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The symbol of Brussels.
With your atomium ticket, you will evolve in a futuristic decor through spheres and metallic tubes, while enjoying a view on the beautiful Brussels. Welcome to the Atomium, the symbolic place, dear to the people of Brussels. Over the decades, the Atomium has become a popular attraction. Since its creation in 1958 for the Universal Exhibition, this singular and emblematic building has never failed to attract and gather crowds. This unique building houses a restaurant, exhibition halls, conferences and even concerts.
Panoramic view from the atomium.
A little history
How did these gigantic metal spheres end up in the sky of Brussels? The story goes back more than 60 years to the 1958 World Fair. At the time, the traces of the Second World War were still present and the holding of this exhibition, which lasted several months, was a real event. The city took advantage of this exhibition to launch major urban works and build the Atomium. The Atomium was the brainchild of engineer André Waterkeyn.
The atomium is the symbol of Brussels.
An extraordinary monument
It was the architects André and Jean Polak who transformed the plans for the atomium into a reality. The building is the glory of science. 102 meters high and 2,400 tons heavy, the atomium is distinguished by its nine spheres of 18 meters in diameter connected to each other and placed geometrically: One in the center and the other 8 at the different peaks.
The atomium and its 9 spheres of 18 m in diameter.
Each of them representing an atom and the whole forming a gigantic iron crystal. Indeed, at actual size, this crystal would be 165 million times smaller!
The atomium is surprising, daring and atypical, this monumental architectural work is today a major exhibition place offering one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Brussels. Don’t forget to book your atomium ticket online.
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A visit not to be missed
At the foot of this monument so original and provided with your atomium ticket, the charm operates immediately. A real pride of the people of Brussels, this art center stands proudly in the sky of the Belgian capital. With more than 600,000 visitors per year, the atomium is not lacking in assets, that’s why it is recommended to book your atomium ticket in advance to avoid the queues. Within the atomium, you will find many exhibitions with various themes.
The permanent exhibition, “Expo 58”, traces the history of this national treasure, while the temporary installations offer unique immersions in digital creation, including a sound and light tour.
Access to each of these exhibitions is included with your atomium ticket.
Visit with your family
The visit of the Atomium can of course be done with the family. The team has prepared a free Adventure booklet for children with a dozen riddles to solve! A fun way to discover the museum.
Note that the futuristic atmosphere and the different lighting effects, especially in the escalator, will delight young and old!
Where to eat to visit the atomium?
A rotating panoramic restaurant is located in the upper sphere of the Atomium. It stands 95 meters high and offers a magnificent view of the city.
© Photo of the restaurant of the atomium
You will find Belgian specialties on the menu. White asparagus à la Flamande, North Sea waterzoï, chicken vol-au-vent and many other typical Belgian dishes. Dinner at the top of the atomium will complete your visit experience.
The Atomium Restaurant also has a panoramic bar and offers breakfast by reservation. There is also a sandwich shop on the square.
Good to know:
For families with small children, access to the atomium with a stroller is difficult.
With your atomium ticket,
the access is open every day:
From 10H to 18H.
Tour circuit :
1H to 1H30
Address to get there:
Adress: Pl. de l’Atomium 1, 1020 Brussels
6 Métro Station Heysel (at 8 min)
7 Tram Station Heysel (at 5 min)
Stop Palais 12 : Line 83.
Parking Brupark (at 350 meters)
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