Walking tour

The monument to the terrorist attacks of 22 March 2016: a place of meditation and mourning among the trees

This walk will take you into the Sonian Forest to visit the monument to the terrorist attacks on Brussels and the surrounding area on 22 March 2016. The memorial in Drève de l’Infante is made up of 32 birch trees planted in a circle and was created by the Brussels authorities to honour the memory of the 32 victims of the attacks on Maelbeek/Maalbeek metro station and Brussels Airport in Zaventem.

The tour will also give you the chance to explore some of this approximately 5,000-hectare forest to the south-east of Brussels, which adjoins the Bois de la Cambre/Ter Kamerenbos. The systematic replanting of beech trees in the 18th century – some of which have survived to this day – led to it being named a ‘beech cathedral’. Since 2017, 270 hectares of the forest have been classified as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

This walk is the perfect way to discover a green space that remains something of a hidden gem.

In cooperation with Amis de la Forêt de Soignes/Vrienden van het Zoniënwoud.

Practical information

Sun. at 10:00 (in French) (duration: 2 hours).

Starting point: Coccinelles/Lieveheersbeestjes tram stop (tram 8), Chaussée de la Hulpe/Terhulpsesteenweg, Watermael-Boitsfort/Watermaal-Bosvoorde

Advance booking required. Up to 20 people per tour.

8 Coccinelles - Lieveheersbeestjes