Kouvola Historic Sites

Historic Sites in Kouvola, Finland

Kouvola Historic Sites

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  • Heikki s
    Helsinki, Finland103 contributions
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    Verla was the first stop of our five day round trip of Southeastern Finland. A friend recommended the place, and for good reason.

    Overall an impressive and beautiful place, well taken care of. We stayed in a lovely, tidy cottage built in the late 19th century. Enjoyed the sauna and clear water of the lake.

    I'd give 5/5 if not for some trouble with the sauna door code... And overpriced drinks in the restaurant. But all in all, a positive experience!
    Written 22 December 2023
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    Korian sillat (Koria Bridges) is the name for two bridges over the River Kymi (Kymijoki). These bridges are important historical landmarks. The older bridge was built in 1870 and it is the oldest truss bridge in Finland. Besides, it is the only Finnish bridge made of cinder pig, e.g. iron made from a mixture of mill cinder with ore or crude metal. The newer bridge was built in 1925. It is one of the first Finnish bridges made of reinforced concrete (ferroconcrete). These bridges and the place are quite beautiful. There are two parking places next to these bridges. The address of the bigger parking place is Läntinen Ratatie 286 and the smaller one is situated at the beginning of Tammirannantie. There is a nice sitting place by the river.
    Written 13 April 2020
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    Utti Fort (Utin vallit in Finnish) is an important part of Finnish war history. The fortification chain was built in 1790's to defend St. Petersburg which belongs to Russia nowadays. Under the command of General Alexander Suvorov, Russia built the Utti Fortress in 1791-1792.

    The star-shaped Utti Fortress is 218 meters long and 172 meters wide. There have been 24 cannons in the fortress and the fortress could accommodate 400 solders. The fortress is very beautiful in an aerial picture. Unfortunately there isn't very much to see at ground level nowadays.

    Utti Fort is situated 12 kilometers (about 16 minutes by car) to the east of the city center of Kouvola (between Kouvola and Lappeenranta). It is located almost next to Utti ABC gas station, on the other side of the main road number 6 (Kuutostie). If you are coming from the parking place of ABC Utti Kouvola, drive across the highway 6 to Ranta-Utintie and turn immediately to the left (Vallitie). Follow the road about 500-600 meters and you find a parking place. (Or you can turn to Ranta-Utintie from the main road 6 and to the right to Vallitie immediately after that.)

    Utti Fort is accessible using public transportation, too. There is a bus stop named "Utintien risteys" a bit before ABC Utti Kouvola when you are coming from the direction of Kouvola.

    Especially our teens loved this place. And if you are still more interested in war history, remember that there are an old military aircraft (Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6) and war memorials behind ABC Utti Kouvola.
    Written 12 May 2017
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    Pioneeripuisto is an old garrison area in Koria, Kouvola. The Russians built 12 redbrick buildings there in 1911-1915. Finland got the independence in 1917. After that Pioneeripuisto was the garrison of Finnish pioneer soldiers in 1920-1994. Nowadays there are private homes there. There are historical buildings, some monuments or sculptures, beautiful parks and good walking or jogging routes in Pioneeripuisto. Pioneerimetsan luontopolku nature trail (read separate TripAdvisor reviews) starts from Pioneeripuisto. There is also a very good playground for children in Pioneeripuisto. I love this area. By the way, there is also another old garrison area with redbrick buildings in Kouvola. It is named Kasarminmäki. Remember to visit both of them. They are an important part of Finnish military history.
    Written 30 August 2020
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    The redoubt of Ruotsula was built in the 1740's by Russian soldiers and it was used until 1809. It is a quadrangular rampart, which has been made of soil.

    Ruotsulan redutti hasn't been restored and so there isn't very much to see there. For me the most interesting thing was a nice barn which has been built on the foundations of an old Russian soldier church.

    If you are interested in Ruotsulan redutti, drive along the road named Ulvinkuja and follow white arrows on a blue background. There is a small parking place behind a farmhouse. From the parking place you have to walk about 200 meters along the edge of a field.

    You may visit Ruotsulan redutti freely. There isn't any entrance fee. There aren't any services either there. Ruotsulan redutti is also a nature conservation area by the River Kymijoki. This is a nice cycling destination from the city center of Kouvola.
    Written 23 August 2017
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    This historical watermill is 175 years old. There is also a very short (no more than one hundred meters) nature trail named Liito-oravan kierros (Circle Trail of Flying Squirrel) next to the mill. The riverside is a nice picnic place. You see small rapids and beautiful nature. There is also a pedestrian bridge over the River Jokelanjoki (Käyräjoki) there. On the other side of the river you see a very rare horizontal giant's cauldron (a glacial pothole). There is also a very cozy cafeteria named Sisustus-Kahvila Kaarnasydan there (read separate Tripadvisor reviews about it). Jokelan mylly is a beautiful place to take a rest and enjoy nature.
    Written 1 June 2023
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