The past is alive at Balkhauser Kotten. Because this wonderfully preserved workshop is not just a museum but also a home: lived in and brought to life by the custodian family Heike and Andreas Müller.
It is clear to see from the outside how it is powered by water: a weir dams the river and directs the water to the waterwheel. It is quite large with a diameter of four metres and 32 blades. At the best times, it turns 18 times a minute and generates power of about 30 hp.
Inside, boards provide information on the history and everyday life of a grinding cottage. Watch the grinder at work on special events – for example how he gives your favourite knives a final polish on a small disc. Or try it out for yourself at a sharpening or grinding seminar.
In the cosy cottage shop, not only can you enjoy some refreshments, you can also buy high-quality Solingen knives and scissors – while at the same time contributing to the preservation of the cottage.