Hallerbos: walking the bluebell forest

Hallerbos in Belgium

Timing is everything for this ‘blue forest’ located less than 12 miles south of Brussels. Visitors wishing to experience Hallerbos at its best need to keep a keen eye on the weather, because when the temps have sufficiently warmed up enough, Hallerbos turns a gorgeous violet-blue as Hyacinthoides non-scripta come into bloom. The peak period lasts for 2 weeks and usually begins around mid-April while the forest trees are still bare, allowing the necessary sunlight to reach in. As the trees gradually unfurl new leaves, the bluebell season comes to an end in the growing shadows.

Hallerbos - bluebell forest

This place was a trip highlight for us. Easy walk, dog-friendly, and free! It can get especially busy on weekends so it’s advised to visit during the weekdays (more available parking). There are designated picnic areas and random benches located along the trails. Wonderful place to relax and unwind, but I wish we had been able to get there at first light (and maybe spot a deer or other woodland creature). For information: Hallerbos

Hallerbos with the

Hallerbos hosts a network of walking paths, biking paths and horse trails. Dogs must be kept on a leash, but the dynamic duo loved running along the trails.

Hallerbos, Belgium

8 thoughts on “Hallerbos: walking the bluebell forest

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  2. Anonymous

    Absolutely breathtaking; a magical place for Smurfs ;). And it looks as if you had the place all to yourselves!


    1. Rowena Post author

      It is big enough that even with a lot of people, the forest can seem empty the further you walk in. Definitely a place for little blue creatures!


  3. Jacques' Dog Blog

    Wow! That’s beautiful!! That’s a nice picture of the forest. I laughed when I got to the picture of the pups. It almost looks like they’re giving you their best ‘Blue Steel’ pose. That or they’re annoyed with you. If they’re anything like my Westie it’s probably the latter.

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    1. Rowena Post author

      Spoken like only a true Westie owner would know. I almost tossed the 2nd and 3rd photos in the trash bin but your comment merits more than just a reply. Note how very precise the german is in all of the 3 shots!

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