Group Offers Historic Windmill

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)

Address

Historic Windmill
Maulbeerallee 5
14469 Potsdam

How to get there

Public Transportation

Stop "Potsdam, Schloss Sanssouci"

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Parking

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.

Contact & Booking

Historic Windmill at Sanssouci
Mühlenvereinigung Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.
Maulbeerallee 5
14469 Potsdam, Germany
info(at)historische-muehle-potsdam.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 331.55 06-851
Fax: +49 (0) 331.55 06-853

Accessibility

Only ground floor and inner courtyard are wheelchair accessible. Barrier-free restrooms at the visitor centre.

Due to the historical structure of the windmill, it is unfortunately not possible to use prams / baby strollers and wheelchairs in the exhibition rooms.

Guided Tours and Prices (Adults)

Group tour: Historic 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 30

Guided Tours and Prices (School groups/students)

Group tour: Historic 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

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.