Bike Touring Highlight
The history of the weir can be read on a board there:
The last of the 50 mills on the Alb in front of the mouth of the Rhine was the Appenmühle. High and low water, but also severe frost led to the failure of the mill. Many people then went hungry because they were "banned" to the mill.
Karl Friedrich then had a windmill built. At the Ettlinger lines. the project was a flop: lack of wind and too far away from consumers.
In 1817, it was therefore decided to remove the windmill and build from the stones of this weir.
The miller Ludwig Schmitt reinforced in 1880 then the weir. A memorial stone indicates this. The gag on the matter was that now in the winter ice could be harvested. The ice was created by controlled flooding of the meadow under the weir. The ice was stored in large cellars next to the inn at the Appenmühle.
The Appenmühle is today used by the volunteer fire department.
If you have been cycling for a while or are on your way home after a hard day's work, the weir invites you for a short break. Far away from street noise and traffic, you can breathe a bit in this idyll and "come down". A bit of birdsong and the sound of the Alb, before you dive back into the world of hustle and bustle. A very nice place!
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