Verla is a well-preserved 19th century mill village and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. The first groundwood mill at Verla was founded in 1872 by Hugo Nauman but was destroyed by fire in 1876. A larger groundwood and board mill, founded in 1882 by Gottlieb Kreidl and Louis Haenel, continued to operate until 1964.

The Verla groundwood and board mill and its associated habitation are an outstanding and remarkably well-preserved example of the small-scale rural industrial settlement associated with pulp, paper and board production that flourished in northern Europe and North America in the 19th and early 20th centuries, of which only a handful survive.

Verla museum is open for visitors from May to September, but the larger World Heritage Site area can be explored around the year.



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Verlantie, Kouvola, Finland
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Founded: 1872-1882
Category: Industrial sites in Finland
Historical period: Russian Grand Duchy (Finland)


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Janika Hurri (4 months ago)
The museum was very interesting. The tour could have been more detailed, but for the price you really can't complain. Nice little crafts shops and café as well, though quite pricey.
Yingnan Zhao (4 months ago)
Very nice guided tour in Finnish. There is a summary in English, as well as a film with English subtitles. The guiders speak good English. Beautiful place and wonderful view.
Juhani Polkko (4 months ago)
Beautiful area - free walk in the park. The guided tour is very interesting, as the factory is pretty much intact inside. Well worth a visit!
P (5 months ago)
Our English language guide Ella was excellent! Our tour took about an hour and I was totally engaged. Lunch (salmon soup with bread for €10) at the cafe was economical and speedy. Note: Other guests, who ordered earlier than us, were still waiting for their waffle lunch even after we had finished our lunch.
Jukka Paulin (5 months ago)
Absolutely fascinating place! Visited in summer 2021. There's plenty of aesthetic views, industrial history, rusty, beautiful decommissioned machinery and vents.
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