With my back firmly turned on the Greenhouses of Laeken in the North, I could hardly wait to make my way to Halle’s Wood (Hallerbos in Flemish – Bois de Halle in French), in the South. Hallerbos, once part of the vast Sonian Forest, consists mainly of Beech trees, walking and horse riding dirt paths.
But every spring, during the last weeks of April, it is transformed into an enchanted forest as if out of a fairytale. For, as far as the eye can see, it is dressed in a magnificent purple-shaded cape, a flowerbed of countless wild bluebells. And on sunny days, it is sprinkled with tiny white anemones that help bring out the purple blue in all its radiant glory.
The bluebells are now in full bloom, at its peak all next week. If you are around, this is the one walk you have to take.
The Hallerbos website includes everything you need to know, including flowering seasons.