Euroregion Elbe/Labe

Court Mill – Museum of Local History

For over six hundred years life at the northern entrance to the famous Plauen Valley was dominated by the presence of mills. In 1568 the Saxon royal house bought the land and built a court mill which it operated for more than three hundred years. In 1872 the court mill was bought by the commoner and entrepreneur Gottlieb Bienert (1813-94). He built up a large industrial concern, the influence of which decisively shaped the urban development of Plauen up to the mid-20th century. One of the former mill buildings has been made into a museum. This historically important building, which still has some surviving machinery, also houses permanent exhibitions relating to prominent local figures: "Palucca - A Life in Suitcases", and the "Anton Reiche Museum" - a display of over 1,500 chocolate moulds made by the Dresden inventor and entrepreneur of that name. All this is complemented by visiting exhibitions and other events. For more than 600 years, mills determined events at the northern entrance to the widely known Plauenschen Grund. In 1568, the Saxon dynasty bought the property, built a court mill and operated it for over 300 years. In 1872, the burgher and entrepreneur Gottlieb Traugott Bienert (1813-1894) acquired the farm mill. Under his management, a large-scale industrial enterprise was created, whose impact had a decisive influence on the urban development of Plauen until the middle of the 20th century. One of the historic mill buildings has been converted into a museum. Visitors can look forward to a largely preserved monument with the remains of historical mill technology as a backdrop for thematically independent exhibitions with a local connection. This offer is supplemented by guest exhibitions and events. Permanent exhibitions: "Hofmühle - Bienertmühle and Plauen" and "Palucca - A Life in Suitcases".


Altplauen 21
01187 Dresden


Tel: +49 (0)351 / 4 10 17 03



Opening hours

Feb to May and Sept to Nov: Wed 3 to 6 pm, every 2nd Sunday of the month 2 to 6 pm







Adults €3.50, school pupils and university students €2.00, children 6 to 12 years of age free of charge, family ticket €6.00, introductory lecture (min. 10 persons) add. €1.50 pp



Lecture on the impact of the Bienert family in Dresden-Plauen with subsequent introduction to the exhibitions

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