Along the Kalser and Dorferbach streams in East Tyrol, several horizontal water mills are located.
The village chronicle of Kals am Grossglockner says, that in the mid-20th century still 56 mills could be found in the municipality. About 50 years ago, when animal husbandry became more and more popular, the mills - Kalser Stockmühlen, in German - rapidly decayed. Together with the High Tauern National Park, the Kals Mill Association succeeded in preserving six of these lovely buildings. Along the Kalser and Dorferbach streams they form a little outdoor museum, unfortunately one of them, the Rogler Mill, was destroyed by a thunder-storm in 2017.
The beautiful 250 to 300 years old wooden buildings, are the last Stockmühlen Mills throughout Tyrol. Today they are protected as historic monuments. But what exactly is a Stockmühle Mill? The Stockmühle or also called Fluttermühle is the oldest form of a water mill and quite easily constructed with its rotating grindstone. An education trail proceeds to the mills, there are also fanciful wooden figures and a water playground. At the end of the path the young and the old can enjoy a spacious biotope with a children's playground and a pond.
In summer, the nice Mill Festival take place at the Stockmühlen Mills of Kals and everything is like in former times then. All the mills are in operation, the millers grind corn, bread is baked and typical rare dishes are offered. Moreover, regularly showings take place.
Stockmühlen Mills freely accessible from the outside (along the national park theme path).