Linnanmäki Helsinki: Our Day at the Finnish Theme Park in Helsinki | Finland
Our Gay Couple Review Theme Park Linnanmäki Helsinki Finland – There is an Amusement Park in Finland? Yes, there is! The biggest Amusement of the Nordic country is Linnanmäki located right north of the city center of Helsinki. Opened in 1950, the Finnish Amusement Park offers 43 rides and attractions of all kind like the historical theater “Peacock-teatteri” and the museum “Linnanmäen museo”. All the attraction are situated on a hill with a great view over the Finnish capital but also in 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 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 crazy rollercoasters you should visit Linnanmäki while the park offers some very special tracks that you won’t find anywhere else in the world like the Mack Rides E-Motion coaster “Tullireki” or the Premier Rides Liquid coaster “Vonkaputous”. Enjoy our Theme Park Review of Linnanmäki and experience the biggest Amusement Park of 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 literally 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 totally excited about to explore 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 7 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. A magical experience, although we have not been in one of the Disney Parks worldwide.
Ferris Wheel: Best view over Helsinki
But there are more attractions, many of them 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. Additional to that, two tower rides, the rapid river ride, and the spinning roller coaster Salama are the major rides of the park. 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. Additional to that, different kind of restaurants, themed toilets with washrooms, together with snack bars at inviting locations are ideal for a break and time to enjoy the atmosphere. Enjoy the rides and the view at Linnanmäki!
Gay Couple Review Theme Park Linnanmäki 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 time. The experience to sit in a roller coaster at 10 o’clock in the evening and the sun is shining in your faces was a simply stunning moment. Good to know, that the 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. From the city center the best way to reach the park is to take the bike of the public transport. The trams number 3, 8, 9 and bus nr 23 are your best options.