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Why Windmill is a Thing to Germany?


When it comes to windmills, you may immediately think of the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Windmills. but you know what? Windmills, imported from Germany, were only used for grinding flour at the beginning. In the 16th and 17th centuries, windmills were of great significance to the Dutch economy and became the source of power for the Dutch to process various raw materials. But today we don’t talk about the Netherlands, let’s talk about its neighbor – Germany.

Are there windmills in Germany? Of course, I highly recommend the big windmill next to the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam. The Germans said: “The city of Potsdam has always been linked to the history of Prussia-Germany.” This famous mill is the Potsdam Mill. It is not only a famous building, but also a series of legends and stories about private property rights, rule of law, judicial independence and fairness of judgment.Did you know there is an interesting story behind this windmill.

“When the former German Emperor William I was in power, there was a mill before leaving the palace. He wanted to climb high and see all the sights, but he was hindered. The Kaiser hated it, and the owner of the mill said: ‘How much is this house worth? You can sell it. As for me’, who knows that the owner of the mill has special strengths, and should say: ‘My foundation is worthless’. The Kaiser was furious when he heard this, and ordered the mill to be destroyed. The owner of the mill stood by and let it be demolished. 

He said calmly: “I may be able to do this for the emperor, but my virtue still has laws. If this is unfair, I will sue the court.” He actually filed a lawsuit with the Kaiser. The court ruled that the Kaiser will rebuild the mill. And compensate for their losses. The Kaiser was wronged by the law and the people, just as the court judged. Afterwards, he said to people: “The judges of our country are so upright. My big mistake, he actually has the courage to judge it resolutely. This is our country. It’s a gratifying thing.'”

A few years later, William I died, and William II came to the throne; the old miller also died, and the young miller inherited the mill.

Later, the little miller was in short supply and urgently needed money, so he wrote a letter to William II, euphemistically stating the past, indicating that he was in urgent need of money and wanted to sell the mill to William II. 

William II was very emotional after reading it, and replied: “Dear neighbor: How can I have the heart to let you lose this property? You should try your best to keep this property and pass it on to your descendants so that it will be under the sovereignty of your family from generation to generation. This matter has a great relationship with our country. This mill should be preserved for a long time as a commemoration of our country’s judicial independence and judicial justice. You are in difficulty now, and I am very sympathetic. I will give you 3,000 marks to relieve your urgent need .your dear neighbor william”

After receiving the letter from William II, the little miller gave up the idea of selling the mill, and told his children to cherish this ancestral inheritance. The lawsuit became known as the “Legend of the Miller of Sanssouci.”

Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany was born in 1797 and died in 1888. He became King of Prussia in 1861 and was crowned Emperor of Germany in 1871.

The Potsdam Mill is not only a famous building, but also a series of legends and stories about private property rights, the rule of law, judicial independence and judicial justice. This ancient mill, which symbolizes judicial independence and judicial justice, still stands next to the Sanssouci Palace in the suburb of Potsdam, more than 40 kilometers southwest of Berlin, and has become a sacred place for legal workers all over the world.

Windmill Festival in Germany

May 20th is a public holiday in Germany and an important festival of Christianity – Pentecost. But many people, especially those living in cities, don’t necessarily know that this day is also the Windmill Festival in Germany-all windmills of all sizes in Germany are open to the public on this day, and those ancient traditional agricultural tools and machinery are also On this day, they were all bounced off the wind and dust, and saw the light of day again, running creakingly, welcoming visitors from all directions.

In Bremen, Germany, there are two representative windmills. One is a veritable windmill with fan blades that we often see, and the other is a windmill powered by water.

The former is common in the northern plains of Germany, and the latter is said to be more common in the mountains of southern Germany, which is related to climate and terrain. Because the windmill uses natural conditions as power, the north is close to the sea and the wind is strong, so of course it needs to use wind power; the mountains in the south will cause the water level drop, so better the advantages of hydro-driven windmills are.

This kind of large windmill, which can be seen everywhere in Europe, was an indispensable mill in European agricultural production hundreds of years ago. Windmill, German is Müller, is a common surname in Germany, people with this surname, their ancestors are probably millers. When you come to Europe, you always take pictures with windmills as the background. If you have the opportunity to enter it and explore the mystery behind the beautiful and magical buildings, you will find that it is so unique!

In addition to admiring the industriousness and wisdom of German farmers hundreds of years ago, what is even more admirable is that the Germans, who are leading the world in science and technology today, have preserved those ancient agricultural tools and machinery so well. They guard, look after, and admire the creations of their ancestors with full respect. This big windmill is simply a carefully protected and maintained museum. Everyone who knows a little about them talks about them like a treasure and is full of pride; and almost everyone who comes to visit has pilgrimage-like admiration in their eyes. He kept tsk-tsk admiring in his mouth. 

On the edge of a path outside the windmill gate, there are some old but still intact agricultural tools on display. An ordinary German farmer is explaining the purpose and origin of those ancient tools to passers-by in German dialect. There was a simple pride in his look and tone.

Amsterdam Dutch theme park in Brandenburg

Do you know how much the Germans love Dutch windmills? An Amsterdam Dutch theme park in central Brandenburg in central Brandenburg, Germany, will feature windmills, tulips, Dutch villages and shops selling all kinds of Dutch food.

Despite living in Germany for almost 30 years, Dutch investor Theo Roelofs still dreams of going to an open-air park outside Amsterdam and reading a German tabloid. In his memory, the park has “slowly turning windmills, small houses with dark green exterior walls and white window frames”. Now he wants to make this a reality.

This theme park will bring a “Little Amsterdam” to the Germans, and it will be open all year round, and tickets will be free at the beginning of its opening. Plans include an ice rink, a small private museum with Dutch objects, restaurants and a garden centre. The windmill in the park will be paired with a mill, and children will be shown how flour is made and produced.


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