Tucked away at the southern end of Bruges is the beautiful area known as "Minnewater". The centre piece is the "Lake of Love" and" Lovers bridge" .
It’s a great place to be with someone you love! A very tranquil location within the confines of the city. So serene and peaceful. A wonderful place to relax with families or loved ones..
On your way from the train station or the coach parking to the city center you cannot escape the Minnewater Park. It's a beautiful entrance to Brugge. The Lake Of Love is the heart of the park.
A legend tells the story of a young and pretty girl named Minna who was in love with Stromberg, a warrior of a neighbouring tribe. Her father did not agree with her love and arranged her to marry a man of his choice. Minna escaped and ran into the forest. When Stromberg finally found her, she died in his arms of exhaustion. The lake was named after Minna and the bridge by the lake was considered the bridge of love, in her honour,
If you walk over the bridge and kiss your loved one, it will become eternal love.
Enjoy the scenery from the lake bridge, one of the benches along the lake or stroll through the calm Minnewaterpark.
The lake is actually a reservoir and is joined to the famous canal system of Bruges. You can also spend time crossing the bridges and walking around the park. It’s a great place to see the wildlife of Bruges, in particular the swans which are the city’s emblem.This is also an excellent place for anyone looking to take picturesque photos.
Walking in this area you will get a sense of what Bruges must have been in the past. We’d also recommend spending some time around the old city defences of Bruges in this area, including the tall watchtower known as "the gun powder tower". In fact, are lots of attractive buildings and monuments in the Minnewaterpark area. The park here is also home to a number of festivals throughout the year, most notably the Cactus music festival (usually in July) when concerts take place on the grassy park area.
One of the symbols of Bruges is the swan. There are always plenty to be found on the Minnewater. The legend about the swans of Bruges: In 1488 the people of Bruges had executed one of the town administrators belonging to the court of Maximilian of Austria. The town administrator ,Pieter Lanchals, family coat of arms featured a white swan. Legend has it that Maximilian punished Bruges by obliging the population to keep swans on their lakes and canals till eternity.
All photos © M. Willems for visit-bruges.be