Our Gay Couple Review Theme Park Linnanmäki in Helsinki, Finland. Is there an Amusement Park in Finland? Yes, there is! The biggest Amusement park in the Nordic country is called Linnanmäki, which is located in the city center of Helsinki. Opened in 1950, the Finnish Amusement Park offers 43 rides and attractions of all kinds, like the historical theater “Peacock-teatteri” and the museum “Linnanmäen museo”. It also houses eight roller coasters which is a lot for a small city theme park. All the attractions are situated on a hill with a great view over the Finnish capital and between rock formations and forest. Especially the view from the Ferris wheel is breathtaking. We could even spot the Baltic Sea.
By the way, Linnamäki means literally translated “castle hill”. During our gay couple city weekend in Helsinki for the rainbow-colored Helsinki Gay Pride Festival, we explored the sights of the city by bike. Coming from the city center of Helsinki, we drove around Lake Tölöviken and uphill to the south entrance of Linnamäki theme park. After parking our bikes, we got your wristbands (the cheapest way for nonstop fun) and enjoyed the Finnish attraction in the midsummer sun. Especially if you like exclusive roller coasters, you should visit Linnanmäki while the park offers some exceptional tracks that you won’t find anywhere else in the world! Like the Mack Rides E-Motion coaster “Tullireki” or “Taika”, the tallest, longest, and quickest roller coaster in Finland. Enjoy our Theme Park Review of Linnanmäki and experience the biggest Amusement Park in Finland through a couple of men’s eyes.
Amusement Park Linnamäki in Helsinki
The moment we got to know that Helsinki has a Theme Park, Daan became a child again. He is truly the biggest Disney Park fan alive. No question about that, we wanted to visit Helsinki’s amusement park. The weather could not have been better. Packed with our GoPro and completely excited about exploring the attractions, we started our 20 minutes biking tour from the city center around Lake Tölöviken to “Castle or Water Tower Hill”. Be prepared that the bike ride uphill is quite challenging. Our first goal was Linnanmäki’s biggest gem, the very popular wooden roller coaster “Vuoristorata”. Built in 1951, the first permanent wooden ride was just one of the eight roller coasters in Linnanmäki. This wooden classic still makes use of a brakeman (yes, a man who rides along and uses the brakes manually where necessary), which must be one of the coolest jobs in the world, at least for Daan. To ride the wooden coaster with the brakeman in the back was definitely one of the highlights, especially since we made several rides through the long midsummer nights. It truly is a magical Finnish experience, although it is not Disneyland, of course.
Video of our wooden roller coaster ride
Ferris Wheel: the Best view over Helsinki
But there are more attractions, many of which are non-ride-based attractions. The carousel “Karuselli” for example, is the oldest attraction of the park, built already in the 19th century in 1896. Additionally to that, two tower rides, the rapid river ride and the spinning roller coaster Salama are the park’s major attractions. Not to forget the Finnish version of Disney’s Space Mountain, the indoor roller coaster “Linnunrata”. A special tip for everyone searching for a great view over the city of Helsinki is a ride on Linnanmäki’s Ferry Wheel. Additionally, many kinds of restaurants, well-themed toilets, and beautiful viewing points over the city are ideal for a break and time to enjoy the atmosphere.
Video of our ride on the Salama roller coaster
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- All about our Gay Pride Trip around the World >
Kept as a secret, the citizens of Helsinki are more than proud to live in their wonderful city closely connected to nature. Recently, Finland has been elected to be the world’s most socially progressive country, as it is also legalized gay marriage officially in spring 2017.
Plan your day at the Finnish Theme Park Linnanmäki in Helsinki
00510 Helsinki, Finnland
Official Website: www.linnanmaki.fi/en
Contact: Tel.: +358 105 722200
Opening hours & Park Admission:
The amusement park Linnanmäki is open until 10 pm during summer. The experience of sitting on a roller coaster at 10 o’clock in the evening and the sun is still shining on your face was a simply stunning moment. Good to know, admission to the park is free. You can buy separate single tickets for the rides of your choice, but we had an “all-inclusive” wristband that allowed us to ride everything as many times as we wanted to all day long. The best way to reach the park is to take a bike or public transport from the city center. Trams number 3, 8, 9, and bus number 23 are your best options.