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The family wonders of West Denmark

Photo: Niclas Jessen

Family visitors to West Denmark should expect the unexpected...like these treats!

LEGO House in Billund, Denmark, seen from above
Photo: LEGO® House

LEGO® House

Did you know that Legos come from Denmark? Billund, the home of LEGO®, is a paradise for families. Not only does it contain the original Legoland® theme park, but also LEGO® House, a museum-mecca for LEGO® enthusiasts built to look like it's made of the colorful bricks. Legoland® Billund Resort also has a zoo-safari park and a water park to enjoy.


Ribe Viking Center

This living history in the land of the Vikings is fun for all the family. First of all, it's historical so it feels like you're doing something clever. But then it gets really fun, with interactive exhibits, dressing up and a chance to learn how to wield a sword like a Viking. Family memories, guaranteed.


The Wadden Sea

This UNESCO-listed area on the west coast of Denmark offers the lot: seal safaris, oysters, blokarting, island exploration, bird watching and more. There are plenty of family-friendly activities run from the Wadden Sea Center that appeal to all ages.


Odense, city of fairytales

Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, and in 2021, a new museum opened celebrating his life and works, which include The Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Pea. Odense itself is a charming small city to visit, with cobblestone streets and colorful houses. It's Denmark's third largest city and is easily accessible during a trip to West Denmark.

Your rainbow panorama, 2011, Olafur Eliasson ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum Photo Anders Trærup, Aarhus media center
Photo: Your rainbow panorama, 2011, Olafur Eliasson ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum Photo Anders Trærup; Aarhus media center

Museums and rainbows in Aarhus

Aarhus is Denmark's second city and is known as the city of smiles. It's topped with a rainbow - an art installation by Olafur Eliasson on top of the ARoS art museum - and is a lively, characterful place to be. Nearby you can find Moesgaard Museum, an interactive take on human evolution, along with national park Mols Bjerge and a small theme park called Tivoli Friheden.

Photo: Niclas Jessen

Island living on Fanø

Just off the coast of Esbjerg and near the Wadden Sea area, Fanø is one of Denmark's 444 islands. It's easy to visit by ferry and offers village living, cycling tours, seal safaris and long sandy beaches. 

Blokhus Skulptuur
Photo: © World’s Tallest Sandcastle Blokhus. Photo: Poul Nymark

West Denmark's beaches

Whereever you are in Denmark, you are never more than 32 miles from the sea. The beaches of West Denmark offer opportunities for families with children of all ages, from kite surfing and paddle boarding for older children through to simple beach days for tots. When it all gets too hot - and it can! - Denmark's gourmet ice cream makers are on hand to cool you down.


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