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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 Today the water is free of ships, which have been replaced by the ever-present ducks and swans.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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Martin's Brugge £74
Martin's Brugge

Martin's Brugge

Oude Burg 5, Bruges
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is steps away from Bruges Belfry (Belfort), Holy Blood Basilica Chapel and Brewery Bourgogne des Flandres. Bruges Town Hall (Stadhuis) and Historium are also within 5 minutes. Bruges Station is 17 minutes by foot and Bruges-Saint-Peters Station is 30 minutes.

    Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges £101
    Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges

    Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges

    Hoogstraat 6, Bruges
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Historical Center Bruges, this romantic hotel is steps away from Palace of the Liberty of Bruges, Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilig Bloed Basiliek) and Bruges Belfry (Belfort). Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt) and Groeningemuseum are also within 5 minutes. Bruges Station is 19 minutes by foot.

      Novotel Brugge Centrum £67
      Novotel Brugge Centrum

      Novotel Brugge Centrum

      Katelijnestraat 65b, Bruges
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 Market Square (Grote Markt) are also within 15 minutes. Bruges Station is 12 minutes by foot.

        Academie Hotel £77
        Academie Hotel

        Academie Hotel

        Wijngaardstraat 7-9, Bruges
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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 Market Square (Grote Markt) are also within 10 minutes. Bruges Station is 11 minutes by foot.

          NH Brugge Hotel £77
          NH Brugge Hotel

          NH Brugge Hotel

          Boeveriestraat 2, Bruges
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Historical Center Bruges, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of 't Zand Square, Church of Our Lady, and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). Bruges Belfry (Belfort) and Groeningemuseum are also within 15 minutes. Bruges Station is 10 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges £127
            Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges

            Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges

            Prinsenhof 8, Bruges
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Historical Center Bruges, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chocolate Line, Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt), and Bruges Belfry (Belfort). Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilig Bloed Basiliek) and Groeningemuseum are also within 10 minutes. Bruges Station is 17 minutes by foot and Bruges-Saint-Peters Station is 29 minutes.

              ibis budget Brugge Centrum Station £41
              ibis budget Brugge Centrum Station

              ibis budget Brugge Centrum Station

              Marie Popelinplantsoen 4, Bruges
                 
                1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Begijnhof and Minnewater. Church of Our Lady and Groeningemuseum are also within 15 minutes. Bruges Station is only a 2-minute walk.

                ibis Brugge Centrum £48
                ibis Brugge Centrum

                ibis Brugge Centrum

                Katelijnestraat 65 A, Bruges
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  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 Market Square (Grote Markt) are also within 15 minutes. Bruges Station is 12 minutes by foot.