The beauty of Bruges is not re-discussed, but there is a neighborhood of the city that is perhaps a little ‘less known others but that left me very impressed and would recommend anyone to visit, especially on a nice sunny day in autumn or spring.
And ‘the district of Sant’Anna characterized especially by a beautiful park bordering the canal and which are imposing the typical windmills.
Our route took place on foot but can be very nice to do well by renting a bike in the center of Bruges.
Let’s start with the Coupure, the street that runs alongside the canal that are moored houseboats. Here live seriously people: some are real floating villas remarkable considering the size of the boats.
We follow Coupure throughout its length until the channel that we are not united along with what surrounds the historic city center. All around the city there is a long and narrow green park along the canal path from a side street of pedestrians and cyclists.
We turn left and begin to walk in the park as the sun peeps through the trees colored autumn and flashes of blue skies open above our heads.
We must be careful here because the bicycles have priority, so we have to walk on the side not blocking the road for cyclists.
We reach the first windmill, the Bonne-Chièremolen, colored in white, who suffered surprising for its size and for its large blades that shoot up towards the blue sky. We had never seen a windmill before.
A little further in the Sint-Janshuismolen, open in summer, from May to August (9:30 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 5:00 p.m., from Tuesday to Sunday).
A little further on, raised on a hill is the Koeleweimolen, active since 1765 and still functioning, is tall and imperious. This windmill in the summer, in July and August can be visited (9:30 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 5:00 p.m., from Tuesday to Sunday).
Within these two mills will visit the Bruggemuseum Molens, the museum of the mill, which precisely explains the history of these buildings and their function over time.
Admission is € 3 for adults, € 2 for children, but if you have the Brugge City Card admission is free.
Before the bridge head left walking in the district of St. Anne, always along the canal, among autumnal trees that are dropping their leaves.
In the streets of Sant’Anna you can admire many effigies of the Madonna on the outside of the buildings: wander randomly admiring the colored doors, bicycles parked outside the houses, the signs of shops.
In this quiet neighborhood and a little ‘outside the usual tourist circuit you can visit the Church of St. Anne, the Lace Museum and the Museum of Folklore (these two both be visited by paying a ticket of € 4 each, free in possession of the Brugge City Card).
From here in a few minutes you can reach again the center of Bruges, find a beer to stop to sip a beer or continue the exploration of the city.