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St Janshuis and Koelewei Mills

Kruisvest, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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Pleasant walk but not much to see

Had a pleasant walk to the windmills which gave us an opportunity to see a quieter suburb of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Close in attraction

While most of the windmills extant in Bruges area are some distance, about 4 are within walking... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 grain just like its neighbour Koelewei Mill. The Sint-Janshuismolen is the only mill you can visit. OPEN: 01/04-30/09
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“nice walk” (8 reviews)
“steep climb” (5 reviews)
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Kruisvest, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a pleasant walk to the windmills which gave us an opportunity to see a quieter suburb of Bruges. Once there there isn't much to see, we took photos & sat down. Typical can get closer but that requires a walk up a steep hill....More

Thank KateJRR
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While most of the windmills extant in Bruges area are some distance, about 4 are within walking distance of the center. A visit will give one an appreciation for the size and structure for these historic apparatus which were so important to the development of...More

Thank Grey C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

one of the 4 windmills , 15 mins stroll from the centre of the old town on the main canal . Good location for a picnic on the grassy hill and watch the boats go past.

Thank ptrabant
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mills are quite unusual in nowadays Europe, that's why they're so interesting. They both have a nice lawn around to sit and relax (great spot for a picnic).

Thank Aida G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We actually stumbled across this. There are 2. The one within a white fence still works and you can go inside. This is a steep climb up, with very narrow wooden stairs. It is interesting and worth a visit. Going down is much scarier especially...More

Thank Traveller282012
Reviewed 11 May 2017

The mile stroll out to the windmills is a lovely walk and lets you see the more "modern" residential section of the city. The climb up into the St. Janshuis Mill is nerve-wracking (actually, climbing down is worse!) but it's interesting to see the old...More

Thank threeonrtheroad
Reviewed 30 April 2017

There are four mills on Kruisvest. Only one, Sint-Janshuis built in 1770 is still grinding flour and is the only one open to visitors. Entry is 3 euros per adult.

Thank Janulik
Reviewed 21 April 2017

a recommended walk from our hotel, we came across the three windmills on a gorgeous spring morning. very quiet as off the tourist trail

Thank Del C
Reviewed 20 April 2017

On the edge of the cit of Bruge share four wonderfully preserved post mills. One is accessible for further inspection. It dates from 1770 and the wooden machinery is in excellent order. Quite a lot larger than most English postmills it is quite a steep...More

Thank kishere t
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

It's a pleasant 20min stroll from the city centre to the windmills. We only saw two of the four windmills before deciding that we'd seen enough. Unfortunately we weren't able to go inside them when we visited. They're situated by the canal and it's not...More

Thank CadburysFlake
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What are the open hours of the mill?
2 June 2016|
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Response from Antony B | 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.
How long does it take to walk from the main town square to the windmills? Thanks
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 :)