Popular attractions in Helsinki
The city center district of Kamppi is part of the Central Business District of Helsinki. The district is connected to the larger city area with a network of trams, buses and trains, making it easy to get around to the city’s most popular attractions.
Linnanmäki Amusement ParkWith more than 40 rides for children and adults, Linnanmäki Amusement Park promises fun for all ages. Every year the park adds a new attraction for young and old. Younger children will enjoy the glass maze and the fun house, while the older kids rocket along the Vuoistorata, a wooden roller coaster dating back to 1951. Among other rides you’ll find the helicopter ride, the water-raft, spinning tea cups and the freefall tower. The whole family can enjoy the Karuselli, a historical carousel built in the Netherlands in 1896. Other activities include a 4D cinema, panorama tower, live theater and various fun games.
The Carnival of LightEach year Linnanmäki concludes its season with the 10-day Carnival of Light featuring the park’s twinkling lights and live music performances. Profits from the carnival support a Finnish charity called Children’s Day Foundation. The park is home to many places to eat, drink and get some rest between activities. For a day out with your family, visit the next door Sea Life Helsinki where you can discover a fascinating underwater world.
Suomenlinna FortressDrawing over 700,000 visitors annually, Suomenlinna remains one of Finland’s most frequented attractions. This maritime fortress was originally built by the Swedes in 1748, before falling to Russia in 1808 and passing to Finland in 1918. The fortress is today maintained by the World Heritage Convention, aiming to preserve and promote unique cultural and natural heritage sites for future generations. Guides provide tours of the fortress, describing its different eras and showing what life within its walls and tunnels must have been like.
A range of museumsThe Suomenlinna Museum also offers a short informative film, and visitors can browse through 5 other on-site museums, including a submarine. When it is time for an energy refill, choose from a variety of restaurants and cafés, or have a picnic on the grounds like the locals often do. Finish your outing with a 15-minute ferry ride on the Gulf of Finland.
The Linnanmäki amusement park and the Suomenlinna fortress can be easily reached from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Helsinki, a convenient place to stay regardless if you are in town for business or leisure.