Windmills of Bruges
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  • David
    Lille, France1,829 contributions
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    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
    Traveled solo
    Written July 6, 2023
  • O S
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    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Adventurer556198
    29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
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Adventurer556198
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 August 11, 2023
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jbg74
Saint Paul, MN1,060 contributions
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May 2022
All four windmills are along the major, circular canal at the edge of the medieval town on the north side of the medieval portion of Bruges. They are on the bike path that circles the city where the old city walls were located. You can go inside the one which still grinds grain. It is included in the Bruges Museum card and is well worth a visit.
Written May 31, 2022
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David
Lille, France1,829 contributions
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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 July 6, 2023
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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium36,830 contributions
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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 December 11, 2022
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
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Dec 2018 • Couples
A lesser known set of attractions in Bruges are the four 18th and 19th century windmills that line the old rampant and Ringvaart on the northeastern side of the Historic Centre of Bruges. Mills have a long history throughout Belgium, here visitors have opportunity to see four that are in very good condition up close.

There is a walking path that leads up to each of the four windmills including Sint-Janshuismolen, the oldest of the mills (1770) and the only one that is open to the public for visitation. This particular mill is second in the line starting from the south at Kruispoort Gate. Opening hours are 9.30-12.30pm and 1.30-5pm daily. Entry is €4 per adult.

The Burges Windmills are a pleasant surprise and another interesting set of attractions to see in beautiful Bruges if time allows. Unfortunately they are a bit isolated and away from the bulk of sightseeing that first-time visitors will want to concentrate their efforts on in the historic city centre. However, for those who have done the rounds during previous stays as well as windmill enthusiasts, you'll want to consider making a bit of time for the Windmills of Bruges.
Written December 26, 2018
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Deborah from Indiana
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Even though 2 of the 4 windmills were relocated from outside Bruges, they fit in. It is a wonderful walk around Bruges-4.5 miles or 7 kilometers-so take the time and incorporate the 4 remaining gates into the whole experience. Watch out for the bicycle riders-they do love their bells!!!! Wonderful views from the remains of the defence wall of Bruges along the main canal. It gives you a different view of Bruges, especially around the Minnewater Lake area with the Grain Tower and the Powder Tower. Plus, not full of tourists-even though I was one! The 2 original windmills have a closed base while the newer windmills have a 4 brick dice base.
Written January 4, 2020
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G S
Hampshire, UK87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Found the 4 windmills adjacent to the main canal on the edge of the City. Most are closed off but it is possible to go upside one of them (if you can face the steep staircase up and then down afterwards). It cost 4 Euros but I thought it was worth it for the views alone.
Written September 16, 2019
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Mkris9
Southampton, UK482 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
One of the best locations to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the touristy places and the city. We spent a good couple of hrs, to just chill with kids and our dog running around to let off steam.
Written June 4, 2019
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julia
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 February 2, 2024
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 November 3, 2022
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