The Britzer Muhle is one of the eight remaining windmills in Berlin and it is the only surviving windmill that used to exist in Britz.
I discovered the place completely by accident when I was taking my bike for a long walk to Brandenburg. Once I was at Buckower Damm, I saw this weird shaped thing on the corner of my eye and I had to stop my bike. That weird shape was the Britzer Muhle and this is how everything started out.
But, what is the story behind the Britzer Muhle?
Back in 1856, Friedrich Rentsch acquired the land where the windmills still stand. For the next 20 years, it was sold and bought by different people and it worked as a windmill until 1936 when it was replaced by a diesel engine. A few years later, in 1955, the Britzer Mühle came under monument protection and it went under renovation.
Since the windmill is so close to the Britzer Garden, the Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin decided to integrate it to the upcoming Federal Garden Show of 1985. This was the beginning of a new era for the windmill and everything started to look great for the old windmill.
After the Federal Garden Show, the windmill was bought by Piet Leeuw in 1987 and it was joined by the restaurant of the same name in the same place. I know I have to try my luck with the restaurant as soon as I can!
If you want to learn more about windmills, the Britzer Mühle is open for tours from friday to sunday from 11 to 16. And you can even take part of the bread sale from the windmill.