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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 Today the water is free of ships, which have been replaced by the ever-present ducks and swans.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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Lodging Near Minnewater

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$88
Martin's Brugge

Martin's Brugge

Oude Burg 5, Bruges
4.3
of 5, from 749 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Centrally-located modern property in Bruges situated 20 meters from the historic Belfry, 50 meters from the market and the city's shopping streets.

$104
Academie Hotel

Academie Hotel

Wijngaardstraat 7-9, Bruges
4.3
of 5, from 347 reviews
4.0 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.

$141
Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges

Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges

Hoogstraat 6, Bruges
4.7
of 5, from 657 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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

$112
Novotel Brugge Centrum

Novotel Brugge Centrum

Katelijnestraat 65b, Bruges
4.3
of 5, from 390 reviews
3.0 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.

$66
ibis budget Brugge Centrum Station

ibis budget Brugge Centrum Station

Marie Popelinplantsoen 4, Bruges
4.0
of 5, from 430 reviews
1.0 out of 5.0

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.

$159
Hotel Dukes’ Palace Bruges

Hotel Dukes’ Palace Bruges

Prinsenhof 8, Bruges
4.7
of 5, from 527 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

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

$62
Hotel 't Keizershof

Hotel 't Keizershof

Oostmeers 126, Bruges
3.7
of 5, from 60 reviews
1.0 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.

$141
Hotel Navarra Brugge

Hotel Navarra Brugge

41 St Jakobsstraat, Bruges
4.5
of 5, from 310 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This elegant 17th-century listed mansion house hotel enjoys a prime location in the heart of the historical city center of Bruges, only 100 meters from the main square and its famous Belfry tower, and all the major attractions and shopping streets.