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Verner Panton at Trapholt. Photo: Trapholt
Verner Panton at Trapholt. Photo: Trapholt

5 exciting experiences in and around Billund

For most people, Billund means LEGO and Denmark’s second-largest airport. But Billund and the surrounding area are also home to a unique natural landscape, art and design in a league of its own, and exquisite spa luxury at the beautiful old Vejlefjord spa hotel.

Gyttegård Plantation

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
http://naturstyrelsen.dk/media/nst/67229/64_Gyttegaard_Plantage.pdf

 

Engelsholm Castle

Engelsholm Castle. Photo: Vejlemuseerne.

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

 

Koldinghus

Koldinghus in the morning sun. Photo: Preben Mathiesen/KoldinghusThis 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.
http://www.koldinghus.dk

 

Trapholt

Explore the many imaginative variations on the chair in Danish furniture design at Trapholt. Photo: Trapholt

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
http://www.trapholt.dk

 

Hotel Vejlefjord

Beautiful Hotel Vejlefjord. Photo: Vejlefjord

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
http://www.hotelvejlefjord.dk

 

Tekxt: Lise Hannibal

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Last edited: July 31, 2015

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