Hallerbos is one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Belgium - an enchanting forest of over
552 hectares composed mainly of beeches, oaks and maples. The forest gets its nickname from a
phenomenon which occurs in the Spring, when the forest is suddenly covered with an
extraordinary blue carpet that is created by the simultaneous blossoming of an infinity of
hyacinths and bluebells. It is located only 9 miles away from the city of Brussels, just near the
municipality of Halle, an area of ??Flanders on the border with Wallonia.
The Forest of Hallerbos, or the Blue Forest, with its incredible undergrowth carpeted with wild hyacinths, of the non-script Hyacinthoides species, offers a truly fairytale spectacle, a concert of colors that lasts only a few weeks, from the second half of April until end of May. This phenomenon is not uncommon in Europe, similar forests can also be seen in France, Ireland and Great Britain, but the density and beauty of the flowers in this place is certainly unique.
Every year hundreds of tourists and nature lovers immerse themselves in the forest to admire the breathtaking scenery of the seasonal blue blossoms. The forest is full of evocative paths, scattered with small picnic areas and can be navigated by bicycle or even on horseback. Aside from the blue blossoms, there are an infinite number of animals to admire which include roe deer, foxes, squirrels, wild hares and over 100 different species of birds.
Hallerbos is a protected area in order to safeguard the magic of the forest. Visitors are asked to observe simple rules: they are not allowed to pick the flowers and it is strictly forbidden to venture outside the established paths. You can find all this info and more on the official website (hallerbos.be) so you can better organize your visit without incurring heavy fines.
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