Bettinger Mill



brief description: 

Bettinger Mill, which has a proud 750-year history and once belonged to the Benedictine monastery Tholey Abbey, has been in use to grind grain up until the late 1970s. When the association Mühlenverein Schmelz e.V. was founded in 1993 to oversee the renovation and preservation of the mill, it went to work immediately, determined to restore the historic building complex to its original splendour. Through the dissolution of old farm houses, historic equipment could be acquired and is now exposed on site. The original machines inside the mill have been preserved to a large extent. The original water wheel, in use up until the 1930s, has been entirely restored and, with the exception of the original transmissions, it is functional again. However, a modern mill wheel has been added, which generates electricity. The Bettinger Mill ensemble is composed of a main building (occupied by the proprietor), a barn and a former servants` house, which are grouped in a U-shaped formation around a paved courtyard. The property`s garden has been beautifully restored and is maintained all year round by the horticulture association.

relevant filming facts

opening times: 
by arrangement
mill museum, Mennonite museum, meeting point for the Historical Society, cultural event venue, educational country garden, exhibition of historic agricultural equipment
Background noise: 
situated on the main road (slightly set back, not too noisy)
situated at the town entry, slightly set back from the main road. There`s a brook running through the mill. Behind the building, expansive grassland with trees.
Space restrictions: 
to be discussed with the association (the site hosts a number of events throughout the year)
Time restrictions : 
to be discussed with the association (the site hosts a number of events throughout the year)
restaurants in the town centre of Schmelz (5 minute walk)


arriving on the A8 motorway Dillingen/Neunkirchen, take the Nalbach exit (no.12) and continue on the bypass road (L269) in the direction of Nalbach. Follow the signposts indicating Schmelz(turn right in Nalbach, take the L296 in the direction of Schmelz). In the town of Körprich, the L296 turns into the L143. Continue on the L143, passing through the town of Hüttersdorf, until reaching Schmelz. Bettinger Mühle is situated at the town entry, right hand side, on the main road (Hüttersdorfer Straße).
Dillingen train station (20 km away). Bus service to Schmelz


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Steffen Conrad