Linnanmäki is Finland's biggest theme park and sits on a hill overlooking Helsinki. The park contains a mix of thrill and family rides, and an observation tower which offers views over the city.
|Season||April to October|
|Owner||Lasten Päivän Säätiö (Children's Day Foundation)|
|Nearby||Gröna Lund (245 miles)|
Furuvik (261 miles)
Linnanmäki is Finnish for "Castle Hill", fittingly named for its hilltop location. It is owned and run by the Children's Day Foundation, a charity which works for child welfare, and the park is operated principally to raise funds for them.
It feels very much like a city park, with rides packed closely together around the hillside: be prepared for some steep climbs around the park's pathways and staircases. At the same time, the park features some beautiful landscaping and gardens in parts.
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is well served by airlines such as Finnair and British Airways, offering easy travel from the UK and other major European cities (and you can tell your friends you took a direct flight to HEL).
// From the airport, you can either take a bus or the new train connection into the city centre. The Finnair City Bus stops right outside Linnanmäki, but alternatively the park is a very pleasant 1½ mile walk around the lake from the train station or a short tram journey on Line 3.
Built in 1951, and now one of the few remaining wooden side-friction rollercoasters in the world to still feature a brakeman
At 75 metres tall, Kingi is the tallest tower ride in Finland and offers incredible views over Helsinki
An insane ride experience, this was the first 4D coaster in Europe - a short ride with a low capacity, but it creates a big impact
Linnanmäki's rapids ride navigates its way below the Salama spinning rollercoaster and passes beside two spectacular waterfalls