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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 Today the water is free of ships, which have been replaced by the ever-present ducks and swans.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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Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges £129
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 and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). St. James's Church and Dali Xpo Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Bruges Station is 17 minutes by foot and Bruges-Saint-Peters Station is 29 minutes.

    Martin's Brugge £60
    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.

      Aragon Hotel £89
      Aragon Hotel

      Aragon Hotel

      Naaldenstraat 22, Bruges
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Historical Center Bruges, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bladelin Court and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). St. James's Church and Friet Museum are also within 5 minutes. Bruges Station is 21 minutes by foot and Bruges-Saint-Peters Station is 26 minutes.

        Hotel Sablon Bruges £134
        Hotel Sablon Bruges

        Hotel Sablon Bruges

        Kopstraat 10, Bruges
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chocolate Line and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). St. Salvators Church and Dali Xpo Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Bruges Station is 15 minutes by foot and Bruges-Saint-Peters Station is 30 minutes.

          Hotel de Orangerie £139
          Hotel de Orangerie

          Hotel de Orangerie

          Kartuizerinnenstraat 10, Bruges
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Historical Center Bruges, this luxury hotel is steps away from Groeningemuseum, Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilig Bloed Basiliek) and Bruges Belfry (Belfort). Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt) and Fish Market are also within 5 minutes. Bruges Station is 17 minutes by foot.

            Novotel Brugge Centrum £72
            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 15-minute walk of Diamond Museum and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). De Vos Almshouse and De Halve Maan Brewery are also within 5 minutes. Bruges Station is 12 minutes by foot.

              NH Brugge Hotel £93
              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 and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). Concert Hall (Concertgebouw) and St. Salvators Church are also within 10 minutes. Bruges Station is 10 minutes by foot.

                Boutique Hotel 't Fraeyhuis
                Boutique Hotel 't Fraeyhuis

                Boutique Hotel 't Fraeyhuis

                11-15 Minnewater, Bruges
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Minnewater and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). Begijnhof and Beguinage are also within 5 minutes. Bruges Station is 9 minutes by foot.