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St Janshuis and Koelewei Mills

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Address: Kruisvest, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 50 44 87 11
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Windmills have graced Bruges' ramparts ever since the construction of the...

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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We walked the perimeter of the old city and came across the windmills; all very photogenic and not something you see very often in the UK. Definitely worth a visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked the perimeter of the old city and came across the windmills; all very photogenic and not something you see very often in the UK. Definitely worth a visit.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is my first windmill to discover. It's a very interesting experience to see how it works from inside to grind all the wheat and grains. The ladder is kinda dangerous to reach up, they need to do something about it. However overall, it worths paying a visit to check it out.

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Paso Robles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We enjoyed visiting these two windmills - interesting history behind them as well. You can go up in the one and see how it works. Nice walk to them too from the center of Bruges. Great on a sunny day, and in the beautiful grassy setting, a great place to relax and have a picnic!

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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Attraction: 30-40 minute walk from the Burg Square. Throughout the relaxing walk, you will be strolling thru old streets of what is recognized as a World Heritage Site of UNESCO! Your destination is four beautifully maintained windmills by the canal with large patches of grass for picnics or for you to roll on! Key Takeaway: If you don't mind the... More 

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Wotton-under-Edge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I wasn't aware they had windmills in Bruges, but should have guessed from all the flat open countryside around. Well preserved, worth the walk from the town centre to find them.

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Caterham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

You can walk around both windmills and climb the steps of one of them. Worth a visit although it rained it was still beautiful.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

My wife spent a couple of days in Bruges (Brugge). We had purchased a multi-entry ticket, which for Euro 20 per person (regrettably no discount for seniors), turned out to be good value for money and covered a dozen museums and places of interest, including the Sint-Janshuismolen (St John’s windmill), dating from 1770. It is located on the old city... More 

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

4 real windmills adorn the walk around Bruges with only one open to visitors. A spetacularly clean and inviting area by the canal the encircles the city. On a sunny day a fabulous spot for a Picnic or just sit and allow yourself time to drift off with those big arms into the blue sky beyond

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Bracknell, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

The windmills are on the edge of the centre of Bruges. They are accessed by very steep ladder like steps - you need to come down them like you would a ladder- but worth the climb, just to see how it all works.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

We went for a long walk around the outskirts of the canal, with various sights to see along the way. The windmills look magnificent, sat on top of some small but steep hills. You can climb up to the windmills and even go inside one of them, and they are a striking feature against the rest of the landscape. A... More 

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