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Minnewater (Lake of Love)
Minnewater (Lake of Love)

Minnewater (Lake of Love)

Free admission
Bruges

The Basics

Minnewater is a popular stop on many Bruges tours and a great place for picnicking during the summer months. Summertime also brings concerts and live-music events, notably the 3-day Cactus Festival in early July. The best views of the Minnewater can be had from the 18th-century bridge that crosses the lake.

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Bruges Guided Visit From Paris Full Day Trip
Bruges Guided Visit From Paris Full Day Trip
$201.88 per adult
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We had a small group (coming out of covid) but an excellent experience. Nice drive to Bruges and great history and details about the art and architecture. Really enjoyed the tour.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Minnewater is a must-visit for families, couples, or anyone needing a little nature break.

  • Wear comfortable footwear and bring sun and/or rain protection, depending on when you plan to visit.

  • Much of the park is wheelchair-accessible, with compacted pathways surrounding the lake.

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How to Get There

Minnewater is located in the southern part of central Bruges, about a 15-minute walk from Markt Square and a 10-minute walk from the railway station. Bus numbers 11 and 12 both connect the park with the city center.

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When to Get There

Minnewater is open 24/7 and is free of charge to visitors. The best time to visit is the peaceful early morning, when a light mist still hangs over the lake. If you come for the annual Cactus Festival in July, you can even opt to camp in designated sections of the park.

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The Legend of Minnewater

Local legend says the lake was named for a young woman named Minna, who was in love with a soldier from a neighboring kingdom. Because her family wanted her to marry someone else, she ran away to the forest to find her lover, only to die in his arms, exhausted from the ordeal.

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