Who didn’t play with legos as a child? And who doesn’t play with it to this day? The popularity of this Danish invention resulted in many products, among which we can find, for example, construction kits, video games, life-size cars or even the so-called Legolands.

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Legoland is a chain of theme parks based on Lego sets. In Europe, full-fledged parks are also found in Denmark, Italy and Great Britain.

These entertainment centers combine the themed worlds of Lego and reality, providing entertainment for the whole family for at least one full day. The nearest Legoland from us is in the German city of Günzburg, about a five-hour drive from Prague in the direction of Munich, where we also went.

We did not walk and, after our last experience, we preferred not to take the train, but set off in a DS Automobiles car with the number 4. Apart from its design, the model in question is unique in that it belongs to the Esprit de Voyage (spirit of travel) travel edition, which is characterized by several specific elements.

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As a partner, we chose the DS 4 model from the Esprit de Voyage travel edition.

First, it is a black package, which contains black elements such as the edge of the mask or windows. Together with the black roof, however, these decors disappear in conjunction with the black body paint. Also unique is the mask, the rear-view mirror covers with the Esprit de Voyage emblem and the 19-inch alloy wheels named Cannes.

The gray interior upholstery, the Esprit de Voyage motif on the partly upholstered dashboard and on the inner door sills are also edition. In terms of equipment, it is one of the highest specifications, where you can also order night vision, which is a more or less rare feature for the segment of smaller cars.

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The car is also luxuriously equipped inside, including a flood of leather.

Anyway, there are three main routes to Legoland. The first two are northern, open in Rozvadov and continue either to Nuremberg or to Řezno. Depending on the traffic, you can then take a detour and drive around Audi’s home of Ingolstadt, pass Augsburg and you’re there.

Alternatively, you can turn towards Domažlice or Klatovy near Pilsen and then go to the Horní Folmava or Alžbětín border crossings. Then all you have to do is drive through the eternally congested Munich, where the BMW museum is to be found, then conquer Augsburg and you’re there.

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You can go to Legoland via Regensburg, Nuremberg, Ingolstadt or Munich.

We chose the northern highway route through Regensburg, and except for one delay, we drove smoothly to the place. The inevitable delay was the police border checks, which focused not only on the transported persons, but also on the technical condition of the vehicles. The expression of the German policeman looking at the lowered Volkswagen Touran parked right in front of us spoke for everything.

Fuel prices Germany 11/2023

On the way, we also mapped fuel prices on highways. At branded pumps, you pay about CZK 45 for a liter of Natural 95 E10, while E5 is less than two crowns more expensive. If your car likes 100-octane gasoline, then prepare CZK 53 per liter.

As for standard diesel, it costs about CZK 46, while premium diesel costs about CZK 53 per liter. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) costs less than CZK 27 per 1 dm3 and a 32.5% urea solution (AdBlue) for diesel engines will cost around CZK 32 per liter.

Become a ninja, run to the cinema

Finally in place! The most convenient parking here is at the giant (always crowded) official Legoland parking lot, which costs 6 euros (150 CZK) per day. From there it’s just a short walk to the entrance, where you either need to buy a more expensive ticket or present the cheaper one purchased online. In any case, standard admission costs 64 euros (1,580 CZK) for an adult, while 58 euros (1,430 CZK) for a child. Online tickets are then cheaper by hundreds of crowns.

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The parking lot is huge, with 4,000 spaces and a special parking lot for motorhomes.

After entering, we as administrative drivers headed to the Hyundai driving school, where electric cars reminiscent of Ioniq models raced on a real traffic playground with working traffic lights. Unfortunately for us, the attraction had a limited age limit of up to 13 years, so we just quietly envied the little caparts.

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Traffic playground in lego Ioniq models? We silently envied the little ones.

A train also passes through the area, which we boarded at the local station and carried out the first more comprehensive mapping of Legoland. The most interesting sight during this ride is passing by vast miniatures of well-known buildings built from Lego. Whether it is towers, palaces, skyscrapers, castles or even cars, approximately 23 million cubes were spread over a huge area forming an amazing multi-complex.

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An acquaintance with Legoland will be provided by the area train.

In Legoland, you can also visit a room where you can build practically anything from Lego. There are chairs, tables and a supply of Lego bricks on them. Those who prefer a more interactive affair can pop into the side room where Lego and Nintendo themed video games can be played on various consoles.

There is also a brief historical corner mapping this Danish invention from its beginning to current popular buildings. However, for the fact that it is supposed to be a demonstration of history, the corner in question is very modest.

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The section dedicated to history is very modest.

The area also hosts real roller coasters (from smaller to extreme), which are also included in the price of admission. You won’t miss themed swings in the pirate section, and flying balloons in the Egyptian section. In short, each part of the park is in some way adapted to a certain theme of the Lego world.

The Lego Paradise also contains the mythical Atlantis, to which an entire building is dedicated. However, if the queue here is too big, we don’t recommend fighting it. Inside, apart from a few fish and underwater lego decorations, you won’t find anything groundbreaking. The theme of Atlantis could certainly be conceived in a much more interesting way.

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Atlantis? If there isn’t a line in place, run. Otherwise it doesn’t make much sense.

On the other hand, the 4D cinema, which shows one of three short Lego films every half hour, is definitely worth a visit. The movie is in 3D, so you need to buy your glasses at the entrance. The fourth dimension is the applied wind or splash of water that pulls you into the atmosphere. So if you feel like it, you can visit all three screenings.

Lovers of interactive games will also get their money’s worth, because in such a Ninjago section, you get into a moving autonomous four-seater cart and, using the sensors placed in front of you, throw battle balls at appearing opponents by moving your hands in virtual reality with glasses. At the end of the ride, your score and a photo of the cart crew will be shown.

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4D cinema is worth it. The movies are short but entertaining.

Another interactive entertainment is the Egyptian carts, in which you control laser cannons with which you hit various virtual enemies – from skeletons to spiders to mummies. Again, you drive through different corners and play a de facto driving laser game.

We also spotted a few other ride attractions. First, it was an overhead track, on which you had to step, but you could see the park from above. Next, it was a boat ride, when the cruise took you to an artificial valley. The third attraction discovered was safari rides in cars that remotely resembled an old Land Rover Defender.

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Legoland is divided into thematic sections. Ninjas are one of them.

Queue to queue

In addition, there were snacks in each section, additionally paid competitions with the possibility to win, for example, a stuffed animal, Lego shops, climbing frames, merry-go-rounds and other fairground attractions. To visit everything in detail, you need not one whole day, but two. We didn’t even manage to be everywhere, and we walked over 5,000 steps during our visit.

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There are various lego decorations all over the area, which match the thematic part.

There is one more fact that may surprise you quite unpleasantly. Whether it’s hot or cold, the area is always crowded, especially on weekends. So there are queues everywhere, and quite often you end up in a queue after a queue (no exaggeration). You have to be patient, it is best to arrive right at the opening and ideally also outside weekends or German public holidays.

Despite all the negatives and the relatively high entrance fee, it is worth going here, regardless of whether you have children or not. Both young and old can find real fun here, plus you’ll discover attractions that you won’t find anywhere else. However, don’t expect that inside the German Legoland it would be such a huge hit that you would have to come back here. One taste is probably enough.

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Fancy a little sailing or pirate adventure?

The Legoland park is open seasonally from March 25 to November 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or until 8:00 p.m. on selected weekend days, holidays or public holidays. It is closed on predetermined days, which are listed on the Czech version of the site www.legoland.de/cs.

However, Legoland Deutschland does not end with winter, because after the end of the main season, the winter season called WinterWonder (limited attractions) starts on November 24, which lasts on selected days until January 7, 2024. Tickets can be booked now from 22 euros (550 CZK) per person, or later for 35 euros (CZK 860). More again on the park’s website.

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The park with miniatures of famous buildings is composed of approximately 23 million Lego bricks.

Have a good trip!

Since the trip from Hradec Králové – Legoland Deutschland and back (via Nuremberg) took about 12 hours of net driving time and a little over 1,100 km on the odometer, we had the opportunity to test the plug-in hybrid DS 4 Esprit de Voyage in within a long-distance route.

Although we left with the battery charged to about 40%, we managed to cover the entire trip (roughly 80% of the route on highways) with only one full charge at the hotel with an average consumption of 5.2 liters per hundred. Of course, it was legal driving, with the fact that we stuck to the recommended speed of 130 km/h on sections of German highways with unlimited speed.

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Average consumption? With one charge at the hotel 5.2 liters per hundred.

Although the DS 4 is a compact car with a length of 4.4 meters, it has proven itself as a cruiser even for long distances. The car has several gadgets that make traveling more pleasant and safer.

Navigation

The model uses TomTom map data, as well as online reception of traffic information, thanks to which this native navigation was able to guide us on detour routes several times, so that we would not needlessly stand in queues. There was no need for Google or Apple services.

Head-up displej

In particular, the widely projected map in front of the driver’s eyes is something you get used to very quickly in the DS 4. There is no need to constantly monitor the central display or instrument panel, just look ahead and have the navigation instructions comfortably served in a sharp field of vision.

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The head-up display is one of the strengths of the DS 4.

Noktovizor

DS 4’s passive night vision can use the data from the front camera to put together a clear picture of what is happening in front of the car, ensure better visibility at night and detect people or animals that come into the camera’s field of view.

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Passive night vision can detect both people and animals.

Seats

Leather seats with gray Esprit de Voyage upholstery are not only ergonomic, but also comfortable for longer sittings thanks to heating, ventilation and massage.

Even though winter is knocking on our door, that doesn’t mean you should put travel on hold. On the contrary, it will be an ideal time to visit various car museums (beware, some close for the winter), thermal baths, indoor tropical paradises or even mountain resorts. Anyway, wherever you go, always roll down and bon voyage!