"Minnewater" Het Minnewater /Love lake . Tip by tompt

Het Minnewater /Love lake ., Brugge: 13 reviews and 12 photos

  Minnewater, Brugge
by tompt

Favorite thing: The Minnewater and its lovely park is one of the first things you see in the city of Bruges, when arriving by train. The Minnewater is a canalized lake. The picture is taken from the bridge (1740).

The coastal river Reie entered the city here. The river was canalized and made to continue to the center of town. There are several explanations as where the name Minnewater comes from. It could be water van het gemeen, which can be translated as the 'common water'. The lake was used as a water reservoir.
The lake is also called lake of love (minne means love), imagine the stories for that name.
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.

Address: A beautiful Lake / Park with white Swans.

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 2, 2004
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