A Decorative Showpiece for the Palace
The windmill at Sanssouci Palace is among the best-known mills in Germany. Legend has it that Frederick the Great was bothered by the clatter of the windmill's sails and insisted that the miller, named Grävenitz, tear it down. The king acquiesced, however, when the miller threatened to take the case before the superior court of justice.
The original post windmill from 1738 had to be torn down because of its dilapidated condition. It was replaced by a windmill based on a Dutch model. Although this structure was largely destroyed in World War II, the sails of the Historic Windmill of Sanssouci, visible from quite a distance, have been turning again since 1993. The mill is operated by the association Mühlenvereinigung Berlin-Brandenburg e. V.
In addition to a pleasant view, visitors can expect an interesting exhibition exploring the history of the mill and the processing of grain. Bread baked with Sanssouci flour is available for purchase in the museum shop.