Just a two hour train ride from Munich lies the town of Günzburg. Here you will find LEGOLAND Deutschland Resort, one of six LEGOLAND locations around the world! It’s a child’s dream adventure in the playful world of LEGO’s.
The German LEGOLAND Resort offers more than 50 attractions catering specifically to children ages 3- 12. Not that older kids and grown-ups wouldn’t love it, too! There are plenty of rides, attractions, shows and LEGO models to please all age groups.
Fun Fact: The park used more than 55 million LEGO bricks to assemble the thousands of unique models throughout the park!
After getting off the train, we boarded a shuttle bus to take us to LEGOLAND. It’s only a 9 minute ride from the station. As we rounded a bend, the LEGOLAND entrance came into view. There were collective ooh’s and ahhh’s from all the kids onboard. I wish I had my video camera out to record their moment of amazement!
Our first stop after entering LEGOLAND was checking out Ninjago Miniland. This was the kids first real look at the creativity of the LEGO masters.
Next the kids ran eagerly to Flying Ninjago in Little Asia. According to K’s research it was said to be one of the best rides in the park.
K was a bit letdown by the ride since he couldn’t make himself spin. He was able to take control of the wings, but just couldn’t get his individual car to rotate. It was a fun experience, but I’m not sure the 1 hour wait was worth it. The dad’s on the ride didn’t seem to have a problem, so I’d suggest asking for tips before getting on.
Lucy decided she wasn’t waiting in the long line, so she played at Shipyard Playground and explored LEGO Factory with Derrick.
The kids favorite ride was LEGO BIONICLE Power Builder. You will flip, spin, twist, and scream as a mechanical arm throws you around. The kids squealed in delight and asked if we could ride again and again. I didn’t think my back could handle another jerk, and I really didn’t want the kids to ride alone, so eventually I had to say no more!
Next up, we ventured into Knight’s Kingdom for “die kinder” to ride Fire Dragon. While waiting in line, check out the LEGO creations. Discover knights, wizards, animals and more as you wind your way toward your turn on the coaster. The ride starts out in the castle and continues outside with loops and enough speed to keep my two thrill seekers entertained.
We picked up a quick lunch at Knight’s Table and wandered around the area examining the impressive castle, LEGO creations and watching people pan for gold. There are several LEGOLAND activities and games throughout the park. Games include things like face painting, basketball and Pharaoh’s Quest.
After lunch we made our way to Imagination for Pedal-a-car, LEGO City Police Station Maze and Building Fun, DUPLO Playground, Observation Tower and Kids Power Tower.
The LEGO City Police Station Maze was fun and the kids were able to find the jewels without getting us too lost in the maze. They would have played in the building area of hours if we had let them. There are smaller, traditional LEGO’s for older kids and a “jail” with large LEGO bricks for younger kids. Lucy spent a lot of time in the jail building houses for the kids to play in.
The Observation Tower is a great way to see the entire LEGOLAND park from the air. Slowly spinning, you ascend to the top of the tower while comfortably seated, taking in the views of the park below. Even though it’s not as thrilling as some rides, both kids enjoyed the experience. It’s always great to get a birds eye view of the park you’re visiting.
K has so much upper body strength that, between him and Lucy, they managed to pull themselves up the Kids Power Tower several times before the ride stopped. It was great fun to see them working together to reach the top.
Kingdom of the Pharaohs is tucked away in the back of the park and connects to the resort area. In hindsight, we should have planned for a night at the Holiday Village. It would have been an extra treat to stay in one of the themed rooms.
Temple X-pedition is a cool interactive ride and was a great way for us to avoid the drizzling rain. Jump into a car and grab your gun. The goal is to shoot the colored lights on various LEGO Egyptian pieces to see if you or your carmate can get the most points. Looking at the scores when we exited, I kicked all three of their butts 🙂
Due to the weather we missed out on several rides, but still managed to hit all the highlights with the exception of Atlantis. We were at the back of the line outside when it started to pour, so we ran for cover to LEGO Studio.
The 4D movie playing at the time was Clutch Powers. We watched as Clutch and his friends completed their mission (returning a package to the professor) which took place throughout the streets of LEGO City. Even though we don’t speak German, we were able to get the main idea behind the story and enjoyed the special effects.
After waiting out the storm, we headed to Project-X as it was on K’s must do list. It was sprinkling during their ride, but the kids didn’t mind. You can see the excitement on the kids faces in the image above. New for 2018 is the first LEGO Virtual Reality Coaster. Put on a VR headset and race your favorite LEGO characters!
I was amazed that the rides weren’t shutdown during the rain. Not that I’m complaining, it made it nice for us! We didn’t experience lightening and thunder thankfully, so it was only a matter of protecting the camera gear.
The Reichstag in Berlin, Venice, Neuschwanstein Castle and the Netherlands are just a few of the European cities created in my favorite part of the park, MINILAND. The cities and landscapes have been reconstructed in fine detail and are built to a scale of 1:20.
The amazing LEGO constructed countries include moving parts such a trucks driving through the streets and boats moving along the canal. The stadium is impressive, but the windmills of Holland and Venice were two of my favorites. We had just left Netherlands and were heading to Venice, so that may have played a role in my preferences.
Shopping was our last stop of the day. We had browsed through many of the LEGOLAND shops throughout the park, but the kids had chosen to wait for City Shop back at the main entrance before making a purchase. Each kid picked out two LEGO sets. K was especially proud of the Ferrari replica he has now built from LEGO’s, and Lucy added more LEGO Friends to her collection. K also purchased a mini figure keychain to hang on his bookbag.
While we may have not had the best weather, we still had a fabulous time. I couldn’t stop smiling at the kids excitement. Okay, Okay. I was pretty impressed with the LEGO creations as well.
Tips for your visit:
- Save money and skip the lines by purchasing your tickets online in advance. It may not be the biggest savings, but any LEGOLAND discount is helpful!
- Once getting off the train in Günzburg, take the 9 minute shuttle bus from station to LEGOLAND park. Make sure to show your train ticket for a FREE bus ride!
- When arriving at the park in the morning, head to the back of park first for less wait times or hit up Flying Ninjago which had the longest wait time in the park (when we visited).
- The 2 most popular rides are Fire Dragon and Temple X-pedition. Plan accordingly if you want to ensure the kiddos get to ride on these without a massive wait time.
- Don’t want to wait? You can purchase an Express Pass to avoid standing in line for your favorite attractions.
- If you end up shopping throughout the day, you can collect all your purchases for free in the mini market at the park entrance. We saw people leaving with several huge bags, so this would be a great service if you shop throughout the park.
- Checkout the events page to learn what’s coming up at the park.
- While our visit in the rain wasn’t ideal – the wait times were shorter than usual. If you need to visit during the high season, don’t skip the park just because the weather is questionable. You’ll usually find less crowds on these days. Obviously, this tip isn’t for everyone.
- Ask for a Park Guide in English. We found everyone in the park spoke English, so it made things a bit easier since the only German word I can saw well is “danke” meaning thank you.
We have 2 videos up on the LEGOLAND Germany park.
by The Talking Suitcase:
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by Kids Travel Guides:
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Have you been to LEGOLAND Deutschland or another LEGOLAND park? Tell us what you think.
Need more ideas for visiting Munich? Take a look at the Rick Steves’ Snapshot Munich, Bavaria & Salzburg book.
Disclosure: We were provided tickets to help facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from others.