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In medieval times, the Belfry and Market Halls (translated from Belfort en Hallen) was a bustling marketplace presided over by a soaring gothic bell tower. Today, the echoing chimes of the carillon bells can still be heard throughout Bruges. And you can also climb the tower's 366 steps for a sweeping view of Bruges.

One TripAdvisor visitor says that despite the tower's long lines and the steep steps, you'll be "rewarded with panoramic views over the city and a close-up view of the clock mechanism and bells." Admission is €8 EUR or just about $11 USD, and it's open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You'll find Belfry and Market Halls at the historic Markt square. 

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Located just south of the De Halve Maan Brewery, Minnewater Lake (which literally means "Lake of Love") is a charming body of water bookended by canals. There are park benches, weeping willows, walking paths and even swans that give the lake a lovely ambience. Some say the canalized lake is best viewed in autumn, when the willow leaves change color.

Most people agree that the Minnewater Lake is a must-see for its romantic atmosphere and pleasant views. However, some visitors weren't impressed, like this TripAdvisor user who says, "It's a pleasant enough stretch of water with nice paths and seats but I wouldn't fight my way past all the other things in Bruges to go there." Visitors also mention that there are a few good restaurants skirting the lake, one of which sells tasty waffles. 

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