Linnanmäki is adorable little amusement park open since 1950 with easy to reach with trams 3T and 9 from the city center of Helsinki. Entrance to the park itself is free of charge but ride tickets or wrist bands (free admission to all of the rides for the entire day) for a family can cost a small fortune.
Linnanmäki has 44 rides making it number one in an amount of rides out of any other amusement park in the Nordic countries. Convenient enough, the park has been divided to rides for smaller and bigger children and to game area for all. The king of the amusement park is not for example the new hair raising roller coaster Salama (Lightning) or Kirnu (Churn). It would be, hands down, nowadays rare and 60 years old wooden Vuoristorata (simply called The Roller Coaster) that still has "brakeman" at the very end of each car line. Of course there are many more modern rides added every summer season like Ukko in the year 2011. It took us up to 50 meters, spinned us upside down and all of this with 100 km/h. I absolutely loved it! Waiting time for rides on July (summer holiday month in Finland) was quite long but most of the rides were worth waiting for.
There are plenty of snack kiosks and restaurants on the area but I would recommend to eat after you leave somewhere else. It´s well worth of concentrate on eating some old- fashioned cotton candy, ice cream, candies and pop corn at the park but be careful of combat forces above - the army of stealing seagulls. Overall park is safe place to have fun and hygiene facilities are pretty clean.
Linnanmäki gets even more magical place when the night goes down and thousands of lights are turned on around the park. Taking a monorail over the amusement park at that time was a real amusement park moment of magic and childhood memories for me and my friends.
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