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- the park has endless beauty, you can walk for hours and still discover amazing spots for wonderful sights.
This national park is a treasure, filled with unending greenery, lakes, hills, mushrooms, berries and so much more such as camping. You might walk for hours before realizing that you are tired.Written 15 August 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The mill is not very big. You have to take a guided tour to visit it. The tour lasted less than an hour, including a short movie shot during the last summer of operations before the mill was closed. The movie is old, but it's good, and really brought into life what I saw on the tour.
The amount of people allowed on each tour is quite small. There were about 20 of us, and they already split us into two groups because there were so many of us (our group saw the movie after the tour, the other group started with the movie). They recommend prebooking on their website. Tours in other languages than Finnish need to be booked ahead, but when I visited, someone English-speaking just walked up to join the tour and the guide shared some of the information in English.
The mill has been kept in the condition it was in when they closed and it is well maintained. I assume that as there are not that much visitors, the owner UPM-Kymmene puts a lot of their own money into maintaining the museum. It was interesting to see how rudimentary the process of cardboard manufacturing was back in the days.
There are also other buildings in the area. You can get in some of them, but they are quick to scan through. There are also prehistoric rock paintings that can be seen from a small platform built next to the parking lot.
I'd say Verla is still off the beaten path. The somewhat remote location must contribute to that. Sure, it can be reached by car, but a typical tourist probably doesn't end up in the area, so you have to drive there just for the purpose of visiting Verla. I went there by bus. There are a whopping 4 buses a week there and back from Kouvola (bus number 15 of Kouvola public transport): on Saturdays and Sundays there's a morning bus and an afternoon bus. On weekdays, there is no bus service. At least this summer the bus timetable was made so that the morning bus left about 1.5 hours at Verla and the afternoon bus about 2 hours (or if you take the morning bus there and the afternoon bus back, you would have the full day there, but I believe it would be too long). I took the morning bus, so I had time to take the tour and scan the rest of the area quickly. I had prebooked my tour at the mill to make sure that I could get on the only one that fits in the slot the buses allow. The bus departed from the railway station in Kouvola and went past the Veturi shopping mall, where some of the long-distance coaches stop. I left Helsinki on a train departing a bit after 8 AM and was back around 4 PM (I had lunch in Kouvola after getting back from Verla).Written 31 July 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We went to the park on a cloudy and slightly cold day. Perhaps that's the reason the park was not crowded at all, and most of the rides had no line at all.
The park is mostly for young children. The rides are nice and not too scary. There aren't too many rides for teenagers or adults.
We bought wristbands for all the family, but actually it was enough to get wristbands for the kids only.Written 11 August 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We went with our kids that enjoyed the train toys and the quiet to play and watch all the trains running around
Really friendly and unique placeWritten 23 August 2017
- Venturi is a huge shopping centre with everything you could possibly need. I was really surprised that a place like this exists in Kouvola. I will definitely go again!Written 23 June 2019
- Hevoshaan Arboretum is situated in Sippola (address Silmuntie 140), about 30 kilometers from the city center of Kouvola. This is a quite nice arboretum (a botanical garden devoted to trees). Trees have been planted mainly in the 1930's and some of them in the 2000's. There isn't any admission fee and it is easy to walk along a marked path. However, I prefer Arboretum Mustila, which is located in the former municipality of Elimäki (nowadays it belongs to the city of Kouvola), about 25 kilometers from the city center of Kouvola. Hevoshaan Arboretum isn't as as big and as diverse as Arboretum Mustila.Written 9 October 2015
- Very interesting museum! Also for kids. Lots of things to see if you like history and machines. Beautiful surroundings.Written 13 August 2021
- However, the station is quite functional with wide platforms and some restaurant-cafes.
For a tourist, the main sight is an old steam locomotive from the 1920s.Written 16 June 2020
- There is a very nice circle route named Korpin kierros in Niivermäki Nature Conservation Area. It is 2.1 kilometers long and starts just behind the shopping center Veturi, 200 meters from K-Rauta Ironmonger's (home improvement shop).
You don't need wellingtons (rubber boots), because there are boardwalks on the wettest passages. There is a low observation tower on the trail. If you are hiking with kids, you should be aware, because there is a cliff without a fence next to the observation tower.
There aren't any services in Niivermäki (not even dry toilets or waste baskets). So you have to use the services of the shopping center Veturi.
Niivermäki Nature Conservation Area is worth of a separate trip but it is also a nice resting place for drivers driving along the highway 6.Written 14 August 2015
- After visiting World Heritage Site Verla near by, make small additional tour here. Art center is at old modern Church built in 1960s.
There is changing exhibition every year, so making it interesting place to visit annually. 2020 has limited opening, only July and present art from Pekka Halonen, Ferdinand von Wright and miscellaneous pieces from early 20th century.
Outside has Garden of Love, with sculptures.Written 22 July 2020
- Mielakka Ski Center (Mielakan rinnekeskus) has quite good ski slopes and cross-country skiing tracks. However, they offer activities in summer, too. Mielakka BikePark is extremely good. They have 20 downhill mountain biking routes, two lifts and biking paths. The cafeteria-restaurant is quite nice and cozy. You can also buy sausages there and grill sausages in their campfire. Besides, they always have something new in Mielakka Ski Center. Now they have painted the longest rag rug painting in Finland. It is about 350 meters long.Written 3 September 2020
- A magical place in a remote part of Finland. The photos of the art work say it all. Very impressed. Gallery and Cafe 12-6 pm Tuesday to Sunday June to August.Written 2 July 2018
- Pyhän Ristin Kirkko (Holy Cross Church) was built in 1913-1915. First it was a Russian military church, then a Lutheran church and nowadays an orthodox church. The building is extremely beautiful. It is situated within the precincts of an old barracks, only one kilometer from the downtown (Manski pedestrian street). However, I recommend that you walk still further from the church to see all beautiful houses in the old barracks area (around parks Prikaatinpuisto and Rykmentinpuisto).Written 20 October 2018
- You can find good selection of books here, and some of them are in english too. Some books are really hard to find because they're placed unclearly. Building is quite old and the library is not very cozy.Written 12 October 2018
- Water park is outdoor and does not have heated pool. Hence it is important to check the weather forecast before visiting there. There is ice cream kiosk and coffee/lunch canteen inside of the park. It is good to remember to bring your own towels with you and swimming suits. There are amusement racks for both teenagers and small kids. And parents could just relax on the sun chairs.Written 24 July 2020
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