“This arouses ghastly fear”

For 150 years, in addition to electricity, the schottersmuhle has also had an inn, which was very well frequented during the tourist heyday of the last century, and even served as a pub for a student community in erlangen.

1599 for the first time written as "schadermul 150 years ago today, on the 27th of this month, the muhle was given a new lease of life. February 1869, the "concebionsurkunde" from the royal borough of ebermannstadt, thus the permit to operate an inn. The document had the following wording: "from the royal district office of ebermannstadt it is hereby certified that by resolution of 15. This month the owner of the mill johann stengel von der schottersmuhle was granted a personal concession to serve beer, wine, coffee and other hot and cold drinks, as well as food and other refreshments for the community of engelhardsberg".

Echo broke on rocks

The fact that schottersmuhle was also called schaudermuhle is due to its lonely location in the wiesent valley and the fact that the echo broke on bare rocks. So you could hear the patter of horses long before the carriage was in sight.

"A narrow ground in front of you, another one behind and a third one next to you, three mountains all around, with bushy forests, gray high rocks, to see the sky above you, to hear the strong rushing water below you, that certainly arouses never felt feelings and shuddering fear, when you are alone and are neither seen nor heard by anyone, wrote johannes roppelt in 1801 in his travel diary (historisch topografische beschreibung des hochstifts bamberg) under the keyword rabeneck.

Since 1799, the muhle was owned by the bergeat family, who came to france from near reims. Around 1685, the bergeats emigrated to germany at the time of the religious turmoil and settled in the bayreuth area, among other places. Nicolaus bergeat, who died in rheims in 1815, was a famous french poet.

Huge pancakes

1869 with the innkeeper’s concession and with the extension of the road from doos to behringersmuhle in the same year, tourism also came to this part of the wiesent valley. The schottersmuller operated as a guide to the nearby riesenburg and was known as an entertaining host. The house made a name for itself with its huge pancakes the size of a family pizza and for the delicious trout and eels that were always eaten there.

In 1896, a boarding house was also added to the inn. In the same year, the fridericana fraternity from erlangen (an academic singing fraternity) chose the schottersmuhle as their ex-pub. According to the records in the guest book, the students were also reliable guests during the wars. In 1925 hans bergeat loved to build a half-timbered hall next to the muhle instead of a wooden arbor, but after a few decades it also proved to be too small, so that in 1963 it gave way to a modern dining hall, the one we have today.

Climbing rock and hiking trail

In 1951, when the valley road was further developed and the barn across the river was rebuilt, and in 1968, when after the death of muller bergeat the muhle stopped for good – own electricity is still generated today – it was decided to invest further in tourism.

In 1980, nine rooms for foreigners were modernized, and nine more were built one year later, so that 18 double rooms were available in the muhle. Since then, the owners and also the tenants have changed and there has been further renovation and modernization.

The muhle is located on a very well visited hiking trail that runs along the other side of the river, and next to a well-known climbing rock. In the meantime, this is where most of the visitors come from, who like to sit down in the beer garden next to the wayside cross from 1836 in summer and enjoy the romantic atmosphere by the babbling river.

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