Group Offers Historic Windmill

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The windmill at Sanssouci Palace is among the best-known mills in Germany. According to legend, Frederick the Great was bothered by the rattling of the mill and asked the miller Grävenitz to tear it down. When, however, the miller threatened to take the case before the Supreme Court, the king relented. The original adjustable windmill from 1738 was torn down because of dilapidation and it was replaced by a windmill in the Dutch style in 1787-91. After the mill shut down in 1858, it was declared a monument in 1861 and was intermittently open for viewing until its destruction in April 1945. Reconstruction began at the beginning of the 1980s. The craftsman’s museum planned by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce was not realized. However, in 1993, construction was far enough advanced by Potsdam’s millennial celebration that the sails could turn again for the first time. The mill is a functioning technical museum, where wind power has been used to grind grain into groats and flour since 2003.

The Historic Windmill Association offers the following group tour:

  • Historic Windmill
    Highlights of the guided tour: Gallery Floor, Grinding Floor, Floor Boards and Dresser Floor, work stations & workshops (for e.g. an incentive day with the team or colleagues)
  • Educational programs and guided tours for schools, students, playschool and other educational institutions (only available in german language)


Historic Windmill [Historische Mühle]
Maulbeerallee 5
14469 Potsdam

Getting here and parking

Public Transportation

Stop "Potsdam, Schloss Sanssouci"

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Paid parking spaces for cars and buses in the car park P1 – At the Historic Windmill.

Opening Hours for Groups

Daily 10-6 (April-October)
Saturday/Sunday 10-4 (November, January-March)
Guided tours only on request, during and outside the regular opening hours.


Historische Mühle von Sanssouci
Mühlenvereinigung Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.
Maulbeerallee 5
14469 Potsdam
Phone: 0331.55 06-851


  • not wheelchair accessible

Due to the historical structure of the windmill, it is unfortunately not possible to use prams / baby strollers and wheelchairs in the exhibition rooms. Only ground floor and inner courtyard are wheelchair accessible.
Barrier-free restrooms at the visitor centre.

Guided Tours and Prices (Adults)

Group tourHistoric Windmill
Availability year-round
Duration 1,5 hours
Flat rate for groups

4 €/ 3 €/ 2 € per person plus a Flat rate for Groups (25 € in regular opening hours and 35 € out of the opening hours)

Group size maximum 10-12

Guided Tours and Prices (School groups/students)

Group tourHistoric Windmill
Availability year-round
Duration 1,5 hours
Flat rate for groups

 2,00 € per person (playschool, pre-school, school, after-school, vocational school, university)
each tour two escorts free of charge, each additional escort 4,00 €, flat rate for Groups is not applicable.

Group size depends on the age 15-25

General Terms and Conditions for Group Tourism

The General Terms and Conditions of the Mühlenvereinigung Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.

Photo Permits for Groups

A photo permission is not requested. Commercial use and publication of the pictures is not approved fdue to copyright reasons.

Plan your visit

Information and cashier, permanent exhibition in the windmill, restrooms at the visitor center at the Historic windmill

Luggage storage

Please note: No luggage or baggage may be left in the entrance area of the palace for security and safety reasons.
Unfortunately, there are no facilities for storing larger pieces of luggage or similar baggage on the premises of this historical site. We appreciate your understanding.


In the surroundings you will find the following dining options:

Café Caroline
at the Visitor Centre at the New Palace (South Gate Building / "Südtorgebäude")

near the entrance "Grünes Gitter"

Augustiner im Bürgerbahnhof
next to the station "Park Sanssouci"

Café Repin
near Picture Gallery and Sanssouci Palace

Drachenhaus Restaurant & Cafe im Park Sanssouci
between "Paradiesgarten" and Belvedere Klausberg

Lottenhof / Bill's Kitchen
near Charlottenhof Villa

Zur Historischen Mühle
near Sanssouci Palace

Shuttle service

The SPSG offers a free shuttle service between the Grünes Gitter (Green Grille) and the New Palace on the so-called “Ökonomieweg” in Sanssouci Park from April to October, daily from 11 am to 5.30 pm.

As the shuttle service is only made possible by the voluntary work of the drivers, we ask for your understanding if the service is not always available. Unfortunately, the shuttle service is also not available during heavy rain.