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Atomium, Brussels

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#1 of 325 in Museums in Belgium
Specialty Museum Landmark
A bizarrely shaped building, Atomium resembles a giant atom. Originally built for Expo 58, Brussels' World Fair in 1958, the landmark now attracts visitors for its impressive views of the capital from above. Designed in the shape of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times, the building is composed of nine huge stainless-steel spheres measuring 18 m (59 ft) in diameter and connected by steel tubes. Visit the five spheres containing exhibit halls, including one permanent exhibit dedicated to Expo 58. The top sphere offers a panoramic view of Brussels. Learn about the building's history, construction, and renovation on a guided tour. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Atomium and many more Brussels attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Brussels trip itinerary maker.
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  • I am sincerely delighted with the visit went at night to avoid colad etc etc people sincerely struck me vale very much worth this if you need to see it
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  • The Atomium is approximately a 25 minute metro journey from Central Brussels. On arrival, we had to queue for our tickets, and we then discovered that the elevator was out of use and so we could only ...  more »
  • Futuristic monument symbol of Brussels ... Very impressive especially at night ... A bit over priced the cost for visiting, €17 are truly excessive.
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  • A spectacular building complex with interesting exhibitions. We visited it outside the rush hours so the queues were short and things went smoothly. Everything does cost quite a bit there, though, so it's best not to come here for eating. I warmly recommend visiting Atomium on a day when it's not to crowded. The location is easily accessible with public transportation – we used the metro number 6.
  • Wonderful Atomium. Go there. Enjoy exciting panoramic views and use the photographic service downstairs to keep best memories from your trip. Take printed photos with national hero Tin Tin or with your friends and enjoy it at home. It's the best souvenir we got from Belgium and professional photographers from Atomium will help you to get it. Have a nice trip.
  • Why is this a thing? It was probably cool in the fifties, but like, dude. Such a tourist trap, and not much of a payoff. The whole thing is just a shrine to itself—you're inside of an exhibit that's about the exhibit your inside of. I dunno, lots of people seem to like it, so I guess I'm an outlier. It just seemed pointless, and you can see better views from hills in the city (like where the Music Instrument Museum is, or the park in front of the royal palace).
  • Interesting place. Great views from the top and a bit of fun going around the inside. Not very expensive and takes up an hour or two. Nice park near by, overall nothing to complain about and good fun.
  • It's not something you absolutely have to see from the inside. The view from the top is alright, but not too interesting. The exhibition inside was quite boring to be honest. The security checks at the entrance are just insanely over the top, yes, I get it that some people feel safer with the metal detectors and everything in place, but to me it just feels like it's slowing everything down. On the plus side, the staff is quite friendly, and from the outside it looks great. So my recommendation: take a look at the Atomium from the outside, even just to see the scale of it, which doesn't come across on photos of it. But don't bother going in.

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Where to stay in Brussels

It's easy to find accommodations in Brussels for nearly any budget. Tourists generally gravitate to the area surrounding Grand-Place, the city's main square. Also consider staying near Stephanie Square Centre and Boulevard de Waterloo, which are both centrally located. As Europe's unofficial capital, the city boasts a wealth of high-end hotels for visiting diplomats, concentrated along glitzy Avenue Louise. Those looking for a low-budget option will find a host of hostels scattered around the Grand-Place and within walking distance to the city's main attractions.
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