About the institution

The mill from the 16th century lies in the heart of the Merian Gardens. Even though flour is no longer produced here, the water-powered wheel is still in use. The impressive gearing mechanism can be seen inside the mill, and it is easy to imagine how wheat, rye or millet was ground here in past centuries. A small exhibition with historical pieces tells the story of milling from the bronze-age to modern-day industrial production.




Merian Gärten | Vorder Brüglingen 5 | 4052 Basel
T +41 (0)61 319 97 80

Public transportation:
tram 10 > Neue Welt, by foot to the entrance Neue Welt;
tram 10/11, bus 36/37/47 > Dreispitz, by foot to the entrance Brüglingerstrasse; tram 14 and Bus 36 > St. Jakob, by foot to the entrance St. Jakob

By car:
Autobahn A2/A3 exit Basel-Süd/St. Jakob, to Parking St. Jakob. By foot to the entrance St. Jakob

Inside the Merian Gardens maps help guide the way
Map map.search.ch

Disabled visitors


Free admission

Opening hours

Daily from 8 h until sunset

The water wheel is in use a few time each month. To find out when, visit our website at www.meriangärten.ch

Special opening hours

Christmas/New Year
24.12.2018: 8 h to dusk
25.12.2018: 8 h to dusk
26.12.2018: 8 h to dusk
31.12.2018: 8 h to dusk
01.01.2019: 8 h to dusk

11.03.2019: 8 h to dusk
12.03.2019: 8 h to dusk
13.03.2019: 8 h to dusk

19.04.2019: ab 8 h to dusk
20.04.2019: ab 8 h to dusk
21.04.2019: ab 8 h to dusk
22.04.2019: ab 8 h to dusk

1 May (Labour Day)
01.05.2019: 8 h to dusk

Ascension Day
10.05.2019: 8 h to dusk

09.06.2019: 8 h to dusk
10.06.2019: 8 h to dusk

Christmas/New Year
24.12.2019: 8 h to dusk
25.12.2019: 8 h to dusk
26.12.2019: 8 h to dusk
31.12.2019: 8 h to dusk
01.01.2020: 8 h to dusk

The mill and its millwheel
The mill and its millwheel