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St Janshuis and Koelewei Mills

Kruisvest, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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Ranked #26 of 48 attractions in Bruges
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Pretty far from the other interest points,but if you have enough time,worth to visit them.Unfortunately,when I tried to visit they were closed and there wasn't any opening hours timetable.The area is wonderful,a lot of green grass,a channel strolled by different kind of ships... Not far from them you can find Kruisepoort,one of the old town gates.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

The 4 well restored/rebuilt wooden stilt windmills are the last of dozens that used to provide the citys flour.Each is different and they sit picturesquely on the outer ring canal to the east, in an attractive park, each on its own mound. Not open in January, but still interesting, and in summer there are working days. You can climb the... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

Chances are you'll have some spare time, even on a day trip to brugge, so take a walk outside the centre, past these windmills, then back next to the canals. If you've never seen a windmill before its a nice novelty, and its a good walk. They weren't accessible whilst we were there, but they made for nice photos.

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Solihull
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The steps up to the entrance of the windmills are very steep and you really need to have a head for heights if you want to go inside to look. Both are still working, although we didn't see the sails turning on either day we visited the area

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

Nice walk along the outer ring along the water but you could not access any of the windmills. Three of the four had locked fences. The fourth was locked. No information on operation. They operate differently from those in the netherland but disappointing not to have some type of documentation. If you walk from the old town, chose your roads... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We only saw one of the windmills. There was no wind but it was still quite interesting to see the old technology! The view from the top is very pretty, and the walk from the town centre offers plenty of pretty sights. If you go, make sure you visit the OLV Potterie church - stunning.

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

There are two mills that still function and still make flour. The day we came for a visit there was no wind and thus we could not see the procedure of making flour. The steps were quite steep, but the view from the top was breathtaking.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Very picturesque, and for a small fee, you can look inside the two floors of the St Janshuis mill. It’s fascinating to see the ingenious wooden technology that allows the sail to drive two sets of stones. There’s not a lot of information available, but you can pretty much figure out how it works. Oh, and it’s a steep climb... More

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Corvallis, Oregon
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Worth a visit. We rented bikes and biked along a beautiful path that runs on the outside of the old town and past the windmills. On a beautiful day, this is the way to see them! There isn't much to do (you can't go in them), so biking past and stopping for pictures is ideal.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

We wanted to make sure that we saw a windmill while visiting the low countries, and this completely satisfied our desires. You get to climb up into an historical windmill and learn about it. Definitely a stop you have to make!

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