An urban grain mill was vital to Rothenburg
The horse mill was a corn mill city since 1957 and serves as a modern youth hostel and an international meeting place in the historic ambience of the hospital district. Their mill wheels were driven by 16 horses. In times of armed siege or severe drought, when the mills were unable to work in the valley, the horse mill was of utmost importance to the nutrition of the city. By 1800, the old mill system was closed down and the mill technology was initially modernized. It was expanded in 1865. On 22 November 1952 this, the largest mill formerly in southern Germany burned down.