Linnanmäki

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Linnanmäki
Logo Linnanmäki.png
Linnanmäen portti.jpg
Location Helsinki, Finland
Coordinates 60°11′18″N 024°56′25″E / 60.18833°N 24.94028°E / 60.18833; 24.94028Coordinates: 60°11′18″N 024°56′25″E / 60.18833°N 24.94028°E / 60.18833; 24.94028
Owner Lasten Päivän Säätiö
Opened May 27, 1950
Operating season April to October
Area 75,000 square metres (810,000 sq ft)
Rides
Total 43
Roller coasters 6
Water rides 2
Website www.linnanmaki.fi

Linnanmäki (Swedish: Borgbacken, colloquially Lintsi, literal translation Castle Hill) is an amusement park in Helsinki, Finland. It was opened on May 27, 1950 and is owned by non-profit Lasten Päivän Säätiö (Children's Day Foundation). Linnanmäki has 43 different rides of different sizes.[1] It also has other attractions, such as arcades, games, kiosks, restaurants and an outdoor stage on which different performers appear in the summer. In 2006, the park welcomed its 50th million visitor.

In 2007 Linnanmäki had 1.2 million visitors.[2]

Vuoristorata is the most popular ride in Linnanmäki. Opened in 1951, it is the last side friction roller coaster to be built

The Park[edit]

This city park is located just north of the city center of Helsinki. The park is located on a hill (Linnanmäki in Finnish means Castle Hill) with nice views of the city. The park feels rather compact and has no discernible theming; the rides and attraction are in close proximity. In addition to the amusement park there is a Sea Life Aquarium located near the entrance (additional charge). The monorail offers a view of the park; the Panorama Tower has excellent views of the city scape and beyond. The clown Rolle-Clown is the park´s mascot.

The park is easily reached from the city by tram nr 3, 8, 9 and bus nr 23.

Rides and attractions[edit]

Linnanmäki currently has 40 rides, along with many other non-ride based attractions. Probably the most notable ride in the park is the Wooden Roller Coaster or Vuoristorata in Finnish. This is the most recognisable symbol of the park, and was one of the first rides to be built at the park. The oldest ride in Linnanmäki is Karuselli (a carousel), built in 1896.

Linnanmäki also has many other big attractions, including Raketti, or "Rocket" (formerly Space Shot), which is a standard upwards-launched free fall tower, built in 1999 by S&S Power. Other roller coasters in the park include Tulireki, Linnunrata (an indoor roller coaster built inside a water tower, with a space theme), Pikajuna, and Finland's first water coaster, Vonkaputous.

In May 27, 2011, a new rollercoaster, named Ukko, was opened.

Roller Coasters[edit]

Ride Name Type Opening Year Manufacturer Additional Information
Kirnu (Churn) 4th Dimensional 2007 Intamin Reaches a speed of 60 km/h (37 mph) on a 142 m (466 ft) long track and a height of 25 m (83 ft); height limit 1,4m. Zac spin ball coaster, car 4+2.
Linnunrata (Milky Way) steel sit down, enclosed 2000 Zierer Reaches a speed of 40 km/h (25 mph) on a 360 m long track (1181ft) and a height of 7 m (23ft); height limit 1,2m. Force Custom model, train 2x10. Built inside a water tower.
Pikajuna (Express Train) steel sit down 1990 Mack Rides Reaches a speed of 37 km/h (23 mph) on a 293 m long track (961ft) and a height of 7 m (23ft); height limit none / 1,2m alone. Powered Custom model, train 2x20.
Salama (Lightning) spinning sit down coaster 2008 Maurer Söhne Reaches a speed of 60 km/h (37 mph) on a 420 m long track (1378ft) and a height of 17 m (56ft); height limit 1,2m. Extended SC3000 model, car 2+2.
Tulireki (Fire Sleigh) steel sit down 2004 Mack Rides Reaches a speed of 58 km/h (36 mph) on a 336 m long track (1101ft) and a height of 16 m (54ft); height limit 1,2m. E-motion model, car 2x3.
Ukko (The god of sky and thunder, the overgod in Finnish mythology, literally Old Man) steel sit down 2011 Maurer Söhne Reaches a speed of 105 km/h (65 mph) on a 150 m long track (492ft) and a height of 46 m (151ft) with 2 inversions (including a 46 m SkyLoop); height limit 1,4m. SkyLoop xt-150 model, car 2x6.
Vuoristorata wooden sit down 1951 Svend Jarlström Reaches a speed of 60 km/h (37 mph) on a 960 m long track (3149ft) and a height of 23 m (75ft); height limit 1,2. Train 2x11, designed by Valdemar Lebeck.

Water Rides[edit]

  • Hurjakuru - river rapids ride that opened in 1998; height limit 1,2m. Intamin; this 6-passenger boat travels a 370 long course in a busy setting and features a waterfall.
  • Vonkaputous - a water coaster that opened in 2001; height limit 1,2m. Premier Rides; this 10-passenger boat has to navigate a 320 long course with 2 drops, the higher is 15 m tall.

Other Rides[edit]

  • Autorata - bumper cars that opened in 1964, renewed in 2007; height limit 1,2m. Gebruder Ihle.
  • Hypytin - a 12m tall bounce tower that opened in 2009.
  • Kahvikuppi - spinning tea cups ride that opened in 2002. Mack Rides
  • Kammokuja - walkthrough attraction that opened in 2003. Rex Studios.
  • Kehrä - enterprise / spinner ride that opened in 2009. Emilina Luna Park.
  • Ketjukaruselli - wave swinger that opened in 1977; height limit 1,2m.
  • Kieppi - scramber / booster that opened in 2003; height limit 1,2m. Huss.
  • Kieputin - top spin that opened in 2004; height limit 1,4m. Huss.
  • Kingi - free-fall tower that opened in 2014; height limit 1,3m.
  • Kino - a 4D Cinema that opened in 1996, refurbished in 2009. Iwerks.
  • Kyöpelinvuoren hotelli - a 105m long dark ride that originally opened in 1950, renewed in 1973 and again in 2006 and again in 2013. Original name was Kummitusjuna. Alavuden Tehdas.
  • Lohikäärme - carousel that opened in 1998. Zierer.
  • Maisemajuna - monorail that opened in 1979. Gebruder Ihle
  • Mustekala - octopus spinner that opened in 1985; height limit 1,2m. Anton Schwarzkopf.
  • Panoraama - a 53 m tall observation tower that opened in 1987. Intamin.
  • Raketti - a launch tower that opened in 1999; height limit 1,2m. S&S Worldwide.
  • Rinkeli - a 32m tall ferris wheel that opened in 2006. Technical Park.
  • Taikasirkus (Magic Circus) - dark ride that opened in 2005. Rex Studios / WGH.
  • Vekkula - fun house that opened in 1961, renewed in 1991 and again in 1995. Linnanmäki.
  • Viikinkilaiva - swinging pirate ship that opened in 1981. Zierer.

Kiddie Rides[edit]

  • Karuselli - a classic carousel that opened in 1954; it was made in the Netherlands in 1896.
  • Helikopteri - helicopter ride for the kids that opened in 2006. Pinfari.
  • Hepparata - on track horse ride that opened in 1982. K.G. Bruhsel.
  • Hip Hop - mini drop tower that opened in 2000. Moser.
  • Kot Kot - children´s ride that opened in 1993. Modern Products.
  • Kuuputin - merry go round that opened in 2003. Manorplan.
  • Merirosvolaiva - pirate ship that opened in 1988. Modern Products.
  • Miniautot - kiddie bumper cars that opened in 1978. Sartori.
  • Muksupuksu - train ride that opened in 1976 with a new train in 1997 by Zamperla.
  • Pallokaruselli - samba balloon ride that opened in 1997. Zamperla.
  • Pienoiskaruselli - merry go round that opened in 1966. Sartori.
  • Pilotti - airplanes ride that opened in 2010. Technical Park.
  • Rekkaralli - convoy trucks on track ride that opened in 1995. Zamperla.
  • Rumpukaruselli - carousel that opened in 1991. SBF Visa
  • Vankkuripyörä - kiddie ferris wheel (chuck wagon) that opened in 1996. Zamperla.

Removed rides[edit]

  • Apollo - carousel from 1986 - 1997
  • Around the World - dark ride from 1997 - 2004
  • Autorata - bumper cars from 1950 - 1964
  • Breakdance - breakdance by Huss from 1988 - 2001
  • Calypso - calypso ride by Anton Schwarzkopf from 1967 - 1974
  • Cortina Jet - Bayern Curve by Anton Schwarzkopf from 1970 - 1987
  • Enterprise - enterprise by Anton Schwarzkopf from 1975 - 1998
  • Kouvola-pyörä - ferris wheel from 1964 - 2005
  • Hully Gully - carousel from 1984 - 1985
  • Hurlumhei - fun house from 1952 - 1959
  • Katapultti - roller coaster by Anton Schwarzkopf from 1992 - 1993
  • Kieputin - roll'o'plane by Eyerly from 1951 - 1977
  • Lasten Maailmanpyörä - ferris wheel by Sartori from 1979 - 1995
  • Lasten Mustekala - carousel by Barbieri from 1990 - 1996
  • Loch Ness - carousel from 1951 - 1953
  • Meteoriitti - carousel by Modern Products from 1990 - 1999
  • Mustekala - octopus spin ride from 1979 - 1984
  • Naurutalo - house of mirrors from 1967 - 2002
  • Octopus - octopus spin ride by Eyerly from 1951 - 1954?
  • Peilikabinetti - house of mirrors from 1950 - 1952
  • Pilvenpyörä - parattrooper ride by Frank Hrubetz from 1962 - 1983?
  • Rotor - rotor spin ride from 1952 - ?
  • Round Up - round up ride by Nijmeegs Lasbedrijf from 1961 - 1975
  • Safari - dark ride by Christian Hoffman from 1983 - 1999
  • Sateenkaari - rainbow pendulum ride by HUSS from 1984 - 2009
  • Sokkelo - glass maze walkthrough that opened in 2007. Removed in 2013.
  • Suihkio - roto jet carousel ride by Kaspar Klaus from 1955 - 1978
  • Troika - troika ride by HUSS from 1974 - 1975
  • Törmäysautot - bumoer cars from 1965 - 1980
  • Vauhtihirviö 1 - tilt-a-whirl ride from 1950 - 1952
  • Vauhtihirviö 2 - tilr-a-whirl ride from 1950 - 1957

General Information[edit]

Admission to the park is free, and most of the rides can only be ridden with the possession of a ride ticket, or the more popular wristband, which allows the wearer access to all of the park's rides for the entire day. As of 2013, the wristband costs the same for each customer, regardless of height.[3] The park also contains the "Peacock Teatteri", a theatre known for its musical productions. In addition to the park itself, guests can also visit a Sea Life Centre.

In 2007, a new roller coaster was built. It is a "Zacspin" model, known as Kirnu, and was built by Intamin, of Switzerland. Other changes for 2007 include the movement of the Autorata into the new space under the Rinkeli Ferris Wheel. In 2008, Linnanmäki put up a new rollercoaster Salama ("Lightning") above the Hurjakuru water ride. It was built by Maurer Söhne. Its speciality is spinning cars. For the summer 2014, Linnanmäki is getting a new 75 meters tall free fall tower "Kingi" ("The King") by Moser Rides.

Gallery of images[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Linnanmäki – The Amusement Park: Rides". Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  2. ^ "Matkailukohteiden kävijämäärät 2007". Finnish Tourist Board. 2008-08-12. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  3. ^ Linnanmäki prices, 2013.

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