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Unusual mix of darkness and beauty

Lost in time – that’s how you feel in the heart of Bruges, Europe’s best preserved medieval city. This is a dreamy city that could convert the most modern poet into a romantic: nothing upsets the peace and equilibrium of this medieval destination - no high rises, rare neon lights and hardly any blights of modern development. A waffle stall on every corner, romantic carriages on every street, and an airy main square with 47 chiming bells are just some of the city’s unique features.

Bonne-Chièremolen CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC BY-SA 3.0
Bonne-Chièremolen Lou Salomé / CC BY-SA 3.0

Bonne-Chièremolen

Bonne-Chièremolen

Historic mill in Kruisvest

Historic mill in Kruisvest

Stay.com Editors' Note

Bonne-Chièremolen is a mill on the outskirts of the city center, serving as a corn and oil mill. It was built in 1844 in Olsene, and transferred to Brugge in 1876. Unfortunately, the original structure was damaged in 1903 by a violent storm.

Part of the original Bonne-Chièremolen remained in the canal, and became the mill embankment in 1906. The mill was rebuilt the same year, and it now stands on its current location, however closed to the public. You can still admire it, from the distance, as it beautifies the surrounding landscape.

Bonne-Chièremolen
Kruisvest, 8000 Brugge, Belgium, Bruges