International Wind- And Watermill Museum, Gifhorn

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.1/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
The International Wind- and Watermill Museum, at Gifhorn in the German state of Lower Saxony, is the only one of its kind in Europe. On the museum's open-air site, which covers an area of around 16ha, there are currently 16 mills from 12 different countries (as at 2009). The mills are either original or faithful reproductions and are set in landscapes typical of their origins. Right across the site are historic artefacts associated with mills and the milling industry. The museum site is easily accessed by road; nearby is the intersection between the B 4 and B 188 federal highways. The museum is station 65 on the Lower Saxon Mill Road.Museum originsThe history of the mill museum is closely linked to its founder and owner, Horst Wrobel. In 1965 he discovered an old post mill that was still working, on the Elm ridge at Abbenrode during an outing. Horst Wrobel made a replica of the mill at a scale of 1:25 and then collected all kinds of material about windmills and watermills. In 1974 he established a private museum in Suhlendorf with the first models of mills that he had built. In order to create a larger scale model, he first made overtures in 1977 to the district of Gifhorn, who then actively supported the project. In the same year the two parties concluded a leasehold agreement for the land of the future museum site.
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  • We are in the evening there have been grilling, good staff very friendly price performance ok and the environment with the mills is class in the summer.
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  • This was a lovely place to spend a few hours strolling the grounds. The weather was perfect and there were so many good photo opportunities. It was interesting to see the variety of windmills and wate...  read more »
  • The location of the mill Museum is unique. The many different mills are very informative and provide a great photo backdrop. You can nice walk at Castle's pond and good coffee in the restaurant. The sugar pie is famous. Sturdy footwear is recommended because the routes are mainly pebbles, so nothing for high heels.
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  • Awesome atmosphere, beautiful windmills, you can eat nice food, the location is awesome. There are good descriptions to the windmills. If you i are in that region, this should be on your list to visit.😊
  • Very nice facility and a really great collection of historic mills. The caption is also good. What has bothered me that it has demanded extra entry for the Russian church on the site. I broke a small snack I was going to have after 10 minutes of waiting without any of the staff came off.
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  • Great great super trip
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  • Great investment! Very good! Especially the stone oven bread is devilishly delicious!
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  • You can enjoy it with the family and just give the beautiful atmosphere and recommended for families and fell in love with :)
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