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“Beautiful, historic place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Verla Groundwood Mill Museum

Verla Groundwood Mill Museum
Verlantie 295, Verla 47850 , Finland
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Verla
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
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Tampere, Finland
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“Beautiful, historic place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This is an Unesco heritage site because it is still (almost) in the same condition at the last day of its operation.

You should take the guided tour, you get so much good information during the 1-hour tour. The tours are organized every 30 minutes. Almost all of the tours are in Finnish but there is a 10min film before the tour which has English subtitles and I believe you can have an English summary (leaflet?) from the info point.

The Verla is in the middle of nowhere. However, the surroundings and the setup are beautiful.

If you are travelling close to Lahti, Kouvola or Mikkeli, this is must place to visit. The smaller roads are also very pleasant to drive across the Finnish countryside.

Visited August 2013
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Kouvola, Finland
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“UNESCO World Heritage Site: an idyllic mill village and old rock paintings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

The Verla Mill Museum is situated by the Verlankoski rapids in Valkeala, about 30 kilometers from the city centre of Kouvola.

The very first Verla mill was opened in 1872 but it was destroyed in a fire. The present decorative redbrick buildings date from the 1890's. They have been a museum since 1972.

The main Verla product was white board made from spruce. Products were exported even to South America.

You can visit the mill building only with guided tours (in Finnish each hour on the hour, other languages by arrangement). The mill village can be visited independently (on your own). There are nice boutiques and a beautiful garden in the mill area.

Remember to see also the Verla rock painting, which is about 7,000 years old. It is situated just above the mill rapids, about 200 meters from the mill building. Painted on the vertical rock face are eight mooses, three human beings and an angular figure, perhaps a snake. The rock painting has overall length of six meters and a height of 1.6 meters. The painting represents the oldest stratum of Finnish rock art, mainly of the Comb Ceramic period ca 4200-2000 B.C. This rock painting is the largest of its kind in the area and ranks among the most notable Finnish rock paintings.

You can stay overnight in cottages (built in the late 19th and early 20th century) once inhabited by Verla mill workers or later holiday cottages once owned by Kymi industry.

Remember to visit Repovesi National Park on the same way when you come to Verla.

Visited July 2013
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Helsinki, Finland
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“Nice place - in the middle of nowhere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

The place was packed with senior citizens but still there was room to walk around and take in the unique site. The cafe is quite pricy but the cakes and pastries were quite tasty. On the downside it's some drive to get there from Kouvola but if you know how to navigate the roads it's worth a visit.

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“Verla Unesco World Heritage sight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

If you want to understand how paper is made, this museum is worth a visit. I addition, it is a beautiful sight: its architecture, lakes around it, the little museum shops, local Verla wine to taste in a bred and wine shop, a cafe. Entrance fee to the museum, otherwise free.

Visited July 2013
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“Far away from the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

It was lucky that a Finnish friend drove me to Repovesi National Park and then here.

You must find out the route to go here before driving from Internet and need to remember every turn at each junction. No roadsign "Verla" can be seen until the last junction.

A small industrial hertiage showing the process of making paper is worth to see, including the process of quality check and standardization. Interesting!

Visited May 2013
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