Visit Verla

The World Heritage site may be visited and accommodation is available all year round. The Verla Mill Museum, lunch café, exhibitions and shops are open only in the summer – or for groups by reservation only at other times of year. Find out about what the area has to offer and plan a visit that’s just right for you.

Visit Verla

The World Heritage site may be visited and accommodation is available all year round. The Verla Mill Museum, lunch café, exhibitions and shops are open only in the summer – or for groups by reservation only at other times of year. Find out about what the area has to offer and plan a visit that’s just right for you.

Visiting the museum 

The Verla Mill Museum, consisting of the groundwood and board mills, can be visited only as part of a guided tour. Tickets for museum tours can be reserved in advance for the day and time of your choice through the webstore. Visitors with reduced mobility can take part in a partial tour with the group.

The World Heritage area

Visitors can explore the history- and forest-themed trails of the Verla World Heritage site on their own, as well as view the site’s prehistoric rock paintings. The Mill Museum’s gardener leads guided tours of the mill owner’s garden.

Admission to the site’s exhibitions is free. Downstairs from the customer service desk, you will find a small permanent exhibition, and opposite that, in the fire equipment shed, is information about the mill’s fire-fighting team. An exhibition about log driving is on display in the frame saw building, and the bale warehouse in the middle of the museum site houses temporary exhibitions. An exhibition at the Lippu Homestead depicts millworkers’ housing.

Shops and restaurants 

Local artisans display their wares in the small shops and workshops of the museum site. They offer a wide selection of goods, from organic bread to sweets, from knitwear to ceramics, glassware and handmade paper.

A café serving lunch and local baked goods operates in the Verla warehouse during the summer. There is also a wine shop that organises tastings.

Activities 

There are many different activities to enjoy at Verla and in the surrounding area. You can easily take to the water at Verla in a rented canoe or rowing boat. After a busy day, take some private time in a lakeside sauna. Near the centre of Verla, a 2-kilometre nature trail winds around Kokkokallio hill. 

For groups

The Verla World Heritage site is a memorable excursion destination where you can experience both history and nature. Museum tours for May should be reserved well in advance as May is a popular time for school groups to visit. 

Should your group include individuals with reduced mobility, we ask that you notify us at the time of making your reservation. A tour designed for those with reduced mobility may also be reserved for an entire group.

The Clubhouse can be reserved for the use of groups of over 100 people, and the Verla warehouse café can provide lunch for groups by prior arrangement. 

In addition to the museum tour, groups can explore the area on their own on various themed trails and excursions. 

Repovesi-Verla

Repovesi National Park, one of Finland’s most important natural sites, is half an hour’s drive away. Together, Repovesi and Verla comprise an exceptional part of the history and nature of the Finnish forest industry. Numerous stories about hunting, log driving, contracts and the felling of trees, as well as large-scale conservation and protection of biodiversity, create a colourful and intricate environment for visitors who enjoy nature and history. 

The Kouvola area

Visitors from outside the region often also explore the other cultural attractions around Kouvola, such as the Vuohijärvi Nature and Culture House, the Poikilo Museums and Arboretum Mustila. In the summer, the Tykkimäki amusement park is a favourite among families with children.

The Repovesi National Park, one of Finland’s most important natural sites, is a half-hour drive away. 

Getting here

The Verla World Heritage site is located in the village of Verla, a 32-kilometre drive from the centre of Kouvola. 

You can reach Verla by car or taxi from Kouvola train station. We recommend that groups charter a bus.

Verla is a 28-kilometre bicycle ride from Kouvola and takes about an hour and a half. Bicycles can be rented from the Cumulus City hotel in Kouvola.

Verla can also be reached from Repovesi National Park by water. Canoes can be rented from Seikkailuviikari in Repovesi.

Accessibility

The Verla Mill Museum is not an accessible site. However, visitors with reduced mobility can take part in a partial tour with the group. A disabled toilet is available in the old stable building where the other toilets are located.

Accessibility Policy

Arrival by private or rental car

The drive from Kouvola to Verla takes about half an hour. The driving time from Helsinki and Mikkeli is approximately two hours, and from Lahti slightly more than an hour. It is also possible to rent a car in Kouvola.

Arrival by public transportation

The closest train station is in Kouvola, from which a bus runs to Verla in the summer.

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