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Beautiful windmill next to the canal

This is one of the windmills that you can see as you take a lovely stroll along the canal. Although... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hastings, United Kingdom
What a wonderful preserved dutch windmill

If you ever wondered how a Dutch windmill works, you must visit/climb Sint-Jan. Be sure you are... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2019
East Hampton, Connecticut
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Windmills have graced Bruges' ramparts ever since the construction of the outer city wall at the end of the 13th century. Today four specimens are left on Kruisvest. Sint-Janshuis Mill - anno 1770- is still in its original spot and still grinding...more
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Kruisvest, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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All reviews nice walk steep climb walk along the river dutch windmills working windmill beautiful windmills inner workings open to the public green space city centre small fee canal side short visit worth the trip per adult by chance walking tour
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the windmills that you can see as you take a lovely stroll along the canal. Although not open when we were visiting in December, it was still a beautiful sight and there are many benches nearby where you can sit and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nikki832019
Reviewed 5 January 2019

If you ever wondered how a Dutch windmill works, you must visit/climb Sint-Jan. Be sure you are wearing the proper shoes since you have to climb up a very very steep staircase(ladder) to get in the interior of the mill. The working is beautifully shown...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank leedjjck
Reviewed 5 January 2019

The windmill is something interesting and unique and a nice sight to see. Especially if you are not used to windmills in your country.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Vasw-George
Reviewed 26 December 2018

Sint-Janshuismolen is one of four windmills that line the northeastern ramparts and Ringvaart in the Historic Centre of Bruges. It is open for public visitation, providing opportunity for visitors to see the inner workings of a flour grinding mill. Opening hours are 9.30-12.30pm and 1.30-5pm...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 7 December 2018 via mobile

The windmill is located on the outskirts of Bruges’ old town, and a walk from the centre of town up to the windmill is quite nice in itself, taking you along some cobbled streets and past some interesting old churches. The windmill itself is pretty,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank steve_vstheworld
Reviewed 30 October 2018

It's a good walk from the center of the old town. Passing through Marktplatz, old-town streets and see Kruistport, one of the entrance of Bruges, walk a bit along canal, I found this water mill on the small hill. This is the historical, old mill...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank nobuhiro k
Reviewed 12 October 2018

Walk out of town to this and you might almost be in other city given how few other tourists you meet. It is on a hill but not high enough for a major view. Note it shuts in the winter which means you stand outside...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank spepmed
Reviewed 8 October 2018

This part of Bruges seems less explored by tourists, so you can enjoy the beautiful buildings and scenery and take amazing photos! The windmill itself is pretty impressive, I wouldn't skip it.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank irinactn
Reviewed 7 October 2018

After the building of the Bruges city walls from the end of the thirteenth century Since the emergence of the outer city walls at the end of the thirteenth century, windmills were built to protect the cities fortifications. There are four windmills on the Kruisvest....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank thesmdm
Reviewed 2 October 2018

This windmill is still in function and the miller explain you everything , it's on the rampart of Bruges and you can make a biketrip or a tour 7 km roundtrip.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Nomadedelux
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2 June 2016|
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Response from AntonyB332 | Reviewed this property |
For Sint-Janshuismolen, it's open from May–August (Tuesday to Sunday 09.30–12 noon and 13.30–17.00. For Koeleweimolen, it's July and August every day 09.30–12.30 and 13.30–17.00.
18 May 2015|
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Response from travelbonkers44 | Reviewed this property |
Depending on the route you take around 20 mins. But I wouldn't go in a straight line but "zigzagging" to see as much as possible on the way. Then it may be up to 30 mins. It's really charming :)