There exists a magical forest in Belgium, not too distant from Brussels that is absolutely out of this world. Come to this place if you are there in April or May and you will be totally mystified. Each spring, Hallebros, or Bois de Hal (Halle Forest in Dutch), a gorgeous forest, is covered with a dense blanket of bluebell flowers.
Photographer Kilian Schönberger captured these stellar photos of this forest during the bluebell season. Visits would be ideal during weekdays, since it can get quite crowded with tourists as well as locals on weekends. As would be expected, picking the flowers in this lovely forest is strictly prohibited in order to conserve its astonishing natural beauty.
The delicate fog that descends quite frequently in this forest amplifies its mystical and ethereal atmosphere even further. To best experience this forest with all of your senses, visit in the early night or morning when the alluring aroma of the bluebells permeates the air at it’s strongest.
Arguably one of Belgium’s best kept secrets, the amazing bluebell flower fields provide one of the most amazing natural wonders you will encounter in the Benelux, perhaps equaling the gardens at Keukenhof near Amsterdam. The difference is that these luxurious flowerbeds in the outskirt of Brussels are all wild and not man-made. What’s more, access is free, so long as you bring your own vehicle.
Halle’s Wood used to be part of the Sonian Forest, Europe’s biggest beech forest which would extend over the southern part of Brussels. Beech wood is the leading species of tree and the softly rolling landscape lends it a particularly pleasing ambiance. The forest itself is striking enough to merit a visit on its own. Be that as it may, the sea of purple-blue bell-shaped liliaceae sprouting everywhere allows for scenery that is simply spectacular.