Bois de Hal flowering 2022: don't miss the wild hyacinths

Bois de Hal flowering 2022: don't miss the wild hyacinths
Halle wood hyacinth

Updated on April 30, 2024 by pierre

Each year of Japanese buses and thousands of visitors from four corners of the world make the trip to see the famous hal wood. If you live in Brussels and have never made the trip before, it's worth the detour! The Bois de Hal is located only 15 km from Brussels.

The flowering of Hyacinthe of this wood is one of the most awaited events by nature and plant lovers.  Thanks to this small violet and fragile flower, present by the thousand, the whole thing is transformed into an immense colored carpet. All come to photograph the blue carpet of hyacinths.

It's under the trees that a magic carpet of flowers with bells appears. There are still a few anemones as well. Do not miss the date, because this natural spectacle only lasts two to three weeks maximum. Also, if it were to rain too much, the flowers would settle. It is therefore better to come at the beginning of the season.

Don't be surprised, on the way to this blue dream, everyone came to savor:   regular joggers , walkers come for the first time, photographers off the trails in search of the right angle, family and children…. All come to admire the hyacinths that are out…

The “hyacinth festival” had been canceled for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. So it will be popular this year


When to go to the Bois de Halle? When Do Wild Hyacinths Bloom?

Wild hyacinth in the wood of Halle
Wild hyacinth in the wood of Halle

Flowering usually takes place from mid-April. But it depends on the weather.  It usually only lasts 2 or 3 weeks. to give you time to admire the carpet of flowers. To not miss the right moment, search for “bois de halle” on instagram, and wait to find photos of this year! You will find pictures as soon as tourists go there.

Little trick, to be able to better appreciate the shades of blue of these flowers. Best to get up early. With the sunrise, the colors are even more magnificent. Ditto if there is mist and sun. In addition, the earlier you are, the less people there will be…. Remember that visitors come by the thousands.





Practical questions about Halwood

Where to park in the Bois de Halles?

The municipality of Hal (also called Halle) is located in Flanders. It is possible to get to the Bois de Hal, either by car (or shared cars, and even by Uber). It is also possible to get there by public transport.

  • en car : from Brussels, take ring E19, and then exit Halle ( 21 ) . Then keep left, and finally turn left at the second traffic light. After a few moments you will start to see the signs Hallerbos (Hallwood) the municipality of Hal has set up many parking spaces near the wood.
  • en bus : in total, 3 lines serve the Bois de Hal:
    • bus 155 from Lijn which stops at parking level 1,
    • the 156 which serves the Vlasmarktdreef stop,
    • TEC bus 114 (the latter only on weekdays).
  • With Free Shuttle from Halle station. It will take you to the parking lots. This shuttle is only accessible on certain days: 2 & 8. April 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 30 as well as May 1, from 09 a.m. to 00 p.m.
  • v-shapedelo+train, by renting a bike from Hal station (from April 16th to May 1st)

This year, the municipal authorities are asking visitors to take the free shuttle. The goal is not to go to the woods with their car. A free shuttle bus service will be set up between Halle station and Bois I

Where to find wild hyacinths?

Do not be afraid of the size of the forest. The best marked route. Everything is set up so that you can see the most flowery places. To avoid damaging the flower carpets, it is strongly requested not to leave the marked trails.

Wild Hyacinth by Peter Bromley (c) Unsplash
Wild Hyacinth by Peter Bromley (c) Unsplash


If you want to eat, fritekot and sellers of waffles  et street food are usually found in parking lots. Otherwise, you can always bring your picnic.



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