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1-day Guided Hiking in the Sonian Forest (Forêt de Soignes) in Brussels

Join Thibault, a local certified mountain leader, for an incredible day of hiking in Belgium's ancient and beautiful Sonian Forest (Forêt de Soignes). Escape busy Brussels for a day and discover the wilderness just next to it.

Duration1 day
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripPrivate


  • Explore and hike in this ancient forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site

  • Learn about the forest, including its ecological, economic and social role.

  • Get a chance to spot some local wildlife.


In the southeast corner of Brussels, running along the line that divides the capital region from Flanders lies the Forêt de Soignes, or Sonian Forest, as it is known in English.

Composed of ancient beech as well as oak trees and teeming with local wildlife, the forest was formally inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017.

The forest is an excellent location in which to hike as well as see much of Belgium’s native flora and fauna. As we pass through well-maintained trails, along lake shores and through thick green foliage, we will get the chance to spot some of the forest’s nearly 40 species of mammals.

Hiking in La Forêt de Soignes for a day is perfect for the ones living in Brussels or the ones travelling in Belgium for a few days and wanting to escape in the outdoor for several hours.

There are tons of different itineraries. I’ll define a program based on the time you have, your wishes and your fitness level. I’ll make sure we have a wonderful hike together.

If we’re lucky, we may even spy the elusive wild boar, which was thought to be extinct from 1957 until its rediscovery in 2007. Roe deer, bats, ducks and frogs are among the various other species of wildlife we may encounter.

There’s nothing quite like a walk in the woods to get the blood pumping and increase your appreciation for nature, so what are you waiting for?

Book me now and join me for both a fun and informative day of hiking through this magnificent forest and learn a little bit about my lovely country!

If you like the look of this trip, then I think you will also enjoy my half-day guided trail run in the Sonian Forest too!

Meeting point

- To be determined based on the program and the itinerary I'll define for you - We could start in one of these municipalities where La Forêt de Soignes lies: * Auderghem * La Hulpe * Hoeilaart * Overijse * Sint-Genesius-Rode * Tervuren * Uccle * Waterloo * Watermael-Boitsfort * Woluwe-Saint-Pierre - You'll be able to join the starting point by car or with the public transport (+/- 30min from the Center of Brussels)



About the guide

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Passionate about trail running, the outdoors and everything that nature provides to us, I got certified as a mountain leader by the Club Alpin Belge. I also work as a school teacher and devote my free time to my artistic pursuits.

Maps are another of my big passions. I collect them and spend hours looking at them and searching for the best itineraries in the Alps, the Andes, the Carpathians...and then I take you to explore them, running or walking.

My mission is to share with you the happiness that a high altitude lake can provide, the comfort that one can find in a rustic mountain hut and the excitement of walking along a mountain ridge. Looking forward to meeting you!

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 207 each

Group of 2

EUR 104 each

Group of 3

EUR 70 each

Group of 4

EUR 52 each

Group of 5

EUR 42 each

Group of 6

EUR 36 each

Group of 7

EUR 31 each

Group of 8

EUR 26 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

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