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The Hallerbos blue forest of Belgium

The Hallerbos blue forest of Belgium

Belgium, Europe, Outside India, Photo Essays, Travel Extras

Spring this year is being a bit cold and so, sunny days seem to be heaven sent. A few weeks back, a Saturday dawned so bright and warm, that we imagined the weather to last the whole weekend. We made plan for a day trip to Halle in Belgium, filled up gas in the car and packed a nice picnic hamper. Sunday, however, dawned grey and cloudy, and it was a real mood killer. To escape the Cologne dullness, we stuck to our day trip plan, put the baby in the car and drove nearly 200 kilometres to a little Belgian municipality of Halle. Our destination was Hallerbos and the reason of our visit was the spectacular mass blooming of blue bells.

Every year, in spring Hallerbos gets carpeted by dense purple blue and it is one of Belgium‘s best kept secrets. This truly magical natural phenomenon happens around 15 kilometres south of Brussels and Hallerbos is also known as Belgium‘s blue forest. Also known as Bois de Hal in French, Hallerbos is situated in the Flemish municipality of Halle and though the forest is a lovely place to explore at any time of the year, in spring it is breathtaking. Much sought after by both photographers and nature lovers, the blue bells usually start blooming in mid April and they last for a few weeks.

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A family day trip
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To the Hallerbos beech forest.

The sight of the blue forest in full bloom is out of this world and the flowers spread like a sea of endless purple. Up close, the bluebells are delicate flowers and they fill the air with an intensely sweet wild fragrance. It is their density which creates this unbelievable bluish haze and flowers range from violet, lilac to dense purple. Popularly known as Common Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) is a spring-flowering bulb, which is also a perennial plant and it thrives under the shade of beech trees. In fact, beech trees and blue bells are best of friends and the neon green young leaves amidst a sea of blue flowers make terrific photos as well.

They say, pictures speak louder than words and to get an idea of what Hallerbos Blue Forest is like, take a look at this photo essay.

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Bluebells
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Smattering of white bluebells

TRAVEL TIP – The bluebells of the Hallerbos create a spectacular wild flower phenomenon and it is an unforgettable experience. However, the blooming is extremely short lived and with increasing temperatures, trampling, weather changes etc, soon it might be a thing from the past. So, enjoy the flowers till they last.

How to get there – Hallerbos forest is located 20 km South of Brussels. There are several ways to reach the park. One option is to take a train to Halle from Brussels and a bus connection to the forest is available from there. During the week, the bus line 114, operated by TEC takes you to halte “Vlasmarkt” on the Nijvelsesteenweg. From there the entrance of the Hallerbos is easily walkable. On the weekends, use the bus line 156 operated by De Lijn to the stop “Lembeek Congo”. The entrance to Hallerbos is a 15 minutes walk from there. During the flowering season of the bluebells, free shuttle bus service is available from the train station in Halle to Hallerbos. Alternatively, you can rent a bike at the station for Hallerbos or like us, go there by car. Either enter “Vlasmarktdreef Halle” into your GPS system or go to “Bosmuseum Halle” in Google Maps.

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Hallerbos Bluebell walk

When to go there – Hallerbos is lovely at any time of the year and there are some excellent hiking and cycling trails. The bluebell flowering season, however, is somewhere in the second half of April. Being a natural phenomenon, the flowering depends on the weather and it makes sense to keep a watch on the Hallerbos website to stay updated on the best time to visit. Young beech leaves and flowering bluebells with good sunshine creates best photos. Weekends are busy during the flowering season, so try to go there on a weekday. Early mornings and late afternoons to evenings also see less people.

The Bluebells Walking Route – Hallerbos has 3 marked walking routes and one of them is a dedicated Bluebell Walk. It is a 7 kilometre route and can take approximately 2 hours. The most beautiful part of the forest where there is maximum chances of sighting mass flowering is the yellow walking path – Reebokwandeling. You can find the map of the forest on the official Hallerbos website.

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Bell shaped delicate flowers

Other Travel Tips – The entrance to Hallerbos is free. Bring your camera and do not stray from the marked areas to avoid trampling on the flowers. Prior permission is required for professional photo and videography. Other facts to keep in mind is that there are no toilets in the forest, except for the museum and only a few restaurants nearby. Carry snacks and water with you if you plan to stay for a few hours. If visiting with a baby stroller, do bring a sturdy one and be prepared to push it uphill once a while. Rain can make the walking tracks muddy, so wear sensible shoes and carry rain proof jackets. There are many flowers to be spotted at Hallerbos and white bluebells can also been seen there.

Travel Trivia – .Hallerbos has a very interesting World War history. During the WWI a large part of the original forest was destroyed. However, the years between 1930-1950 saw a massive reforestation drive and Hallerbos has been thriving ever since.

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Sunlight, young beech leaves
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And a purple flower haze.
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A family friendly place
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Hallerbos has some
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Excellent hikes, trails
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Gorgeous redwood and
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Beautiful photo opportunities.
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Go there for the bluebells
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Precious memories and
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And unforgettable experience.

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About the author

Hi! I am Svetlana, a cloud gypsy, a story teller and a Maverickbird. A mother, writer, entrepreneur, traveler, foodie and an animal lover, I am a Super girl from India.

17 Comments

  1. rupam { xhobdo }
    May 12, 2017 at 6:39 am
    Reply

    Amazing place. So beautiful pics. Loved the post.

  2. Renuka
    May 12, 2017 at 8:49 am
    Reply

    This blue forest truly looks heavenly! It’s a place where you would want to spread a carpet and just sit nestled to a tree trunk with a bunch of books…or maybe do just nothing!

    • maverickbird
      May 17, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Thank you Renuka. The Hallerbos experience was indeed out of the world. We spent walking around, resting in the forest and it felt simply wonderful. They also have some wild deers, rabbits and other small animals there and it was lovely seeing them go about their business, with no fear.

  3. Tanayesh
    May 12, 2017 at 6:06 pm
    Reply

    Awesome and looks beautiful indeed…
    Well discovered place

  4. Sapana
    June 12, 2017 at 9:54 am
    Reply

    Beautiful photos ! Your child is very cute!!

    • maverickbird
      June 12, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Thank you very much Sapna. He is my sweetheart.

  5. Yogi Saraswat
    June 12, 2017 at 9:55 am
    Reply

    Beautiful place indeed !!

    • maverickbird
      June 12, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Thank you very much.

  6. Pradita Kapahi
    June 12, 2017 at 2:14 pm
    Reply

    Wow! I don’t know which color is more breathtaking – the blue or the green. Beautiful pics !

    • maverickbird
      June 12, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you. The bluebells at Hallerbos look especially pretty when the sun shines on them through the young green beech leaves.

  7. Deep
    June 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm
    Reply

    Wow, it’s so great to see such a beautiful world.

  8. Miss Jose
    June 12, 2017 at 7:34 pm
    Reply

    Hi..i have been to Belgium but never knew or ever heard of this…the pics look great…Thanks for sharing!

  9. yashdeep vitthalani
    July 4, 2017 at 10:12 am
    Reply

    it’s awesome

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