The Sonian Forest (Foret de Soignes), Brussels, Belgium
Sonian Forest, Brussels, Belgium| Map |
A network of trails for walking, bicycling and horseback riding are among the popular ways to explore the beautiful Foret de Soignes (Sonian Forest) in Brussels, Belgium. Designated dog areas and fishing are additional features of this family-friendly recreational area bustling with wildlife. While brown bears and wolves no longer roam the grounds as they did hundreds of years ago, deer, wild boar, red squirrels and bats are easily seen, depending on the time of day. For example, roe deer are mostly active at dawn. Families hoping to catch a glimpse of these elegant creatures will need to arrive early to spot the deer hiding among bushes and saplings. Although most visitors won't encounter wild boars, they also live in the forest and are most active at night. With its snout, it roots in the soil, greedily searching for acorns, chestnuts, beech nuts, rootstock and earthworms. Among the 39 mammals that live in the Sonian Forest today, 14 of these are different varieties of bats. Toads are found throughout the forest and are easily spotted, especially in March and April during the breeding season when they gather at the various ponds. While no forest inhabitant is as cute as the red squirrel with its fluffy tail and white belly, many consider alpine newts -- with their unspotted, bright orange belly and a golden iris -- one of the most striking and beautiful amphibians of the Sonian Forest. Aside from wildlife, what distinguishes the Sonian Forest from other woodlands are the impressive, upright beech trees reaching high into the sky. In fact, 70 percent of the Sonian Forest consists of beech trees, earning it the nickname: The Beech Cathedral. The beech nuts are a delicacy for many forest animals, such as deer, squirrels and mice. Setting aside a day to explore the Foret de Soignes (Sonian Forest) is a fantastic excursion for families visiting Brussels, Belgium.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Throughout the Foret de Soignes (Sonian Forest) are several children's play areas where they can run around and play games in the outdoors, making this an ideal outing when families are visiting Brussels, Belgium.
Address: Sonian Forest, Brussels, Belgium| Map
Phone: 0472 328 506
Hours: Open 24 hours.
Price: Admission is free.