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Atomium, Brussels

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • If you do not make too high expectations to see and visit Atomium, you will be pleasantly surprised. Via the lift, stairs and rolling stairs you have access to more than just the view at the top of the center. There is a fantastic 360 degree view from here. When we visited Atomium there was also a Magritte exhibition, which made the visit perfect. There are lots of sketches and stories about how Atomium was designed for the world exhibition in 1958. There is a restaurant and coffee shop at the top floor. In ny opinion a must see by visiting Brussels. Tip: Buy a combo ticket that also includes entrance to Mini-Europe next to Atomium. You have a great overview at Mini-Europe from Atomium.
  • Quite some time ago since I was last here, but it's an interesting, but expensive building. The queues here can be very long, especially in holidays and the summer. There are science exhibits inside, along with all the escalators. However, I feel if you are coming here to look at the building, do that from the outside and find a good quality science museum. The one surprising feature, are the views you get from the top of the surrounding area.
  • When accompanied with kids a long queue is just the thing I like to avoid but Atomium being a popular place we decided to stand in the queue for about an hour and then we're taken to level 3 by an elevator. Now level 3 had some viewing windows thru which we could see the beautiful surroundings. This is was not something that we were excited to see and were a little disappointed. But then we went to other levels and gradually the fun began. The highly steep stairways (escalators ) were built amazingly and the light & sound effects added to the beauty. Place is worth visiting once.
  • The place is very nice. Make sure you download the application in your phone which has the voice guided tour.. it would definitely add a meaning to your visit and explains to you what you would see in the panorama and the significance of each thing you see and tells you about the history of the atomium. You just need to follow the numbers on the wall and play the audio accordingly. You will find the way to download the app in the reception.
  • Such an amazing landmark. Hard to believe it was built in the 50's. Looks like something straight out of fallout. Or another science fiction universe. So cool.

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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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