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Walplein 26

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Bruges once contained dozens of breweries, but now De Halve Maan is the last one standing. With a history that dates back to the 16th century, the brewery has been continuously operating at its current site since 1856. Today, visitors can tour the historic facility, get some great photos from its tower and sample the beer.

One TripAdvisor user says, "The brewery tour is nice, the view of the city from the roof is great, but the beer is the BEST part!" And a Virtual Tourist user gives specific beer recommendations: "The drink at the brewery, Straffe Hendrike or 'Strong Henry' is really good. Ask for the light beer or the ‘Blonde.'" Frommer's describes this blonde as having a "clean, heavenly taste." However, some say the Brugse Zot is the way to go.

Brewery tours last about 45 minutes and cost €6 EUR (a little more than $8 USD) per person. You'll find it south of the Historic Centre of Brugge on Walplein. For more information, visit De Halve Maan Brewery's website

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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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