World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, Kouvola: Address, Phone Number, World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill Reviews: 4.5/5

World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • History Museums
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You can visit Verla Mill Museum 2 May – 30 September Tue-Sun 11:00-16:00 From midsummer until the August 15th open daily 10:00-18:00. (Closed in midsummer on Friday) Guided tours only: Tours in Finnish begin every hour on the hour. The last tour of the day is at 16:00 or 18:00. Tours in other languages (Swedish, English, German, Russian…) are available by arrangement. Admission Adults € 12 Concessions € 9 Children under 18 free entrance.
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mWrite
Helsinki, Finland1,367 contributions
Unique World Heritage Site
Jul 2020
Verla is typical old factory in Finland, located next to a river, which provided power. It is located ca 30km from Kouvola, easiest to reach by own/rented car. There is public bus connection during the summer.
Area contains several old original buildings, making it really worth a trip. It is unique World Heritage Site, only one presenting forest industry and paper making. There is mansion, power plant, factory and employee accommodation. Additional few shops and restaurant.
You can learn a lot about paper production at the museum.
Summary: As an unique place, worth detour or even own trip.
Written 22 July 2020
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Kri S
Kotka, Finland3 contributions
Even better in the evening
May 2020
The site is wonderfull, everything is like it was left tens of years ago. The guide had interesting stories to tell, including one lady who worked there for years and years on the same position and had even left markings on the floor during the years.

But in the evening, just before the sun goes down and everyone else has gone. Only seagulls screaming and the powerplant humming. That is the time to just sit, watch and think how different things were decades ago.
Written 15 July 2020
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Jokke58
Kouvola, Finland54 contributions
Board Mill museum - stopped like yesterday
May 2019
If you visit Finland, you have to visit Mill that shows you what is very Finnish: pulp, paper and board manufacturing! This old mill is like it has been stopped yesterday though it has been closed for over 50 years. You can hear and feel how pulp has been manufactured in old times. In modern mills you can't see it as concretically as you see it here - and those nice old stories!
Written 20 November 2019
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Tomi Wickman
Helsinki, Finland2,047 contributions
Factory museum
Aug 2019 • Couples
Old paper factory and mill. Local originall hand made design products. Cafe and restaurant. Really nice visit
Written 19 August 2019
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teemuluk
24 contributions
Unique experience
Jul 2019 • Couples
The Verla Mill Museum is a compact and well-organized site where the Finnish industrial history comes alive. The guided one hour tour inside the museum is informative and interesting (and there is no access without a guide). Within the same courtyard there are also a cafe and shops where e.g. handicrafts, bread and wines are sold. The Visit to this UNESCO World Heritage site was a truly inspiring one, and I do warmly recommend it to everyone wishing to elaborate and experience the old times.
Written 11 August 2019
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Marko M
Hollola, Finland270 contributions
Very well preserved factory museum area
Jul 2018
This factory museum is very well preserved like it was almost hundred years ago. One of the world heritage sites in Finland. I recommend to visit this site even it's located in rural area.
Written 5 December 2018
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CANDVD
Toronto, Canada84 contributions
Highly Recommend making the trek
Sep 2018 • Friends
I travel the world going to UNESCO sites, and that is the primary reason I went to the Board Mill. Once there, it became quite interesting to see and understand production in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It's very clear why this has received the designation - well preserved both pre electrification and post. We were lucky to go on the second last day of the year of operations, so the tour was free that day. We emailed a month in advance to book an English tour, and they were organized (ie expecting us) and it turned out we were the only ones, so we had our own private tour for free - what a deal. Our tour guide was very well educated in the mill's history - she was awesome. The tour is about an hour, and I would suggest 30 minutes to tour around the rest of the grounds. The trip from Helsinki up there is a great way to see the country and takes a little over 2 hours.
Written 21 October 2018
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Heljä M
Helsinki, Finland149 contributions
Beautiful surroundings and peace of history!
Jul 2018 • Couples
Werla is located in the middle of the most beautiful finnish countryside by the river. It is a museum formed in former mill which was closed around 1960. It looks exactly the same than that day, when workers dropped their gloves and left. I recommend a guided tour to find out more. There is a cafe that offers lunch but in high season it was already sold out and we could not eat there. We bought also local sparkling wine which was quite pricy though. Worth visiting!
Written 12 July 2018
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Heidi R
Southern Finland, Finland380 contributions
Worth to visit
Jul 2018 • Couples
My friend has a summer cottage near Verla and we visit there every single year. Beautiful location, few cute shops, summer market place every Saturday and also possible to buy their own wines. And of course a factory tour. Small but worth to visit
Written 9 July 2018
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Vapira
39 contributions
Unique beauty
Sep 2017 • Solo
Even though I've been there after hours, it is still was worth a visit. Very beautiful and rare villa, impressive factory and lovely riverside. Probably this place is even better when the galleries are open
Written 6 October 2017
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