International Wind- And Watermill Museum, Gifhorn
(4.3/5 based on 30 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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  • I wasn't expecting to enjoy this, but I really did. It's a pretty place to walk around and see all the different types of wind and water mills. The lunch hall serves good beer and baked items (not sur...  more »
  • Target was actually somewhere else, but the Navi has guided past us there so we took off. And we have not regretted it! The system is really nicely designed and a must for any of the old technology interest. Not only the original replicas on the grounds are great, also the Hall with the models and cutting models is super. The restaurant in the old House's class, the food very very good and reasonably priced people very nice. Weekends were there just Thanksgiving preparations in progress and some craftsmen journeymen on the rolling made station there, again as an extra history kick that gave the whole. We had since super nice conversations and got many tips and information. We were there for over 5 hours, but I think we will make again a accommodation in Gifhorn, to explore the entire Museum alone.
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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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  • Beautiful location and well-preserved grounds. Excellent selection of windmills. Well worth the trip!
  • 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.😊
  • Never saw something like this before. Very nice.
  • Beautiful place! A good site to visit particularly in the summer!
  • The mill Museum is really interesting and worth seeing. It is not too large, which is convenient because you can see everything in 3-5 hours. Many mills are replicas, but there are also some restored originals.
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