Right in the middle of the Sonian Forest lies the Bosmuseum Jan van Ruusbroec, — the historical farmstead of the former priory of Groenendaal. Here you will learn everything about the fauna, the flora and the management of the Sonian Forest.
Bosmuseum Jan Van Ruusbroec, Duboislaan 2, 1560 Hoeilaart
The world’s richest and most famous collection of ethnographic objects from Central Africa and the complete archive of the work of Henry Morton Stanley—you will find that and more in the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren. The museum will close its doors in mid-2013 for a three-year renovation. The opening of the renovated museum is planned for October 2017.
Royal Museum for Central Africa, Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3060 Tervuren, www.africamuseum.be
With its historical priory, ponds, marshes and protected nature reservation, the Rouge-Cloître is a true oasis of peace and natural beauty on the perimeter of the Sonian Forest.
The Rouge-Cloître Art Centre hosts exhibitions throughout the year. The theme that binds these exhibitions is the relationship between word and image, art and literature. And, the children can indulge themselves in the outdoor play area.
Rouge-Cloître, rue de Rouge-Cloître 4 Rood-Kloosterstraat, 1160 Auderghem
Centre d’Art de Rouge-Cloître: www.rouge-cloitre.be
The Castle of La Hulpe towers over the Solvay Domain, which within its 227 hectares encompasses a walking park and part of the Sonian Forest. Today, the castle is not accessible to the general public. However, the park sets the scene for beautiful walks between the rhododendrons, azaleas and numerous unusual trees. Those who prefer something a little more natural can access the Sonian Forest from here.
The Castle of La Hulpe, Chaussée de Bruxelles 111, 1310 La Hulpe, www.chateaudelahulpe.be
Culture lovers can really indulge themselves in the farm of the caste of La Hulpe. There, they can view more than 500 works by the celebrated artist, Jean-Michel Folon, from watercolours, etchings and placards to sculptures.
The Folon Foundation , Ferme du château de La Hulpe, Drève de la Ramée 6A, 1310La Hulpe, www.fondationfolon.be
For thirty years, the Spanish House (or Gordaalmolen) was languishing in the Park of Tervuren. Despite its great historical value, the protected monument had gradually fallen into ruin. But recently, the Spanish House has again begun welcoming visitors. Visitors can have a drink and a bite to eat, taste local products and visit exhibitions.
The Spanish House, Park of Tervuren (between the Gordaalvijver and the Molenvijver, on the edge of the forest), 3080 Tervuren, www.3wplus.be/hetspaanshuis