Hassloch mills

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There were six mills in Haßloch . The first references to Haßloch mills can be found in a register of owners of the Weißenburg monastery from 1255. There today's Fronmühle is named as "Kameral-Fronde-Mühle" which came into the possession of the Weißenburg monastery as a legacy of the Speyer bishop Heinrich II. Heinrich II had received the imperial village of Haßloch as a pledge. By pledging Haßloch, the Fronmühle was alternately an episcopal or stately mill. The "subjects" of the Haßloch care at the time, i.e. all citizens of Haßloch, Böhl and Iggelheim, were forced to have their grain ground in the Fronmühle. There were a total of six mills that were responsible for grinding grain in Haßloch. All of them were watermills, four on the Rehbach and two on the Speyerbach . Today none of the mills are in operation.

List of Hassloch mills

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Pfalzmühle Am Rehbach 49 ° 21 ′ 34.6 ″  N , 8 ° 13 ′ 11.3 ″  E Built by Jacob Müller in 1840. It is not located directly on the Rehbach. A mill ditch was dug from the Rehbach to drive the turbine . After the Second World War , Rudolf Kling, a refugee from East Prussia , took over the property and mainly ran cattle . The grinding operation was stopped in 1964. The mill has been in the possession of the Horst Blaul family, who immigrated from Fußgönnheim, since 1965. Initially, the Blaul family ran a farm with livestock , which was converted to a horse breeding business with a riding stables in 1970. Today between 70 and 80 four-legged friends live on the Pfalzmühle site. Pfalzmühle-01.jpg

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Obermühle Am Rehbach 49 ° 21 ′ 0 ″  N , 8 ° 14 ′ 13.6 ″  E On June 25, 1745, the electoral court chamber granted Sägmüller Bartholomäus Mischon permission to build the upper mill with two grinding aisles. The property was owned by the municipality of Haßloch, which had granted the same leasehold to Müller Mischon. The inheritance interest was about ten Malter grain (1500 liters) annually, to be delivered to the community of Haßloch. In 1821 Phillip Jacob Mischon, a descendant of the first mill operator, bought the mill from the Haßloch community for 1200 guilders . Until it was shut down in 1936, the Obermühle changed hands several times. The mechanics of the mill were shipped to Ukraine . Until 2003 the mill was used by the Manfred Decker family as a riding stables and riding holidays for children. In the same year the mill was sold to a real estate company Obermühle, which was then renovated a. a. has been converted into an occupational therapy practice . Originally the shareholders were Thomas Götz, Tatjana Hof, Ann Bockslaff and Klaus Bockslaff. After the shareholders could not agree on the further path of Obermühle, Thomas Götz and Tatjana Hof left the company and also relocated the practice for occupational therapy. Today the Centrum Obermühle is located here. Later, Ann Bockslaff's daughter Valerie Tuchschmid joined the BGB Gesellschaft as a partner and took over the operational management of the associated riding company.

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Sawmill Am Rehbach 49 ° 20 ′ 48.1 ″  N , 8 ° 15 ′ 17.6 ″  E At what time the mill was built is not known, we only know that it was called "Röthmühle" (from the dye " Röth ", which was obtained from the roots of "Krapp" and was used as a dye), and belonged to the Hochstift Speyer . First mentioned towards the end of the 13th century. Leased from Weigandt Dietelmayer in 1587. According to the year 1765 carved into the archway, the mill was rebuilt by Johann Daniel Heene after a fire. In 1890 Georg Straub, who immigrated from Swabia, married a great-granddaughter of J. Daniel Heene and became the owner of the mill, which he then bequeathed to his son Adam Straub in 1936, who then ceased milling in 1971. A turbine has been generating electricity since 1983. Later bought by Heinz Marneth and converted into a hotel restaurant, opened in 1989 under the name Sägmühle. After his death in 1999, continued by his daughter Andrea and husband Helmut Hook. There is no clue as to why the Röthmühle became the sawmill at some point. Sawmill-01.jpg

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Neumühle Am Rehbach 49 ° 20 ′ 59.3 ″  N , 8 ° 17 ′ 9.6 ″  E Possibly built in the late Middle Ages . First mentioned in 1603. The owner was Daniel Walter. After the Thirty Years' War the mill had four owners. From 1748 to 2000 owned by the Heene family. The Neumühle burned down three times in a very short time, the last fire was in 1936. Rebuilt by Arno Heene. The Haßloch bathing establishment used to be right by the mill, on the Rehbach . The mill operation was stopped in 1972. Since then, the mill has been used exclusively for private purposes. Neumühle-02.jpg

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Fronmühle Am Speyerbach 49 ° 19 ′ 31.8 ″  N , 8 ° 14 ′ 49.2 ″  E Already mentioned in the 13th century in the property register of the Weißenburg monastery. It was still in operation until a few years ago. Fronmühle-01.jpg

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Aumühle Am Speyerbach 49 ° 18 '48.6 "  N , 8 ° 18' 36.7"  E Built in 1858 by the Haßloch miller Adam Heene. In January 1932 the mill was set on fire by its owners at the time, the married couple Peter and Elise Sauter, due to high debt. All that remained after the fire was a ruin. Because of arson , the couple came three years in prison. In June 1932, the mill, lying in ruins, was bought by the Georg Friedrich Brauch family and rebuilt. Mill operations were not resumed. Since 1986 an undershot mill wheel has been used to generate electricity for personal use. Surplus quantities are given to the Haßloch municipal works . Owner Fritz Brauch and his family run a restaurant in the mill building. Aumühle-05.jpg

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The mill trail

All former Haßloch mills have been connected to each other since Easter 1989 by the so-called Mühlenwanderweg over a length of approx. 23 km. The hiking trail is signposted with the symbol of a mill wheel, which can be hiked as a circular route, hiked in partial stages, or ridden by bike. Entry into the path is possible from many points. The sections are:

  • Aumühle - Fronmühle 5.7 km
  • Fronmühle - Pfalzmühle 3.4 mi
  • Pfalzmühle - Obermühle 1.4 miles
  • Obermühle - Sägmühle 2.3 km
  • Sägmühle - Neumühle 1.5 km
  • Neumühle - Aumühle 6.0 km

The Hassloch mill fountain

Mühlenbrunnen Haßloch

The Mühlenwanderweg was the reason that the Haßloch had the idea of ​​building a “mill well” at a suitable location. An idea became reality. On April 24, 1999, the newly built mill fountain on the corner of Brühlstrasse and Schillerstrasse was inaugurated as part of a ceremony and presented to the public. The fountain consists of six round sandstone-like elements, which are arranged one above the other and labeled with the names of the Haßloch mills.


  • Contributions to the history of Haßloch, Volume 8, "The Haßlocher Mühlen", edited by Bernd H. Ruckdeschel. Printing: Druckerei Englram & Partner GmbH, Haßloch. Mills in Haßloch,
  • The Rheinpfalz Verlag und Druckerei GmbH & Co. 67059 Ludwigshafen / Rhein, July 1999 edition.
  • Information boards at the mills.