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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Lonely Planet calls the Markt, the "nerve center" of Bruges. And you can see why: Shadowed by medieval buildings, the area is peppered with cafés that spill out into the streets. Horse-drawn carriages also clip-clop through the city square. And did we mention tourists? There are almost always a ton of those too. You'll find it right in the heart of Bruges, within a five or six-minute walk from the Church of Our Lady and the Groeninge Museum.

One TripAdvisor user describes the Markt like this: "Lovely square ... many historic buildings with loads of small side roads with loads of pubs/bars!" But this user (and many others) recommend bringing plenty of money, saying this is one of the most expensive areas of the small city. 

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#1 Minnewater Lake

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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