About the historic watermill

Announcement: Brewery beer garden and brewery grill are open!

New opening of the brewery grill in Birgel
The new brewery grill for off-site sales is open and tempting with crispy chicken, juicy chops and delicious potato pancakes with applesauce. The absolute novelty in our area far and wide.
Opening hours brewery grill: Daily from 11:00 to 21:00

Opening of the season of the brewery beer gates
Our new covered brewery beer garden attracts visitors to Birgel even on rainy days. Our home-brewed beer (Helles and Weizen) and delicious food invite you to stay.
Opening hours: Daily from 11:00 to 22:00
No table reservations and no card payment are possible.
The brewery team is looking forward to your visit!

Reopening of the Historic Water Mill
The complete reopening of the historic water mill including overnight stays is planned for Easter 2023 . We will inform you about further partial openings in the course of the year at this point. We are happy to accept any bookings for the period from 07.04.2023 again as of now. (Weddings, birthday parties, family celebrations, group travel). The best way to reach us is by email or on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by telephone on +49 6597 92820

We continue to look forward to your support:
Orders in the online shop (are possible again)
Donate to our donation account
Beer sale on site
(Sales times: Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

ölmühleThe old mill – called grain mill in parlance – is the oldest of the 4 functioning mills on the mill site in Birgel / Eifel. It dates from the 13th century and was taken over privately by Peter Reifferscheid for the first time in 1917. The water mill was then equipped with a turbine and was therefore the largest mill in the Daun / Vulkaneifel district. In 1917, a sawmill was also attached to the old mill.

The output of the turbine was sufficient with 20.9 kW (28 HP) to drive both mills using water power.

ölmühleAfter the restoration of the mill site in 1995, Chefmüller Erwin also took a mustard mill and an oil mill with him to his premises due to the great interest shown by the visitors.

More about our millstone maker Wolfgang Strakosch .

Technology of the mills

All 4 mills have been restored and are functional. The mills are put into operation on every guided tour in order to show every visitor the historical noises and functions.
The technology is fascinating because you feel transported back in time and everyone can easily imagine the operation of the individual mills.

Experiences in the mill

Various programs are offered to visitors to the mill daily or by appointment. Whether for family celebrations, company parties, children’s birthdays, weddings , conferences and much more, an entertainment program can be put together.


Gourmet products

The delicatessen products manufactured in the individual mills are produced by us in the highest quality and with care. Mustard , bread , oil and wholemeal flour are the quality products from the mill in the Eifel.
Information and order here

Sights on the mill site

If you visit our historic watermill in Birgel, you should not miss our mustard mill , oil mill , grain mill and the mill bakery .

Panoramic pictures


In 2008 the mill team was once again a guest at the Federal President’s Festival in Berlin!


Again guest at the summer party of the Federal President in Berlin!

It is always an experience and a challenge to entertain 3000 guests, fight against the rain and talk to the many celebrities. Erwin vd Mühle welcomes Horst Köhler, the 3rd president and his mill team.


Again the highlight of the year. The mill is once again one of those chosen to present its products at the Federal President’s summer festival.


The EMC at the Federal President’s Festival in Berlin



In bright sunshine, Federal President Johannes Rau and his wife Christina invited them to a summer party in the garden of Villa Bellevue in Berlin. Under the motto “Festival of Cultures”, a wide range of international dance and music performances was presented on the perfectly styled lawn of the Bellevue. Including the mill team with Eifler specialties.


Saturday, August 31, 2002:

Inauguration of the EURO MÜHLEN-CENTER – the largest milling center in Europe – by Prime Minister Kurt Beck

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German marketing award for Erwin Spohr’s bathroom concept in the mill

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The mill visits the Federal President for the third time

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The annual summer festival of the Rhineland-Palatinate state government was the last at the old place of work in Bonn. The many Rhineland-Palatinate companies and branded products, which presented the entire diversity of the state, also contributed to this. These include such well-known brands as the Bitburger Brewery, Deutsche Post, Südwestrundfunk and the Central Association of the German Bakers’ Crafts. The historical watermill from Birgel with its own products provided the special note and the whole range of diversity. Our picture shows Kurt Beck and the mill team.



Birgeler present the Eifel at the Federal President’s summer party






In 1999 the mill team was a guest at the Federal President’s Festival in Berlin!