Belgian Windmills, Brugge
There are four windmills along the canal that circles the old town section of Brugge. It seems as though most people do not bother to venture out to them, so, there are no bothersome crowds.
I walked out to them in the early morning dawn and again at night. Also, if you go at night the windmills are lit and there is so little traffic that all is very silent...add a little fog and the area seems a little spooky in a cool sort of way!!!
Not too far from the center and well worth the walk on a nice day, Sint-Janshuysmolen or the stilt-windmill from 1770 is still in use and in summer, you can watch the vanes turn at full speed if the winds are blowing. This was the end of our walk out to the craft festival that brought us to a great church and on the way back to the city center, the great Flemish Pub, Oude Vlissinghe.
On the outskirts of the city, on the park that marks the sight of the old city walls on the northeast, there are four windmills that make for lovely photos.
The northern most windmill is Coelweymolen, built in 1765, rebuilt here in 1996 and is open to the public for a small fee (2E) should you happen to plan your visit better than I did and not on a Monday.
Next is the Nieuwe Papegaai Mill, a rebuilt oil mill placed here in 1970
Next is the St. Janshuismolen windmill dates from 1770, the only one still in it's original position, it's also open to the public for a small fee (2E). I believe this one still grinds flour as does the other windmill open to the public, Coelweymolen.
The southern most windmill is Bonne Chiere Mill, built in 1888 in Olsene, moved here in 1911.
Open 9:30- 12:30 and 1:30- 5, April-September, weekends only in April and September
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Since you're in Benelux, you have to see the windmills right? Well, to complete the image of the low countries, Bruges has a couple of these things on the outskirts of town. One of these mills, St Janshuis' windmill, which dates from 1770, is the only one to survive in its original position and it is still in operation. Visitors can also climb inside and visit a wee museum in it.
Tranport: Cycle there...
Location : Kruisvest - 8000 Brugge
Take a walk out of the city centre and around the perimeter.
Here you will see the four remaining windmills. Originally there were 25. They stand on the canal between Kruispoort and Dampoort. One of the mills is Sint Janshuysmolen and was built by a group of Bakers in 1770. It was later acquired by the city of Brugge and still grinds grain today. There is a small museum inside.
It's well worth it to just leave the main streets, lace shops and chocolate letouts to wander around the east part of the centre. Here, you will encounter few tourists and you can still be amazed by the beauty of it all. The old fortifications with windmills are worth seeing as well.
It's not really off the beaten path, cause Brugge is really little but lots of people spend over there just one day and since there are so many things to see, they miss the wind mills outside town, aren't they beautiful!
At the windmills next to the Kruispoort entrance to the city you can escape the tourists for a while.
Along the water canal that captures Bruges you will find several mills.
One of them you can even visit.
Brugge has also 4 beautiful windmills.
They are situated near the water where the big living boats are lying, made from a big transport ship.
Here's a windmill in the town of Sluis (Netherlands.) Built in 1739 - 1st in the area made of stone. Open every day.
Windmills. it is nice to get away form the center of Brugge and just wander around we found 3 Windmills along the river bank and worth a look as they are very old and a great photo opportunity.
Visit the windmills!!! There are three wooden windmills next to the Kruisport. They are quite beautiful and you get a lovely view over the town from the hills...