The Linnanmäki amusement park has 44 rides, more than all other amusement parks in the northern countries.
Safety is very important here, as there is a table for all rides that indicates how tall or old you have to be in order to be able to ride.
If you are taller than 1.40 meters, you can use Kieppi, Kieputin, Kirnu, Raketti and Ukko and rotate 180 degrees, spin into the air at high speed or drop at 105 km/h.
For visitors over 1.30 meters, Kingi, the 75-meter high freefall tower is added and from 1.20 meters Hurjakuru, Kammokuja, Kehrä, Ketjukaruselli, Mustekala, Salama, Tulireki, Viikinkilaiva, Vonkaputous and Vuoristorata follow. You can get wet, go to dizzying heights, learn the creeps, enjoy a fast descent or indulge in your childhood days and relive the good old chain carousel.
For smaller children there are rides under 1.20 meters: Autorata, Helikopteri, Hiphop, Hypytin, Kahvikuppikaruselli, Kino, Kuuputin, Kyöpelinvuoren hotelli, Linnunrata, Lohikäärme, Meriosvolaiva, Miniautot, Pikajuna, Pilotti, Rinkeli, Taikasirkus and Vekkula. Beside car scooters, mirror houses and a cinema you will find the above mentioned rides partly in an attenuated form.
If you are smaller than one meter you can use Hepparata, Karuselli, Kotkot, Maisemajuna, Muksupuksu, Pallokaruselli, Panoraama, Pienoiskaruselli, Rekkaralli, Rumpukaruselli and Vankkuripyörä. Besides small merry-go-rounds, there are also attractions that can be used by the older ones. You can explore the park with a jingling train or you dare to climb the 53 meter high lookout tower and look at Linnanmäki from a bird's eye view.
Eleven of the rides are free of charge. However, they close two hours before the regular closure of the park. If the park is only open for five hours, these rides will be available during the entire opening hours.
Note: Further information on safety regulations, such as maximum size or weight, can be found on site.
Linnanmäki offers some places to stop for a bite to eat, whether it's for a snack in between or for a tasty dinner.
The restaurant Coccola offers Mediterranean and Italian specialities. In Midhill you can compose your own hamburger. The restaurant Ilona serves Finnish delicacies and the restaurant Caruzello spoils you with well-known European food. The Lintsiburger is a Hamburg bar that offers not only hamburgers but also the well-known "curly" French fries. In the centre of the amusement park is still Jarrumies Restaurant, which offers both food baskets and healthy salads. And last but not least there is the "Funky kitchen". There you can enjoy finger food, steaks, salads and homemade burgers in a pleasant (sports) atmosphere.
Linnanmäki is located in Helsinki, in the Alppiharju district. The amusement park is therefore close to the city centre. Translated, the name roughly means "castle hill" because it is on a landscape elevation. The park was opened on 27 May 1950. It is now run by a children's charity called Lasten Päivän Säätiö. Every year it is visited by more than one million people.
The best known roller coaster is the wooden ride Vuoristorata, which has existed since 1951.
How to get there
The theme park is located in the Alppiharju district of Helsinki. This means that it can be reached with all known means of transport.
Travelling by plane
Travelling by plane is the easiest and fastest way to get to Helsinki. The airport is located about 20 km from the capital of Finland in Vantaa. However, there are several ways to get to the city from there.
Travel by tram or bus
A shuttle bus runs to and from the city centre between the airport and Helsinki railway station. Another option is bus line 615, which takes about 35 minutes to get to and from the airport terminal.
If you are already in Helsinki, tram line 3 runs from the train station to the theme park. Line 9 goes nearby - you should get off at the stop Kotkankatu. There is also a bus (number 23) in this direction - the exit point here is the stop Alppila.
Arrival by train
If you travel to Helsinki by train, you can continue from the station to Pasila station. From there it is a 1.4 km walk to the park. An alternative would be a trip by tram or bus - for more information see above.
Travelling by car
Finland can also be reached by car via Sweden and Denmark. You can take the Vogelfluglinie or the country road over the Belt Bridge to Copenhagen and from there over the Öresund Bridge to Malmö. However, the bridges are subject to tolls. From Stockholm we continue on the Silja-Line to Turku or Helsinki or you take the Viking Line.
If you prefer independence and do not want to take your own vehicle with you, renting a rental car is the best option. There are companies for this at the airport as well as in Helsinki. The cheaper alternative would be a shared taxi from the airport to the capital.
The number of parking spaces around the park is limited. However, there are more parking spaces at Alppila, along Tivolitie Street. There you have to pay a fee of 2 €. However, it is forbidden to park your car in a park, sidewalk or similar place. There are disabled parking spaces directly at the park.
Note: When driving, be aware that moose or reindeer might cross the road.
Arrival by ship
If you want to take your own vehicle with you, but don't want to drive the route yourself, then it is a good idea to travel by ship. Ferries operate between Rostock and Helsinki and between Travemünde and Helsinki.