Many people may be confused when it comes to Lego and believe that is still just about the small building blocks that can be put together by industrious tykes to produce simple pirate ships and castles. There was also a rather quaint theme-park in the toy’s native Denmark which real aficionados travelled to see but which everyone else thought was slightly too far away.
All this has changed. For the past decade Lego has been on a steady march across the world that almost matches that of Genghis Khan. Their vastly expanded product lines have filled children’s toy boxes across the world and their film tie-ins such as with the Star Wars and Harry Potter franchises have brought in huge amounts of revenue. Similarly, their theme park chain has spread across the world, with the latest having opened in the heart of Berlin.
Legoland ‘Discovery Centre’ Berlin is an excellent option for families whose kids are getting tired of being dragged around museums and historical sites by their parents. It is also the perfect size to fit into a morning or afternoon gap in any itinerary and offers useful half-price tickets if you arrive after 15:00. However, note that at present these tickets are only available on the internet and not at the park gates.
The park contains the Lego stalwarts of a Pirate zone and Dragon Quest for the adventurous and a film studio set so that everyone’s favourite blockbusters can be recreated in Lego form. In addition there is also a Princess Palace for those that prefer luxury over adventure and an area given over to Duplo, the Lego sub-brand for younger children.
Legoland Berlin is located in the Sony Centre on Potsdamer Platz, a great location and easy to find and get to for anyone, however unfamiliar with the city they may be. Potsdamer Platz is a transport hub for the city and can be reached easily on the S-Bahn, U-Bahn or by bus.
The venue allows bookings for school groups and birthday parties although this may be of little use for casual travellers. In fact these are probably best avoided because of the increased crowding and stress they will bring with them. Again, the cheaper tickets for later in the day should be useful in avoiding these more crowded times.
The park is open seven days a week from 10:00 until 19:00 and last admission is at 17:00. This means that the half price tickets give you a maximum of four hours in the park, although this should be plenty of time for young and old alike.
If anyone visits the park with young children and would like to share their opinions on Legoland’s latest venture then please leave a comment on this article.
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