Atomium Brussels is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe and has become a symbol of Brussels, Belgium Tourism. More than 600,000 visitors come to this place every year. There can be a very long que if you will visit the structure during the weekends or public holidays. There is one elevator that can carry 10 persons maximum. But the wait is worth the visit.
Opening hours are from 10 am to 6 pm and ticket prices are around 16 Euros for adults, 8.50 Euros for children above 6 years.
History of Atomium Brussels
Atomium also called as Atom Bruxxlles, was constructed for the 1958 Brussels World Expo. It was designed by engineer Andre Waterkeyn and architects Jean Polak and Andre. After the event ended, Atomium was the only structure left standing at the place of the Exhibition. The faded aluminum structure was covered with shiny stainless steel during the renovations of 2004 to 2006. Now this glorious shiny symbol of Brussels attracts everybody’s eye.
What is Atomium Brussels
The structure of 335-foot-tall-Atomium represents a single unit of iron crystal which is magnified 165 billion times to form this wonderful landmark of shiny steel. Considering it was built in 1958, the structure is an amazing work of futurism and art.
There are 9 spheres of 18m diameter that represent atoms. These spheres are connected by tubes of 3m diameter with stairs, escalators and a lift. The Atomium was renovated between 2004 and 2006 to add additional features like am exhibition hall, a sphere for school events for kids, and a restaurant on the top that provides panoramic views of Brussels. You can see all the way to the city of Antwerp by using the telescopes installed in the top sphere.
The Sphere is lit up in the evening and whether you are driving or passing by, you will simply love the beautiful view of it. This is a great and famous place for selfies and photography. Walking inside Atomium does feel like walking in a spaceship.
If you plan to visit the Atomium, you cannot miss the amazing attractions that are very nearby. Mini Europe is a splendid site right next to the structure that has more than 350 small scaled building models from almost 80 cities of Europe. There is also a waterpark and an amusement park nearby. You can easily plan to invest your full day in this area. The closest Metro Station is Heizel or Heysel on line 6 of the Brussels Metro.