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Tivoli, Safari, Legoland: Denmark's Family Adventure

© By Louise Hart
  Fly into the capital city of Copenhagen on the east coast of the island of Zealand to start an adventure fit for the entire family. Among the many attractions in Copenhagen is Tivoli Gardens with rides, merry-go-round, scenic rail and much more. The highlight is the ornate Pantomime Theatre which has been in operation since 1894. There are many more sights and scenes around this city to enjoy. From Copenhagen, rent a car and travel south to the Knuthenborg Safari Park and play with some of the one thousand animals from all over the world, before traveling west toward the Great Belt. Drive high over the water on the world's second longest suspension bridge to the smallest island, the Isle of Funen.
     Enjoy a leisurely drive to the city of Odense, situated near the centre of the island. Visit the Village of Funen and nearby museum built for Hans Christian Andersen, who created fantasy tales for children from 1835 until his death in 1875. You can follow the story of his life and works and browse through his many books and illustrations.
     After you drive across a bridge over the Little Belt waters to the largest island, Jutland, you find the town of Billund where the Lego factory has operated since 1932. It was started by unemployed Kirk Christensen, when he set out to build wooden toys. By the 1950s, plastic blocks were made that interlocked to create buildings, vehicles and products of your imagination.

Hans Christian Anderson House  Hans Christian Anderson Monument  Chinese Tower, Tivoli  Lit Up Like Christmas  Ferris Wheel 

     Since 1968 when Miniland was first built with twenty million bricks, the original ever-growing Legoland Park has expanded every year. Although there are several hotels in the vicinity, Hotel Legoland is well worth the stay. Family packages are a good investment beginning at 1930 DKK (Krone) or 457 Euros, including hotel, with breakfast, sauna, fitness centre and park tickets.
     The park provides over fifty rides, shows and attractions, mostly built with Lego blocks. The Peugeot Traffic School is a special treat for seven to thirteen-year-olds where they learn how to drive safely on a planned roadway. Ride the Lego train and climb the Lego tower. Take the mono rail, a safari vehicle and canoe all built with Lego bricks. The latest is pirate lagoon built in 2008. Watch for special day events and Lego Studios.
     To conclude your adventure book one of the three trips daily by ship to cross the North Sea by DFDS Seway's Line from Esbjerg; eighteen hours later, you land at Harwich, England.

Golden Coach - Tivoli  Guard - Tivoli  Legoland Frigate  Legoland  Legoland 

     Before you go, browse through the extensive information on the web. You might look up the special events to determine the dates of your visit. Start with 'Denmark' on your Google or dial into www.denmark.com. And follow the many links. It's best to book online from home to assure your flight, accommodations and car rental. While traveling by car in Denmark, you can use your GPS set at address Nordmarksvej 6-9, 7190. Flights can be arranged from Toronto to Copenhagen with icelandair.ca. Exchange your dollars at a rate roughly four to five krone (DKK). Remember to take your language guide; and, it's fun to learn a few Danish words, but English is spoken almost everywhere.

Legoland  Main Entrance  Safari Park  Safari Park 

     Composed of three small islands, Denmark is the smallest Scandinavian country, south-west of Sweden and north of Europe. Major tourist attractions open from April to October when the weather hovers around the 20 C (68 F) It's the land for adventure and it is enjoyed by young and old alike.

Louise Hart has been published in Reader Digest, Our Canada, and Canadian Stories. She has been a member of Toastmasters District Council for six years and conducts workshops and writes articles in the communication and leadership fields.

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