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.
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 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.