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St Janshuis and Koelewei Mills

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Address: Kruisvest, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: 3250448711
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Windmills have graced Bruges' ramparts ever since the construction of the...

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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Interesting to get up close

Been past these many times over the years when walking along one of the cycle / walking routes on the outskirts of the city. You are able to get up really close. I haven't seen... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Cecil H
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Milan, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Interesting to see if you have enough time to spend: you walk 30 minutes from the city center and you can get a great sight from the top of the ladder (there are some little hills with the mills on the top). For sure not a "must-visit".

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Thank Roger V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just lovely to see in a great spot. A bit of a walk out of the centre of Bruges but the setting is fantastic.

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Thank Mike M
Burnaby, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are actually 4 windmills on the walk around Bruges. These are (from north to south) Koelewei Mill (Coelweymolen - 1765 moved here 1996), Nieuwe Papegaai Mill (1790 moved in 1970), St Janshuis (Sint-Janshuismolen - 1770), and Bonne Chiere Mill (1844 rebuilt 1911). Of these only Sint-Janshuismolen was open to the public. The climb up is much like a steep... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Plan and give yourself 2-3 hours to walk from the old town to the mills , there are some great shops and choffe shops along the way.

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Thank RiaanSouthAfrica
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Been past these many times over the years when walking along one of the cycle / walking routes on the outskirts of the city. You are able to get up really close. I haven't seen any working and it was a long time since one was open to the public when we were there. If really keen, maybe check out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

It is quite the walk (20-25 minutes) from the centre of town to see the four windmills that are situated on the outskirts of the old centre of town. As far as I know they are not working windmills and were erected in their present locations in the last 30 years. Would have been good if there was more information... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I loved seeing the magnificent view of the windmills all in a row. It was worth the long walk from the centre of the city to see the windmills, walk up into them (extremely steep, narrow steps, so hard to get into so I didn't pay the 2 euros to go up any higher to see the mechanism of the... More 

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Thank erinkelleymcbride
Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

This is a windmill located near the edge of the historic city center. It's an interesting, and definitely not ADA accessible, climb up to the windmill. You'll find two levels once you make the climb and get a good understanding of how these famous windmills operate.

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Thank dcam1
Orlando, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

These are two very well preserved windmills along a canal. We walked through the city to see them and it made for a great evening.

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Thank Blythe W
Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Unfortunately we visited these windmills on a very cold rainy day, so probably not seen at their best.

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