{Germany} Aurich’s Historic Windmill

August 19, 2016

Kids in Museums, Germany

100 Museums Challenge: Museums No.91

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During a rainy day on our seaside holiday last week, we drove to the town of Aurich to visit the children’s museum there, only to discover that it didn’t open until the afternoon. So we consulted out tourist map of the town and discovered, that there was a historic windmill and museum nearby. A short walk through the rain later, and we were standing in front of the ‘Mühlenfachmuseum Stiftsmühle Aurich’.

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The Stiftsmühle is the biggest corn mill in East Frisia and a symbol of the town of Aurich. The almost 30m high windmill is still fully functioning, but now houses a museum across its five floors, which gives an insight in to the history of windmills, interesting facts about the journey of corn from the field to becoming bread, insights in to the work of a miller, and the social history of how the corn mill integrated into and interacted with its surroundings. There are various working models of mills, which the boys delighted in setting in motion at the press of a button, as well as original equipment and historic photographs. From the gallery on the top floor (around 17m high), you apparently have a stunning view over the town of Aurich, though it was a rather wet affair on this occasion.

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The Stiftsmühle is open Tuesdays to Sundays from April to October, and admission was just a couple of Euros. Due to the nature of the building, it is not accessible to wheelchairs or prams (we were able to leave our pram under the supervision of the staff on the ground floor), and the narrow and rather steep stairs connecting the floors may be difficult for anyone with limited mobility or who has an issue with heights. Further information (in German) can be found on the website for Aurich.

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