the history of Lego, and believe us, our never-never-to-be-attached-even-for-a-second comforter was able to sit through the entire movie! In addition to chairs, there are cushions and poufs on which you can lie back and watch a movie in silence. By the way, the video is also available on Youtube: here.
But it’s not just the film that is the attraction here. Here we can see an exhibition showing the history of the company, including the first wooden toys produced here, the history and construction of the bricks themselves, view the various Lego sets and be inspired by the interesting quotes floating on the walls. The memories come flooding back, and we couldn’t take our eyes off the sets we grew up on.
And we can’t help but mention here some interesting tidbits related to the company. Note the Lego blocks and casting molds “buried” in the floor – they symbolize the old molds poured in the ground with concrete, which were once used to produce blocks so that no one would ever use them, including, of course, the competition before the patent expired ;)
The second curiosity is related to a certain Lego set – the yellow castle, production of which began in the late 1970s. Strange that yellow? Well, sure… So what guided the producers and creators? Well, they were panic-stricken that someone might accuse them of being able to build a gun/tank out of gray blocks! Therefore, no sets were produced in these colors. Sounds a bit absurd, doesn’t it? However, it should be remembered that those were different times, and a few years later Lego decided to release a gray, more traditional castle for sale.
We continued the tour from the top floor, descending slowly downward. And right at the top, our jaws dropped when we saw the giant dinosaurs built with Duplo, Lego and Technic – we were in the Masterpiece Gallery!
Olive immediatelyzłthe cats and dogs she knows so well from her kits, and here they were peacefully squatting on the dinosaurs’ hands.
There are display cases with various constructions with credited authors – a place where you can find works of art by people who chose Lego as a way to create small works of art.
Below are 4 floors marked with different colors: red, green, yellow and blue, and each is a different type of attraction.
The red zone is the creativity zone – creativity stimulated thanks to the 2.5 million blocks located on this level! There are giant waterfalls and a Lego and Duplo pool that the little ones can even enter.
We spent most of our time in the quiet and focus zone – that is, where you build pictures from the smallest individual blocks on small square tiles! An amazing test of patience and creativity :)
In the red zone, slightly older children can enjoy creative activities with a teacher(Creative Lab).
The yellow zone is an emotion zone, where with the help of various boards, blocks and tools kids can explore and learn about emotions. And this is helped, for example, by duplo sets with smiley faces with different emotions, or Fish Designer, which is the creation of your own aquatic creatures that later come to life: thanks to block scanners, you can watch on screens how they swim and cope in an aquatic environment.
You can also build beautiful flowers here and make the blocks dance and jump thanks to small vibrating platforms.
The green zone is the explorer zone, and this is where we probably spent the most time. First, the mock-ups – amazing, detailed, moving mock-ups that you can look at for hours.
It is also interesting scenes and stories relating to various world events. And it’s hard to believe that you can build such fantastic Lego mockups….
The next part is Character Creator, the place where you can find thousands of heads, trunks, legs and accessories from which to create your own characters. At first we were not interested, but we decided to create our little family and it began ;) We probably spent half an hour looking for the right characters and accessories. Finally, the people can be placed in special showcases with the camera, choose a background and be on the cover of a magazine, for example. Super deal!
In this zone you can also play small directors – choose a crew for your film, write a script and ACTION! For toddlers we have once again a Duplo zone, this time with various mock-ups, tables where you can play roles, build streets, houses, pens with animals….
The blue zone is the zone of logical thinking. And it might seem more for older children or even adults, but believe us the little ones won’t be bored either. For them, there is a special zone here with Duplo trains, where they can lay and connect the tracks on which the trains later run at will. It was here that we decided that such a set could not be missing from our home collection (ah that marketing!).
For those who are a little older, the part to build their own vehicles, test their safety, and then race against other racers on short courses is great. Here the most fun was had by both Dad and Olive :) For the older ones there is Robo Lab, where you control Arctic robots, and even more interesting fun is City Architect, a city simulator, something like Sim City, where you create a city by arranging the various elements – here Paweł could spend hours.…
Wow… I guess that’s it for the paid part of LEGO House. Remember to use the various camera booths during the trip, because later you will get all the photos you took along the way via the app.
However, this is not the end of the attractions at the LEGO House itself, because after such a dose of excitement you need to eat something….
Restaurant at LEGO House
Downstairs, on the first floor, there is a cafe and a restaurant. We were severely hungry and needed a rest so we immediately headed to the restaurant.
We were seated at a table with several bags of Legos, a container of Legos for cutlery and a small screen. After a while, a lady from the servicezłand gave us the menu and told us how we could order food. And then it knocked us into our chairs.
First of all, the prices – they are fixed and incredibly high. A meal for an adult costs 169 DKK (almost 100 zł), and for a child 98 DKK (about 57 zł), and is composed by choosing one dish from each category (starch, meat, side dishes).
The price does not include soup, dessert or drinks. And so, after ordering two sets for adults and one for a child, plus drinks, we concluded that this would probably be our most expensive visit to the restaurant…. BUT, it is a unique and one-of-a-kind restaurant.
And that’s the second reason it knocked us into our chairs. First of all, the order composes with the Legos that were waiting for us on the table. Each block corresponds to a different element of the meal. After selecting and combining the right blocks, you put them in a special drawer under the screen, and then the magic happens :)
The screen shows what we ordered, and the little nimble Lego people are already flying to the kitchen and preparing our meals. At one point, we were afraid that the food would be built out of blocks :)
You can see the entire ordering process on our Instagram in a transcribed account from Billund (you can find it here).
After a short wait, we received information that our dishes were ready and we had to pick them up. And they are collected from Lego robots in Lego containers! And it must be said that the portions really were sizable, good and filling. Now we would only take two servings, because we would quietly have enough. A nice touch was also the little Lego human in Olive’s kit.
Definitely a visit to this restaurant will be remembered for a long time! Not only because of the high bill ;)
We got screwed! We’ve dabbled as much as possible in the Lego System. House of Lego is an amazing museum, a creative, interactive and educational place. It is also a place where adults can feel like children, go back in time to their first toys and rediscover the good old blocks.
We have to admit that LEGO House is not one of the cheap attractions (229 DKK for a person and a child from 3 years old, or 133 PLN), but remember that everything is cosmically expensive in Denmark. However, we think the place is definitely worth the price, and the memories of having fun together will remain forever!
We also recommend our gallery from LEGO House:
Zobacz galerię wszystkich zdjęć z LEGO House >>>
…and an entry from our visit to Legoland in Billund.