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Romantic hotspots

Bruges is a charming destination in any season, but its intimate atmosphere is especially felt during autumn and winter.

Bruges is a romantic city like no other. The swans on the canals, the winding medieval lanes and little cobblestone squares all contribute to the city's fabled ambience. According to legend, the swans came to the city in the 15th century. The people of Bruges were rebelling against Maximilian I, who had imposed heavy taxes on them. His bailiff, Pieter Lanchals (whose last name means 'long-neck', another word for swan), was beheaded in Market Square. When Maximilian returned to power, his punishment for the people of Bruges was that they had to keep swans on the water from that time on, in memory of Lanchals.

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