Kaleko Mølle

VISIT DENMARK’S OLDEST AND MOST CHARMING WATER MILL

Perfect for a cosy family outing.

In the idyllic and hilly landscape of Southern Funen, you will find the oldest running water mill in Denmark, dating back to the 17th century. The last miller left the premises in 1912 and since then, the thatched buildings have functioned as a museum. Every year, the mill and its scenic surroundings delight visitors of all ages with their unique charm.

 

NEW ACTIVITY! TRY THE MODEL

Would you like to operate a water mill yourself? In cooperation with KAMI, a local steel company, Øhavsmuseet has created a mini model, enabling ‘engineers’ of all ages to explore, how the machinery works. The new activity at Kaleko Mølle is available all year. Turn the wheel, and the model will demonstrate exactly how the old millwork has produced hydro power throughout centuries, providing bread on the table for the community.

 

NEW SIGNS

Kaleko water mill is much more than just a mill. Throughout the years, the miller household was also farming the land and keeping livestock. With the new signs, you can learn more about the design and use of every building. If you close your eyes, you may even sense the smell of thrested grain, hear the pigs grunt and visualise the farmers’ horse carts passing by.

 

DISCOVER WATER’S WAY

Invite your kids on an adventure to explore Water’s Way with a waterplay station and listening posts that give you fun fact stories about the importance of water to living beings. Afterwards, you can choose one of two hiking trails, designed for kids. If you follow the ‘happy drop’ signs in blue or green, the trail will lead you to the lake “Sundet” or to the sea. Start at Kaleko Mølle and let the expedition begin.

 

SUMMER ACTIVITIES AT THE MILL

In the summer, the old mill comes alive. Visit our cosy café that also houses a small exhibition of elves and items from the Danish TV production “Nissebanden” – a popular Christmas tale for kids with outdoor footage from the mill.

Enjoy the changing workshops, creating traditional craft from the good old days. Watch the woodturner, the woolmaker or the bookbinder keeping the old skills alive. When farmers came to the mill, they were offered a schnapps or two, while waiting for their grain to be ground. Our local Faaborg Snapselaug proudly demonstrates how the herbal liquor was made.

 

HOME OF A MILLER

The old water wheel has been restored and runs just as it did, when it was grinding the grain in the 1600s. The mill house is displaying a miller’s home as it looked one hundred years ago. Get an insight into the life of a working mill from the days when mills played a central role in Danish industry.

Opening hours 2024

Prices Havevej 38, 5600 Faaborg


16 June and 1 July – 11 Aug: Every day 10 am to 3 pm

The beautiful outdoor area and Water’s Way are open throughout the year.


Free entrance

Group tours and additional openings can be booked at booking@ohavsmuseet.dk