World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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teemuluk
Helsinki, Finland46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Finland288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Canada93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Finland462 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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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Minnamatkustaa
Lahti, Finland53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Business
Don't pass this lovely, heart warming and surprising place if you have a chance to visit Verla! It's very beutiful small factory area by a water side. The story of Verla is amazing, as they kept the factory running as long as their empoyees wanted to work there (the new owner, UPM had decited years ago that the small factory doesn't produce enough and they didn't invest to new machines, and the employees used the old measures (from the 19th century) to the end of the factory!). So visiting the factory museum is a leap straight to the old times, when men were made of steel.. There's also some nice shopping as handicrafts and wine, to do, as well as a nice little restaurant and cafe to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere!
Written 12 September 2017
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fr0mfinlandwithl0ve
Finland22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Verla Mill is a museum where you can take a guided tour in a factory that has been left in the condition it was over 50 years ago. Due to its small scale, it was not much modernized during its years of operation, thus the factory tools and methods used go further back, to late 19th century. While the tools are not in use any more, all remains on its original place. Far more authentic experience than the usual museum setup on showing old articles in well-lit rooms but out of context.

You can be a old machine enthusiast, interested in the history of working life, or just want to see how and possibly where was the cardboard made for that old book at your grannies place.
Written 8 August 2017
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Maari100
Helsinki, Finland3,185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
This place has been a UNESCO World Heritage since 1996. This is a boardmill remained as it was in 1964 when it was closed. Our guide was Jussi who knew personally some of the workers. They had told stories to him. Nowadays it is a museum, where you can get in on guided tours. Verla is a village where workers lived. Still looking a very charming village on the Verlankoski rapids. In the summertime there are boutiques selling handicraft, local wineshop and restaurant. Pittoresque place to visit. Verla is located about 150 km from Helsinki and 30 km from Kouvola. I suppose Visit Kouvola will organize tours there, at least I saw a minibus several times.
Written 7 August 2017
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cfma2000
Melbourne, Australia143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Do a tour if you can. We were not overly interested in timber milling but booked on a guided tour and found ourselves completely fascinated. Our guide was passionate, informative and brought the site alive for us. The movie taken in the last days of the mill's operations added real experience. The site itself is beautiful even with construction happening.
Written 22 July 2017
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