Linnanmäki amusement park offers visitors to Helsinki a family-oriented fun-filled day out. Located in the Alppila quarter of Helsinki, the park was built in 1950 and is popular with locals and tourists alike.
Parking space is limited at the park, so it is best to use public transportation to get there.
Both trams and buses stop nearby and by train, you can exit at the Pasila Railway Station which is around 1.4 kilometres away.
If you decide to come by bicycle, use the stands located by the main entrance or southern gate to park your bicycle.
No Cover Charge and Free Rides
The entire park area is wheelchair accessible and staff will assist patrons with limited mobility to access and enjoy the rides.
With no cover charge to enter the park, visitors can soak up the lively atmosphere and picturesque surroundings.
There are nine rides which can be enjoyed free-of-charge, including the Panoraama, a 53-metre tall tower which provides a spectacular view of the city.
There are multiple ticket options to choose from, from single-ride tickets to ticket bundles (which include 6 rides) to wristbands which provide access to all rides, it is not difficult to find the right option for your needs and budget.
Wristbands are renewable for the following day and you can also add admission to the adjacent Sea Life oceanic park to the wristband at a discounted price.
A wide variety of restaurants and concession stands provide food and refreshment. There will be no disappointment if you are expecting traditional fun-fair foods like hot dogs and popcorn, and for cotton candy lovers, why not try the cotton candy school, where you can make your own!
Roller Coaster, Bumper Cars and 3D
The rides range from the traditional fun fair roller coasters and bumper cars to more modern offerings, such as the 3D Kammokuja for a bit of scary fun, or Linnunrata (‘Milky Way’), a virtual reality roller coaster experience built within a water tower.
The most popular ride at Linnanmäki is the classic wooden rollercoaster, Vuoristorata. Opened in 1951 with visitors to the 1952 Olympics in mind, it became a permanent fixture at the park.
If you love a thrill you will enjoy Ukko – a wild ride in which riders are spun upside down and which reaches a speed of 105 km/h – definitely not for the faint of heart!
And let’s not forget the most iconic of amusement park attractions, the Ferris wheel. At Linnanmäki the most outstanding Ferris wheel is Rinkeli, which lifts its riders to a height of 34 metres and pauses for effect – seated at that height, you get a delightful view of the park below and the Helsinki vista.
There are over 40 rides at Linnanmäki and varying games and events to always keep the entertainment fresh. Their newest rollercoaster ride, Taiga, opened this summer. Taiga is a high-speed thriller of a ride that reaches speeds of 106 km per hour and is the longest roller coaster ride in any amusement park in Finland.
Carnival of Lights
In October, as the evenings grow darker, the park holds its Carnival of Lights, an annual display of dazzling lights throughout the park. The Carnival of Lights will be open this year from 10.10 – 20.10.
It is worth noting that the park is owned by the Children’s Day Foundation, and funds from ticket sales are used to support the development of work towards the welfare of children.