The Ratsmühle is in tourist hibernation, they did not deserve that. I rediscovered this neighborhood last year and am very pleased. Two old water towers (water art) from the middle of the 15th century are still standing. One here at the Ratsmühle, the older one at the Abtsmühle (The Gate to the "Brausebrücke").
I found two links that describe the development of this mill well:kleiekotzer.com/page30.html
quadratlueneburg.de/ratsmuehle-getreide.htmlThis could change with the new building "Museum Lüneburg", the reconstruction of the old Nordlandhalle and the proximity to the water tower.
This district was the grubby corner of Lüneburg's center. Due to the new buildings and conversions this corner gets a new face and is magical in the summer. The new "Museum Lüneburg" has a terrace where you can enjoy the whole with coffee and cake. It is also possible to circle the whole thing again. Discover it yourself.
December 30, 2016
The Ratsmühle is the foremost mill in the course of the Ilmenau in the urban area. It was first mentioned in the documents in 1319 and at that time belonged to the Welfish Duke Otto II (the Strict). His heirs Otto III. and Wilhelm II sold the now stately mill with all rights to a Lüneburg councilor in 1332. His descendants passed the mill on to tenants as fiefs.In 1407, the city council of Lüneburg took over the loan. The mill complex included not only two grain mills, but also a whale mill for the production of whale materials, a ware mill for the further processing of the tannins containing tannins for tanning leather and the preservation of fishing nets and ropes. A paper mill, an oil mill and a grinding mill were also available. In addition, stables and living quarters for the respective miller and his servants were added over the years. The large granary was not enough, so there were several other grain stores in the city, preferably in the attics of large houses.The "Ratswasserkunst" was built in 1568-72 by the newly founded "Ratswasserkunst-Gesellschaft" and served the city and the salt works to supply fresh water. A scoop, driven by a water wheel in the mill, carried the water from the Ilmenau into the tower. From there, a complicated wooden pump and pipe system transported the precious water to its consumers.The actual mill operation was discontinued in 1932. Instead, turbines for generating electricity for the public power grid were installed in the large mill building. In 1938 a private person bought the property. There is an exclusive holiday apartment in the tower today. The other buildings are used for commercial, official and residential purposes. The heating system is connected to the still existing factory chimney from 1861.lustauflueneburg.de/ratsm%C3%BChle
January 16, 2020
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