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museums Accessible for people with visual or hearing impairments Historical monuments and sites Historische Mühle von Sanssouci

Maulbeerallee 5
14469 Potsdam


Leisure time Visually impaired Leisure time mentally handicapped leisure time deaf/hearing-impaired
In Potsdam there were once more than 40 windmills which served to supply the population and the garrisons. Of these, only the Historical Mill at Sanssouci Castle remains. As early as 1738, a bock windmill for processing grain was put into operation. 7 years later, in 1745, Frederick II had his summer palace built not far from the mill. It was not the rattling of the mill that disturbed the king in his calm, but rather the castle that took the wind away from the mill and disturbed the miller at work. The story of the Supreme Court is a legend.

Between 1787 and 1791 the dilapidated Bock windmill was replaced by a new windmill of Dutch design. The Galerieholländermühle operated until 1858 and was shut down due to unprofitability. Since 1861 it has been a listed building. On April 27, 1945, however, it became a robbery of the flames. For many years it stood unused until reconstruction plans were drawn up at the beginning of the 1980s. The Chamber of Crafts planned the establishment of a crafts museum. The reconstruction was completed in 1993 on the occasion of the 1,000th anniversary of the city of Potsdam. However, it took until 2003 until the mill was able to process grain regularly again with wind power.

Since 2007 there is a new permanent exhibition with the main topics: Mills in the Potsdam cultural landscape (ground floor), the handicraft windmill of the 18th and 19th centuries (1st floor), the history of the historical mill (2nd floor), mills in the present (3rd floor). The mill technology is located on the 4th to 6th floors above. On the 6th floor there are large wheels from which the millstone is driven on the grinding floor and the screening machine (classifier) on the flour floor.

The Galerie der Mühle offers a view into parts of the park of Sanssouci and the city of Potsdam. Actually, however, it is used to operate the wings. It can be used to rotate the roof to align the wing cross with the wind and to change the canvas covering on the wings. On the ground floor there is a small mill shop offering various mill products, literature and souvenirs.

Opening Hours

01.04.2022 - 31.10.2022
Monday 10:00h - 18:00h
Tuesday 10:00h - 18:00h
Wednesday 10:00h - 18:00h
Thursday 10:00h - 18:00h
Friday 10:00h - 18:00h
Saturday 10:00h - 18:00h
Sunday/Holiday 10:00h - 18:00h

New Opening Hours 01.11.2022

01.11.2022 - 30.11.2022
Saturday 10:00h - 16:00h
Sunday/Holiday 10:00h - 16:00h
01.01.2023 - 31.03.2023
Saturday 16:00h - 16:00h
Sunday/Holiday 16:00h - 16:00h
April bis Oktober letzter Einlass 17.30 Uhr / November, Januar bis März letzter Einlass 15.45 Uhr / Dezember geschlossen

t Information for blind and visually impaired guests

Information and experience

  • Offers, exhibits etc. can be experienced with several senses
  • special guided tours for blind and visually impaired guests are offered
  • comment
    • Guided tours are offered individually after registration/ accompanying person required
    • Sensual experiences, such as the smell and sounds of the mill in which grain is still processed, technical equipment and grinding tools such as a hand mill can be felt and tried out, feel boxes available in the exhibition,
    • Mill shop on the ground floor with products and souvenirs

Paths and safety

  • comment
    • Spiral staircase to the upper floors with grab handle on the left side,
    • Steps in the area of mill technology (4. to 6. floor) with high-contrast step marking (these steps are very steep)

Professional competence/service

  • Comment: Information on the accessibility of the park and the buildings in Sanssouci can be obtained from the visitor centre at the foot of the Mühlenberg.

Collection of data

  • Researcher (Institution) Tourism Academy Brandenburg
  • The data presented here are verified data
  • Date of data collection 21.11.2012

t Information for Guests with Learning Disabilities/ "Mental Disability

That's good to know:

  • Everything will be explained and shown to you in peace. You can ask questions.
  • Further information:
    • Guided tours are made exactly for the wishes of the guests. Please register in advance.
    • Please bring your companions or carers with you.
    • There is something for all the senses: feeling, smelling, tasting, hearing, seeing.
    • You can grind flour yourself with a hand-mill
    • from the gallery of the mill you have a beautiful view over the castle park Sanssouci and over the city of Potsdam
    • on the ground floor there is a small shop with products and souvenirs

We can still do that for you:

  • Further information:
    • In the visitor centre next to the mill you will find information about other barrier-free facilities in the Schloss-Park and Potsdam.

Who collected this information? When?

  • Experts have checked: Is the information above correct?
  • When did the information come from? 27.10.2009
  • When did the information come from? 21.11.2012

t Information for deaf and hard of hearing guests

Information and experience

  • special guided tours for deaf and hard of hearing guests are offered
  • acoustic information can also be experienced in other ways
  • comment
    • Guided tours are offered individually by appointment:
    • Guided tours in small groups, where special attention is paid to needs such as lip reading,
    • Descriptions of mill history and technology at the lowest levels of the museum on display boards

Professional competence/service

  • A sign language or written interpreter can be organised on request.
  • Comment: Information on other barrier-free services available at the visitor centre at the foot of the Mühlenberg mountain.

Collection of data

  • The data presented here are verified data
  • Date of data collection 21.11.2012