There are places where time really seems to stand still in a truly magical way. Anyone who has ever visited a historical mill will be familiar with this...
From grain to loaf
The creaking of the thick oak floorboards, the whistling of the wind in the rafters and the rhythmic clattering of the heavy millstone: there are places where time really seems to stand still in a magical way. Anyone who has ever visited a historical mill will be familiar with this feeling. You almost expect the miller to come climbing up the narrow wooden steps to tip a sack of grain into the mill.
Whether it’s a windmill or a water mill – each of these impressive buildings tells its very own story.
In Papenburg two windmills take visitors off on a journey back through time.
The post mill (Bockwindmühle) an der Wiek is not only the oldest mill in Emsland, it is also the only post mill where the entire mill house can be rotated to catch the wind. Meyers Mühle mill also has a very special feature: equipped with a steam mill, the miller was able to mill grain even when the wind wasn’t blowing. The mill is still regularly used and the flour used to bake the popular mill bread.
Visitors to the Mersmühle mill in Haren are treated to the delectable smell of freshly baked bread and can find out how grain is turned into bread. Detailed mill models and an exhibition about the evolution of cereal growing never fail to impress visitors.
Enking’s Mill in Emsbüren is over 200 years old. Inside the Dutch mill everything is exactly as it was back then: wooden steps, a millstone, scales and a block and tackle for lifting the flour sacks. Just like when it first opened, rye is milled here and used in the famous Emsbürener Pumpernickel which, in turn, is used in the Mill Café’s delicious brown bread cake.
Two wonderful windmills with sails await visitors in Meppen. The Höltingmühle mill, situated picturesquely by the riverside at the confluence of the Hase River and the Dortmund-Ems Canal, is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy some refreshments. The Herrenmühle water mill, located on the Nordradde River, is the venue for the “Sommer an der Herrenmühle” series of events every year, featuring concerts and readings.
Another impressive mill lies a little to the north, in the small town of Hüven. What makes the Hüvener Mill so special is that it is one of the very few remaining combined water and wind mills in Europe. The best way to explore this technical masterpiece is on a guided tour.
A mill has stood in Lengerich for more than 450 years. Nestling in an idyllic little wood, surrounded by ponds, is the fully restored Ramings Mill. At this historic mill everything literally revolves around milling and baking. The centrepiece of the romantic boutique hotel Aselager Mühle in Herzlake, with its outstanding restaurant and spacious spa, is the eponymous mill.
These aren’t the only wind and water mills in Emsland. Other mills well worth visiting include the Kreutzmanns Mühle in Werlte, the mill in Wippingen, the Hilter Mill in Lathen, the Autmaring'sche Mill in Emsbüren, the windmill in Clusorth Bramhar, the Hesemannsche Mill in Handrup and the water mill Bruneforth in Groß Stavern.