The Sonian Forest in Brussels

The Sonian Forest in Brussels.
To the southeast of Brussels lies the Sonian Forest, an extension of the Bois de la Cambre that serves as a true green lung for the European capital. It's worth seeing the unique creations of local artists and finishing the journey at the cozy café with organic local products and a playground for children.

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The Sonian Forest in Brussels.

To the southeast of Brussels, the Sonian Forest in Brussels offers wonderful natural landscapes. This cathedral of beech trees, often centuries-old, is designated as a Natura 2000 site, and 270 hectares of primary beech forest have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2017.

The Sonian Forest in Brussels is filled with recreational activities, including cycling, horseback riding, Nordic walking, jogging, and fishing in one of its 3 large ponds. It has something to delight both young and old. We also recommend visiting the Rouge-Cloître site at the edge of the forest, where you can enjoy a fitness trail and playgrounds.

The Sonian Forest in Brussels is an ancient massif with a diverse range of environments and impressive floral and faunal richness considering its location. Indeed, the flora in this forest is among the richest found in forests north of the Sambre and Meuse river valleys. The fauna is also abundant; you can observe bats, around a hundred species of birds, frogs, fish, and more.

So, if you dream of escape and fresh air just a few kilometers from the capital, come visit the Sonian Forest in Brussels!

Highlights:

  • Playgrounds (ages 3-7 and 7-12).
  • Fishing ponds.
  • Information panels.
  • Picnic tables.
  • Benches.
  • Parking area.
  • Easily accessible by public transport and car.
  • 4 routes for walkers and runners.
  • 5 play areas for youth activities.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does the Sonian Forest in Brussels have a playground?

Yes, the Sonian Forest in Brussels has several playground areas. We particularly recommend the playground at the Rouge-Cloître site, one of the largest and most modern playgrounds in the Brussels region.

Is the Sonian Forest easily accessible by car?

Yes, it is very easy to reach the Sonian Forest in Brussels by car. If you wish to park, the forest is located in a free parking zone that is open 7 days a week with no time limit.

Is the Sonian Forest in Brussels easily accessible by public transport?

Yes, here are the lines that pass near the Sonian Forest in Brussels:

  • Train: Boitsfort and Groenendaal stations.
  • Metro: Line 5 (HERMANN-DEBROUX stop).
  • Tram: Line 44 (Stops TROIS COULEURS, AUDERGHEM-FORËT, DREVE DES BRÜLES, TIR AUX PIGEONS, QUATRE BRAS, RAVENSTEIN, BRUSSELSESTEENWEG, OPPEMSTRAAT, TERVUREN STATION) or Line 94 (Stops HIPPODROME DE BOITSFORT, COCCINELLES, BOITSFORT GARE, TEN REUKEN, HERMANN-DEBROUX).
  • Bus: STIB: Lines 17 and 95 (Stops ETANG DE BOITSFORT, INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PEPINIERES), Line 41 (Stops ROUGE CLOÎTRE, ADEPS) TEC: Line 366 Court Saint-Etienne (Stops: HIPPODROME DE BOITSFORT, COCCINELLES, PEPINIERES, DREVE DES BONNIERS), Line E (ROUGE-CLOÎTRE stop), Lines 123, 124, 365 a, W (Stops: AVENUE VAN BEVER, RONCES, FORT JACO).

What is the best season to visit the Sonian Forest?

Each season offers a unique landscape in the Sonian Forest. We therefore recommend exploring the forest in each season to discover its particularities each time.

Are there museums near the Sonian Forest?

Yes, we recommend the following museums: The Forest de Soignes Forest Museum, the Folon Foundation, and the Wellington Museum in Waterloo.

What activities can we do in the Sonian Forest or its surroundings?

We recommend the Rouge-Cloître Art Center, where you can discover temporary art exhibitions. Bravo Discovery also offers tickets and guided tours:

And if we have more questions about the Sonian Forest in Brussels?

If you have questions or doubts, Bravo Discovery will be happy to answer each of your inquiries. Feel free to contact us!

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