The Atomium is one of the most emblematic symbols of Brussels. With its 103 metres high, it represents an atom of iron increased 200,000 million times. It was completely renovated in 2005.
HISTORY OF THE ATOMIUM
The Atomium of Brussels was built for the Universal Exhibition held in the capital of Europe in 1958. As it happened with the Eiffel Tower, the Atomium was very much criticised during its construction. The architect who built the Atomium was André Waterkeyn.
DIMENSIONS OF THE ATOMIUM
From the upper area, which houses a restaurant, you can enjoy spectacular views over Brussels. The building itself is more interesting than the exhibitions held in its museum. Its nine spheres of 18 metres of diameter represent the nine provinces of Belgium.
INSIDE THE ATOMIUM
The Atomium is made up of nine balls. But not all of them can be visited, due to the structure of the atom. Exhibitions are temporary, usually related to the history of Brussels and photography. The best views are on the top floor, where the restaurant of the Atomium is located.
IS IT WORTH VISITING THE ATOMIUM?
The most impressive about the Atomium is the structure of the building. It was opened more than 50 years ago and it is still an avant-garde building. Its more than 100 metres high, a very impressive size!
It should be taken into account that the views from the top of the Atomium are good, but a bit distant from the city. The exhibitions are temporary and fairly simple, so it is not very interesting to pay the entrance fee. If you are interested in some good views over the European capital, do not forget to see our article about the best views of Brussels.
THE ATOMIUM AT NIGHT
One of the best views of the Atomium is at night, when its ballsare lighted up. One of the best photos of Brussels.
Open every day from 10:00hto 18:00h.
The restaurant of the Atomium is open until 23:00 h.
Adults: € 11.
Students, children between 12 and 18 years old and older than 65: 8€.
Children aged 6-11 years: € 6.
Under age 6: free entrance.
COMBINED TICKETS (ATOMIUM AND MINI EUROPE)
Children between 12 and 18 years old and older than 65: €19.6.
Children aged 6-11 years: € 12
Square de l’Atomium, 1020 Brussels
HOW TO GET THE ATOMIUM
The best option to get to the Atomium is to use the metro. The stop is Heysel/Heyzel, the last one in metro line 6. From Gare Centrale, in the heart of Brussels,it takes about 25 minutes by metro. An interesting option is to stop at Simonis Leopold, which is on the way to the Atomium, to visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the fifth Church in the world in terms of dimensions. The first one is the Vatican Saint Peter’s Basilica.
- Metro: Heysel, line 6
- Tramway: Heysel, 51.
- Bus: Heysel, 84/88
SOME PLACES NEAR THE ATOMIUM
- Mini Europe (197 m)
- Basilica of the Sacred Heart (3.5 km)
- Jeanneke Pis (5.1 km)
- Grand Place (5.2 km)