Famous Linnanmäki is a real kid pleaser with rides (some free) including several roller coasters and a panoramic 75m free-fall tower, as well as nightly fireworks. Its profits are donated to child-welfare organisations. There are various day passes, some of which discount admission to nearby Sea Life. Cheaper tickets available online. It's closed from November to late April, and hours vary greatly outside mid-June to August, so check the website's calendar. Bus 23 and trams 3 and 8 take you here.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Kallio attractions

1. Sea Life

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Close to Linnanmäki, Sea Life is an enjoyable aquarium complex with walk-through tunnels that let you spot sharks, rays, octopuses and myriad fish up…

2. Työväenasuntomuseo

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In a charming wooden house built in 1909, this delightful museum shows how industrial workers lived in the early 20th century, with nine rooms decorated…

3. Kallion Kirkko

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Designed by Lars Sonck and completed in 1912, this 65m-high Lutheran church is a Helsinki landmark and visible from all over the city. Built from grey…

4. Olympic Stadium

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Host of the 1952 Summer Olympics, this still-attractive functionalist stadium is a city landmark. The complex is closed for major renovations and will…

5. Bear on the Anthill

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Carved in red granite in 1931, this statue in the small park of Karhupuisto depicts Finland's national symbol, a bear, trying to prise open an anthill…

6. Karhupuisto

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In the heart of Kallio, this small park is lined by maple trees and has beautiful floral displays in spring and summer. Look out for the Bear on the…

7. The Symbol

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Made from steel and measuring 3m in diameter, this minimalistic, mirror-like sphere was created by Helsinki sculptor Hannu Sirén (b 1953) in 1985 and…

8. Ratikkamuseo

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Transport enthusiasts and kids will especially enjoy checking out the vintage trams at this engaging museum, which depicts daily life in Helsinki’s…