South of Nakskov Fjord lies the village of Kappel, where it was possible to sail to before the dikes were built. Here can be found one of Denmark's few remaining stub mills that still stands in its original location.
The stub mill was characterisd by the whole mill having to be turned into the wind when milling grain. This process meant that the stub mill had to be a manageable size. The stub mill was superseded by the Dutch type, where only the ’hat’ has to be rotated to face the wind. The vast majority of stub mills have been demolished or burned, so there are only a few left in the country.
Kappel Stub Mill was erected around 1730, making it one of the oldest mills preserved. The mill was most recently restored in 2003 and 2004. This involved dismantling the entire mill, worn or damaged parts were replaced and the outer cladding was renewed. Today the mill looks as when originally built, and can grind flour. Stub mills are actually built as kits, previously it was not uncommon to move these mills.
The mill is definitely worth a visit.
In past times a holy spring, called the Holy Trinity Spring, ran close by the mill. This is believed to be the direct reason that the village was built here, and the name Kappel is thought to refer to the old spring chapel.
In Kappel Cemetery is a memorial burial place for airmen who died in the area during the second world war.
A little further out at Vesternæsvej is Peter Hansen's Garden. It is described as a privately owned botanical garden with one of Northern Europe's largest plant collections. There are lakes, streams, hills and thousands of exciting garden plants.