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Minnewater

The “lake of love” is a gorgeous spot for a scenic stroll or waterside picnic, a relaxing haven from the busy streets of Bruges' historical center.

Few cities have such an enchanting entrance as Bruges. If you arrive at the main train station, Minnewater will be one of the first places you encounter. The name Minnewater translates into “lake of love,” appropriate for this romantic stretch of water. Fairy tale-style turreted houses and weeping willows help define this as one of Bruges' most idyllic spots. Parts of the defenses of the city can still be seen, including the Watchtower that looms over the park.

The lake and adjoining canals in and around Minnewaterpark were once vital transportation corridors during the city's golden age in the medieval period. Everything from textiles and spices, to sugar and wine filled the cargo holds of commercial boats transporting goods via the waterways. Barges often moored along the banks here. Today the water is free of ships, which have been replaced by the ever-present ducks and swans. The latter are in fact considered emblems of Bruges. One legend says that in 1488 the city was cursed with swans for all eternity. These days the lovely white birds are more loved than loathed. 

If the sun is out, buy local produce and have a picnic on Minnewater's banks. This is also a popular spot for summer concerts; check listings and book your tickets ahead of your visit. Explore Minnewater when the climate is colder as well. With the water iced over and the trees dusted in snow, it's a truly bewitching sight. Take some memorable photographs for the front of your Christmas card.

Minnewater is a short walk from Station Brugge, the main train station. Alternatively you can walk from the center of town in about 20 minutes. From Grote Markt, follow Wollestraat to the canal and then walk southwest along the canal all the way to the lake. After relaxing for a while, get back to the city center in style by hiring a horse-drawn carriage and driver from the north end of the park.


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Academie Hotel

Academie Hotel

Wijngaardstraat 7-9, Bruges
4.3
of 5, from 1,079 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Diamond Museum, Minnewater and Church of Our Lady. Groeningemuseum and Bruges Belfry are also within 15 minutes.

£62
Novotel Brugge Centrum

Novotel Brugge Centrum

Katelijnestraat 65b, Bruges
4.3
of 5, from 1,242 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Diamond Museum, Church of Our Lady and Minnewater. Groeningemuseum and Bruges Belfry are also within 15 minutes.

£62
Martin's Brugge

Martin's Brugge

Oude Burg 5, Bruges
4.2
of 5, from 1,786 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is steps away from Dali Xpo Gallery, Bruges Belfry and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Holy Blood Basilica Chapel and Bruges Town Hall are also within 5 minutes.

£119
Hotel Navarra Brugge

Hotel Navarra Brugge

41 St Jakobsstraat, Bruges
4.5
of 5, from 645 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cinema Lumiere, Bruges Market Square, and Bruges Belfry. Groeningemuseum and Church of Our Lady are also within 10 minutes.

£82
Martin's Relais

Martin's Relais

Genthof 4, Bruges
4.4
of 5, from 650 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jan van Eyckplein, Bruges Market Square, and Bruges Belfry. Basilica of the Holy Blood and Groeningemuseum are also within 15 minutes.

£106
Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges

Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges

Hoogstraat 6, Bruges
4.7
of 5, from 1,666 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this romantic hotel is steps away from Burg, Basilica of the Holy Blood and Bruges Belfry. Bruges Market Square and Groeningemuseum are also within 10 minutes.

£46
Hotel 't Keizershof

Hotel 't Keizershof

Oostmeers 126, Bruges
3.6
of 5, from 189 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Begijnhof, Minnewater and Church of Our Lady. Groeningemuseum and Bruges Belfry are also within 15 minutes.

£56
ibis Brugge Centrum

ibis Brugge Centrum

Katelijnestraat 65 A, Bruges
4.0
of 5, from 685 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Diamond Museum, Church of Our Lady and Minnewater. Groeningemuseum and Bruges Belfry are also within 15 minutes.