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St Janshuis and Koelewei Mills

Kruisvest, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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Good walk

An excellent spot to walk around next to the working canal and away from the majority of tourists... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Phil P
Fareham, United Kingdom
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Cute, Quiet Windmills

After using a touristy-museum's free wifi to research and determine to not visit it (brutal, I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Los Angeles, California
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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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“lovely walk” (7 reviews)
“steep climb” (6 reviews)
“nice path” (2 reviews)
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Kruisvest, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An excellent spot to walk around next to the working canal and away from the majority of tourists. Very few windmills left in this part of the world so well worth seeing.

Thank Phil P
Reviewed 1 week ago

After using a touristy-museum's free wifi to research and determine to not visit it (brutal, I know), we decided to make the 15 minute trek to the eastern edge of the city. These windmills are stunning and offer trails that walk right up to them....More

Thank Jahaungeer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting diversion after all the usual sights and shopping Within easy walking distance from the centre Brugge is a compact city so all sites within easy walking distance

Thank Peterherbert69
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're in Bruges for more than a couple days, I'd recommend renting a bike to see all the gates and windmills that skirt the inner circular canal all at once, starting with Gentpoort, then moving on to Kruispoort, the windmills (two of which you...More

Thank Aaron H
Reviewed 9 September 2017

We followed the Rick Steve's Bruges walk and he did route a windmill, but who knew we'd see a real working windmill in such a beautiful location...but there it was as we came out a one of those small winding little streets along our walk....More

Thank Kat98126
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Two of the 4 mills that lie along the vesten work again, and those 2 can be entered. It is a decently steep climb up to the mill and then another, shorter climb up to see the gears, as well as some nice view of...More

Thank Katrien S
Reviewed 20 August 2017

The streets of Bruges are safe at night so my friends and I decided to check out the sunset views (and work off our massive dinner from the De Vlaamsche Pot). We found a nice green lawned area which linked one windmill to the next...More

Thank Heidy B
Reviewed 10 August 2017

You can go up and visit the mill, a bit shaking but safe! Worth the trip at the end of the city. You will see how the mills works internally and read the history on the panel you will find at the entrance

Thank beibe87
Reviewed 4 August 2017

These mills on the outer canal provide a lovely destination for a quiet stroll from Bruges. Surprising how quiet it was and nice to find something to do that's free (we didn't go inside)

Thank Martin_Christopher
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We didn't go into the windmills, but came here around sunset after a walk through the city. The canal and green space make it a gorgeous little spot. I'd love to visit the inside of the mills as well some day.

Thank Shantel S
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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.
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 :)