5 exciting experiences in and around Billund
Billund is located halfway between the sea and the moors. The Gyttegård Plantation was established in 1899–1900, as part of the cultivation of the Jutland heath, and is today a beautiful and diverse natural landscape that is home to sand dunes, heathland, forests, lingonberries, and bogs. There are hiking trails, horse trails, mountain biking routes, and an 18-hole golf course in the area.
Billundvej 43, 7250 Hejnsvig
This beautiful white Renaissance castle was built in 1596 by Knud Brahe, brother of astronomer Tycho Brahe. The castle enjoys an idyllic location overlooking Engelsholm Lake, with beautiful grounds for you to stroll around. You can only see the castle itself from the outside, though, unless you are attending Engelsholm Folk High School, which has been housed in the castle since 1940.
Engelsholmvej 6, 7182 Bredsten
This castle looks impressive, sitting grandly atop a hill. Jutland’s last royal castle, Koldinghus, is over 700 years old and has been a defensive fortification, the seat of government, and a ruin, before becoming the showcase for Danish art and design. It is here that every summer the students from Kolding School of Design present, to great acclaim, their graduation projects in fashion, industrial design, graphic design, and more. Don’t miss the exhibition on Danish silver design, from the Renaissance to the iconic Georg Jensen.
Markdanersgade 11, 6000 Kolding.
The art and design museum of Trapholt is just 40km from Billund, and with its stunning location offering views of Kolding Fjord, an excellent café, a sculpture park, and an addictive museum shop, Trapholt feels like Jutland’s answer to Louisiana. The museum boasts a formidable collection of Danish furniture design, Arne Jacobsen’s Kube-flex summer house (guided tours available), and a collection of Danish art and sculpture from the 19th century to now. A must.
Æblehaven 23, 6000 Kolding
Surrounded by beech trees and with a stunning view of Vejle Fjord is a spa and conference hotel of the highest quality. Hotel Vejlefjord was originally built as a tuberculosis sanatorium. The location was chosen because they thought it might have a positive influence on body and soul. And they were undoubtedly right. A stay here not only offers unrivaled views, but also the largest (and loveliest) spa and wellness facilities in Northern Europe, while the Brasseriet Restaurant can provide a basket of goodies for a picnic on the lawn, a gourmet dinner, or a lavish Sunday coffee. Fantastic!
Sanatorievej 25, 7140 Stouby
Tekxt: Lise Hannibal
Published: July 31, 2015
Last edited: July 31, 2015