The Atomium, a Belgian icon

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The Atomium, a Belgian icon

Originally built for the World Exposition of 1958, the Atomium has become one of Belgium’s most famous landmarks. The nine spheres represent the atoms of an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times. They symbolize the faith in both scientific progress and nuclear power, which is specifically characteristic of that period.

When you’re visiting Brussels, it’s mandatory to take a selfie with the Atomium in the backdrop, as it shows that you’ve really been to Belgium ;-) For a fee, it is also possible to enter the construction, whizz through the tubes via a futuristic escalator and explore the permanent and temporary exhibitions held in the different spheres. The permanent exhibition in the lower spheres documents the history of the Atomium. The upper sphere offers a beautiful 360 degree panoramic view over Brussels and its surroundings.

Want to surprise your company with a dinner in the clouds? Then check out the gastronomic restaurant in the upper sphere that caters Belgium’s finest kitchen. Prices are somewhat on the upper range, which is to be expected for such a unique location.

The Atomium is also the backdrop for numerous events all year long, such as the Laeken Fireworks Spectacular where fireworks fill the sky over five consecutive Friday nights in Summer.

Practical information

  • Open every day, from 10:00 to 18:00
  • The ticket price for adults is 15 EUR. Discounts apply for kids, students, teachers, seniors and groups.
  • Order your ticket beforehand to skip the line and save time.
  • If you've bought the Brussels Card, you'll get a 25% discount to visit the Atomium. With the Brussels Card you have free acces to most of Brussels' museums during 24, 48 or 72 hours (depending on what you chose). There is also a formula of the Brussels Card that includes free public transportation.
  • More information on the website of the Atomium and on the website of its restaurant
  • How to get there? Take the metro in the direction of Roi Baudouin (line 6) and hop off at Heysel.

Selfie in front of the Atomium

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