Psychedelic purple
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Hallerbos

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Why locals love it

It's wild, huge and unique because it's so close to the city and it almost feels like a National Park in Canada (you won't see bears, I promise :-)) The rural surroundings (especially Dworp, which is the village I live in) are worth a visit too, you can still find local farms, old traditional pubs and restaurants, bright fields with animals,...

Why you should visit it

This forest is located in the greenest outskirts of Brussels (called 'De groene Gordel' in Dutch, which means, the green belt basically) and very close to the city (about 30 minutes by car). It's a young forest, which allows the sun to shine at the bottom of the trees, thus creating every spring a beautiful purple carpet of bluebells.

Special tip

After a fresh walk in the forest, have a local beer/dish at the Smidse (http://www.desmidse1655.be/). It's a traditional renovated farm/paper mill

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Are there organized trips to this purple forest? If yes, Please advise their dates & prices. Thank you, Mai
Mai
Traveller
April 24, 2019
If you're in Brussels in April, go to the Hallerbos, it's just magical!
Béatrice
Local
July 17, 2018
Hi, what's it like mid-July do you know? And can you get there on public transport from the centre of Brussels? It looks stunning!
Josie
Traveller
July 6, 2018
Hi Josie, it's nice all year round, but the bluebells blossom is over now. It's still worth a visit though, but it's quite far away from the center of Brussels. Public transport will bring you closer but you'll still have to go for a long walk to get there. it's easier to get there by car.
François
Local
July 6, 2018
Hi! Will the bluebells be out yet? Thinking of visiting next Monday! Thanks :)
emily
Traveller
March 27, 2018
Hi Emily, I think it's a bit too early yet but with a bit of luck you might see the first tiny little ones coming out. Anyway, it's a nice place for a walk in the open air so enjoy it ;-)
François
Local
March 27, 2018
Will the forest floor no longer have the purple carpet of bluebells now I'm August? I am here for the weekend and would love to visit tomorrow if still recommended. Thanks :)
Danny
Traveller
August 18, 2017
No, unfortunately, it's gone. It only lasts for a few weeks in April-May. It's still a nice place to go for a walk or you could also try the Fôret de Soignes which is huge or Bois de la Calbre which is in Ixelles and very close to Avenue Louise if you prefer to stay in the center. Enjoy your trip !
François
Local
August 18, 2017
Thanks for the reply Francois :). We will look into the places you suggested.
Danny
Traveller
August 18, 2017
I meant 'Bois de la Cambre' ;-)
François
Local
August 18, 2017
Hi, I am planning to visit Brussels on May and i would like to plan a visit at hallerbos. Is it open during 17-19 May ?
Alma
Traveller
May 3, 2019

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