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Atomium, Brussels

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#1 of 324 in Museums in Belgium
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. See Atomium and all Brussels has to offer by arranging your trip with our Brussels tour itinerary planning tool .
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  • August 17, 2017
    Although we were not encouraged to go, we are really pleased. Worth, seeing those giant balls, which according to you're approaching them, walking on the vast Esplanade, you see different and changing figures. We look forward to you nightfall because they told us that it was worth to see it glow, and "it was worth".
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  • August 17, 2017
    Can not go to Brussels without doing the Interior is interesting we have a funny feeling in the balls and escalators go in not Misty weather to enjoy the view
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  • August 17, 2017
    Are 12 euros per person to climb the structure, which you get by a tight Elevator and, in summer, stinky. Upstairs has a restaurant but I couldn't eat lunch because I had just closed the kitchen, I could go in the restaurant but to drink a glass of wine at a bar facing the external view, very cool. Then we started the tour itself, through the spectacular balls, that when I was at a museum that tells the history of the construction of the site and the story of a Belgian airline. Some stairs are normal, other cranes. When you try to push some pictures you took as soon as I arrived (you get them willy-nilly, two with their pet, two who are with you). The pictures are good pq is a good Pro who takes, but are 20 euros! I took a souvenir photo with Keychain q cost me 5 euros, on the other hand my picture, on the other, the photo of the Atomium. Downstairs has souvenirs. To enter they say q can not backpack, and you pass in a metal detector before.
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  • July 3, 2017
    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.
  • June 22, 2017
    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.
  • June 20, 2017
    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).
  • June 27, 2017
    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.
  • June 25, 2017
    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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