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St Janshuis and Koelewei Mills

Kruisvest, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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Grab a bike, see 'em all.

If you're in Bruges for more than a couple days, I'd recommend renting a bike to see all the gates... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Aaron H
Flower Mound, Texas
Wow a real windmill!!!

We followed the Rick Steve's Bruges walk and he did route a windmill, but who knew we'd see a real... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Seattle, Washington
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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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“steep climb” (6 reviews)
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Kruisvest, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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Reviewed yesterday

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 2 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

We decided to walk the outer canal to see the windmills, this is the only working one. 4 euro gets entry it's a very steep bit short climb. Inside two guides are operating it, you go upstairs and wow your right in the mechanics of...More

Thank garybasing
Reviewed 16 July 2017

I walked from the center of town and enjoyed seeing the windmills. There is a nice path along the water next to the park with the windmills. It was well worth the climb up the steep ladder to see the interior of the windmill and...More

Thank GinJointsInDaWorld
Reviewed 10 July 2017

A beautiful walk along the water in a park brought us to the windmills. So worth the walk to see these beauties.

Thank cindy m
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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 :)