I had no idea that something like Mystical forest exists in Belgium. The first time I heard about it was from my husband when his office had planned a trip to this forest in the 2nd week of April with employees and their families. We decided not to go due to bad weather. At that time, all I knew about this place was its called ‘Blue forest’ because blue flowers bloom in this forest during spring. I didn’t put much attention to it and thought it wouldn’t be all that great.
A couple of days later, my brother suggested me to go there and sent me a link which had pictures of this forest and the pictures looked like THIS Click here.
Damn! How could I ignore something that looks as splendid as this? I immediately searched for the dates to visit this mystical forest. I was relieved to know that I still have time to visit while the flowers are still in full bloom.
About Hallerbos: A forest in Belgium (South of Brussels) known for its bluebell carpet, which covers the forest each spring. Every year it attracts visitors from all over the world. The forest transforms from a sea of green into a sea of blue and makes a mesmerizing sight. To know more about its history Click here
I visited this place last weekend and was lucky to see bluebells still in bloom. It wasn’t as dense as I saw in pictures or it must have been in the previous weeks. I really wish I had gone here in mid-April. Another side of going late is, the forest gets filled with more beech leaves which make the whole forest even more beautiful. But, as the beech leaves grow more, the sunlight is not able to reach bluebells and they start withering. So ensure it’s not too late for you.
Best time to visit Hallerbos: The ideal time to visit is April, but every year the flowering season varies with the weather. You can monitor the bluebells status on the Hallerbos website Click here. Every week they update their website with the progress of the bluebell and accordingly you can make your plans.
I think this forest should be visited twice. Once when bluebells start blooming and the trees are still dry. At first sight, it looks like the forest has been covered with blue carpet. The second visit should be when the trees are filled with beech leaves. The combination of deep purple blue and transparent fresh green looks breathtaking. Both the views have their own beauty.
You can walk, hike, cycle, or ride a horse to explore the beauty of The Blue Forest. It was a blissful experience for me to see horses walking gracefully on their designated trails in between those slender trees. I, unfortunately, ran out of my phone’s battery and still regret not charging it before entering the forest. This picture is still in my mind and missing from my postcards collection. *sad*
How to get there: 1) Public transport – There is Bus service from Halle station to Hallerbos. Access to the forest by public transport is limited on weekends. 2) Blue Bike – Pick your bike from Halle station and cycle to the forest. The distance is less than 5kms. 3) Personal vehicle – Use Google Maps and Boom, you are there! 😛
Imp Tip: When you park your vehicle, DO CHECK the parking number before you enter the forest and collect your map from the entrance. We were too happy that we got the parking and forgot to check the parking number and didn’t see the need for a map. Hallerbos has 10 parking around it and if you have not noted the parking number and to worsen it, not even collected your map, take my words, you will be lost and nobody would be able to help you out especially if you can’t speak French. We had lost our way in the forest. We took a U-turn on realizing we have lost our way and walked 4kms extra at the time when we were dead tired of walking (I know we are in the world of smartphones and your vehicle can easily be tracked through it but what would you do if your phone gets switched off? 😉 so take the tip 😀
I could not click many pictures, but I hope I have compensated that by providing more information. Hope you enjoy! 🙂
In the below picture, they have put red signs because some visitors do not stay on the official trails and create their own paths which are causing damage. So much beauty has been destroyed forever.
Take out time to visit the centuries-old forest because words are not enough to explain how magical it looks!
If you have a forest like this in your country then share it with us in the comments below. Au revoir!