Windmills of Bruges
Windmills of Bruges
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  • David
    Oxford, United Kingdom1,588 contributions
    Good walk
    You can see the four windmills of Bruges together in the North East of the city centre. A pleasant walk away from the 'busier' part of the old city, alongside the canal. Worth a visit to see some history.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 July 2023
  • O S
    2 contributions
    Lovely walk to see a working windmill!
    A 15 minute walk from the city center through the lovely neighborhood of Sint-Anna.the walk is definitely worth it as you see parts of the city not crowded by tourists and off the beaten path. Once you get to the windmills it is a lovely sight. There are 4 of them in a park with a walking path in between. Only one is operational and you can climb up inside it for 5 euros. We sat at a lovely cafe and walked the windmill spin and had coffee and waffles! Worth a visit if you have seen all the touristy stuff already.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Adventurer556198
    8 contributions
    Windmills
    Only 10-15 minutes walk from main square are 4 windmills . One of these is open to the public . For 5 euros ( free for kids under 12) you can climb up the outside to see the inner workings of the windmill . Bit of a climb if you’re not keen on heights .
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
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julia
3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
This is a wonderful walk from the city center. I would definitely recommend making the 15-20 mins. Also a great bike ride.
Written 2 February 2024
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL3,349 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Saw two restored windmills including this one while on our 2 hour pedicab tour. Interesting but nothing special.
Written 16 August 2023
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Adventurer556198
8 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Only 10-15 minutes walk from main square are 4 windmills . One of these is open to the public . For 5 euros ( free for kids under 12) you can climb up the outside to see the inner workings of the windmill . Bit of a climb if you’re not keen on heights .
Written 11 August 2023
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O S
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
A 15 minute walk from the city center through the lovely neighborhood of Sint-Anna.the walk is definitely worth it as you see parts of the city not crowded by tourists and off the beaten path. Once you get to the windmills it is a lovely sight. There are 4 of them in a park with a walking path in between. Only one is operational and you can climb up inside it for 5 euros. We sat at a lovely cafe and walked the windmill spin and had coffee and waffles! Worth a visit if you have seen all the touristy stuff already.
Written 4 August 2023
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David
Oxford, UK1,588 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
You can see the four windmills of Bruges together in the North East of the city centre. A pleasant walk away from the 'busier' part of the old city, alongside the canal. Worth a visit to see some history.
Written 6 July 2023
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Fenella B
Norwich, UK28 contributions
May 2023
It maybe a 20 minute walk from the centre of Bruges but a trip to this working windmill is definitely worthwhile. The sails were turning in the wind as we climbed the very steep steps to the entrance. Then, up another ladder with ropes to steady oneself up to the part where the large wooden cogs are moving. They grind grain in the afternoon so I did not see that part.
The only downside was the overused information leaflet which had seen better days and needs replacing.
Written 25 May 2023
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,814 contributions
Nov 2022
There are four historic windmills located in the eastern part of Bruges, situated up on mounds near the large canal. I think only the Sint-Janshuismolen windmill is original; others have been relocated from other places. All make for nice photos. The Sint-Janshuismolen mill is open to the public during designated work hours.
Written 22 January 2023
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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium28,761 contributions
Dec 2022
Curious to see the windmills of Bruges we walked from Kruispoort, at the end of Langestraat, along the Canal Ghent -Bruges towards Dampoort. A very pleasant green walk of about half an hour. If it’s not raining, that is. Old maps of Bruges show a large number of mills on the city walls but today there are only four: the Bonne Chiere Molen, Sint-Janshuismolen, Nieuwe Papegaai and Koeleweimolen. The mills are standing on a grassy mound and are visible from afar. Except for Sint-Janshuismolen (1770) all the windmills have been moved to Bruges from other locations in the 20th century. It’s also the only operational mill open to the public. Therefore, listing the other windmills separately on Tripadvisor seems rather superfluous.
Written 11 December 2022
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China1,59,619 contributions
Oct 2022
This is a collection of 4 historic windmills beautifully situated along The Vesten and main canal on the east and northeast outskirts of the Historic Centre of Bruges. They are found between Kruispoort and Dampoort and amongst walking and cycling paths just beside the canal, making for unexpected but enjoyable sightseeing away from the main tourist areas of the city.

The four windmills include from south to north:

1 Bonne Chiere was originally built elsewhere in 1844. It was a traditional flour and oil mill but was badly damaged during a storm before being reconstructed at this location just north of Kruispoort in 1911. It was rebuilt here only for display purposes and didn't return to being an active mill. You can enjoy seeing Bonne Chiere along with the other mills but it can't be entered.

2 Sint-Janshuismolen was built at this location in 1770. Technically she is still an active mill that grinds flour and is open for visitations each day between 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.3pm-5pm (€4 per adult) if you are interested to see the insides of a working historic mill. This is the only one of the four historic mills that can be entered these days.

3 Nieuwe Papegaai is another transplant mill that was originally constructed elsewhere in 1790 but relocated here in 1970 after being acquired by the city of Bruges. It seems that the mill was first a wooden oil mill but later used as a grain and brick mill from 1825 onwards. Like Bonne Chiere, Nieuwe Papegaai isn't open for public visitation and can only be enjoyed from outside.

4 Koeleweimolen was originally constructed in 1765 at Meulebeke and functioned as a corn mill. It was relocated just south of Dampoort in 1980 and like sister mill Sint-Janshuismolen, it can function as a working mill to this day. Interestingly, in the past, Koeleweimolen was open for public visitations but that doesn't seem to have been possible for a while now and like Bonne Chiere and Nieuwe Papegaai, we are left to simply enjoy seeing her from the outside.

The four mills are located fairly close to each other. Starting at Kruispoort and walking along Kruisvest and the canal, you can see them all in around 20-30 minutes depending on your walking speed and how much time you linger at each. They are each situated upon earth ramparts, elevating them above the tree lines and making for outstanding photographs when sky conditions are favourable.
Written 3 November 2022
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Andrew B
Derby, UK187 contributions
Oct 2022
interesting historical mill (1770), great views back towards the city. Very steep wooden staircase up to the body of the mill and the whole thing sways - vertigo and sea sickness sufferers beware...
Written 12 October 2022
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