Sint-Janshuismolen
Sint-Janshuismolen
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9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • Alex S
    Zurich, Switzerland262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fully functional windmill from 18th century
    It was very interesting to see how an old wooden windmill is constructed and how it actually works. The mechanism appears to be quite simple but smart. It’s amazing, that entire construction can rotate to catch the wind. And that it’s not only a museum, but a functioning mill to produce flour to feed live stock. The feeling, how the construction vibrates, when sails rotate under the wind, rounds up the impression.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • pakabay
    Adelaide, Australia2,479 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic Windmill
    One of 4 historic windmills located near each other on the banks of the main canal , on the north eastern edge of the medieval city. This particular mill is still in working order but unfortunately wasn’t open during our visit. Still, it’s an impressive sight and within easy walking distance of the heart of the city.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2024
  • RugbyDave50
    Bagshot, United Kingdom446 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Step steps and a charge of 8 euros
    A very pleasant 20 minutes stroll from the market Square passing many cafes and restaurants serving beer and hot drinks. Don't go up the windmill if you don't like heights. Worth the view but old wooden equipment doesn't float my boat. Also 8 euros entry one you climb the steps.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2024
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California4,100 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Sunset Stroll
    We walked around the outer canal and visited three of the windmills - way bigger than I expected. Nice parkland surrounding and leading up to these historic artifacts. It’s a ways outside the old town section, but, once you’ve run out of options, cruise over here for something unique.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2024
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,932 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
One of four remaining old windmills in Bruges. This one was built in 1770, replacing earlier ones on the site. The mill was a working mill to grind flour. It is currently managed by Musea Brugges and is open to the public during selected hours. The Bonne Chiere windmill to the south, which is very similar in appearance, actually makes for better exterior and silhouette photos as there is no fence surrounding it like at Sint-Janshuismolen.
Written January 21, 2023
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Alex S
Zurich, Switzerland262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It was very interesting to see how an old wooden windmill is constructed and how it actually works. The mechanism appears to be quite simple but smart. It’s amazing, that entire construction can rotate to catch the wind. And that it’s not only a museum, but a functioning mill to produce flour to feed live stock. The feeling, how the construction vibrates, when sails rotate under the wind, rounds up the impression.
Written August 18, 2023
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pakabay
Adelaide, Australia2,479 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
One of 4 historic windmills located near each other on the banks of the main canal , on the north eastern edge of the medieval city.

This particular mill is still in working order but unfortunately wasn’t open during our visit. Still, it’s an impressive sight and within easy walking distance of the heart of the city.
Written March 27, 2024
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RugbyDave50
Bagshot, UK446 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A very pleasant 20 minutes stroll from the market Square passing many cafes and restaurants serving beer and hot drinks. Don't go up the windmill if you don't like heights.

Worth the view but old wooden equipment doesn't float my boat. Also 8 euros entry one you climb the steps.
Written April 1, 2024
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MandL-OM
Surrey, UK305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
My first visit to Bruges and absolutely loved it. As we were only visiting for the day, we started off with a walk around the perimeter before heading into the centre. Loved finding the windmills, a hidden gem. Worth a visit.
Written January 12, 2020
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA4,100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We walked around the outer canal and visited three of the windmills - way bigger than I expected. Nice parkland surrounding and leading up to these historic artifacts. It’s a ways outside the old town section, but, once you’ve run out of options, cruise over here for something unique.
Written May 1, 2024
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OceanShark
Haarlem, The Netherlands6,300 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Build in 1770 and still operational as a wooden cornmill (Bakkersmolen). Renovated in 2001.

Nice tour and place to visit.
And great to take pictures.
For opening times, see their website.
Written July 28, 2019
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Brad
Hong Kong, China172,947 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Sint-Janshuismolen is one of four windmills that line the northeastern ramparts and Ringvaart in the Historic Centre of Bruges. It is open for public visitation, providing opportunity for visitors to see the inner workings of a flour grinding mill. Opening hours are 9.30-12.30pm and 1.30-5pm daily. Entry is €4 per adult.

In addition to seeing the interior of Sint-Janshuismolen, it is also neat just to view the mill from the outside. There is a walking path that takes you up to each of the four mills, allowing up close views. Sint-Janshuismolen is the second in the line of mills starting from Kruispoort Gate.

Note: for good photographs, simply walk down from the rampart hill where you can capture the entire mill in your lens. Also try to visit In the afternoon or early evenings when the sun is at your back. This will allow you to take nice pics of Sint-Janshuismolen with blue skies in the background.
Written December 26, 2018
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luvroma2
Reading, PA1,971 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
We have seen and been inside a number of windmills, but since these were included in our Brugge Museum pass, we decided to walk to these windmills. We are glad we did since they were located in a non touristy area of Brugge where we had not been previously. Once you get there, you need very little time to explore. The opening times are VERY limited.
Written April 27, 2014
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orlavaguy
Corvallis, OR153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
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.
Written September 4, 2012
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