By adrbr @ 2008-03-04 16:40:08
Panoraama Linnanmäki is a 53 meter tall gyrotower at Linnanmäki amusement park in Helsinki. Panoraama Linnanmäki was built in 1987 by Intamin AG and offers capacity for 400 tourists per hour. Its previous name was Panorama, but the name was changed to Panoraama (additional letter "a") when Linnanmäki changed the naming policy for its rides and started to use only words that are correct Finnish language.
Originally Linnanmäki was planning a real observation tower, like Näsinneula at Särkänniemi park, but first there were problems with legal issues and later with funding. Eventually Linnanmäki chose to build a tower in a form of gyrotower ride.
Panoraama is one of the best places to view the City of Helsinki, as the tower is located very near the center of the city.