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Atomium, Brussels

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#1 of 512 in Museums in Belgium
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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  • Much bigger than might be imagined, the top sphere had an observation deck and a restaurant with views over Brussels reached by a lift. Other spheres have exhibitions and it sits in a park which has m...  more »
  • I just wanted to see the place having heard everyone talk about it, took a tram to the place and such a beauty. I could not get the influence to such design but it is out of the world beauties.  more »
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  • An interesting idea of an iron atom magnified 165 billion times. It was specially build for World Expo in 1958. Out of 9 spheres only 6 is open to the public. The other 3 spheres lack vertical support and due to security reasons are closed to the public. There are different expositions inside the Atomium. From the above of the construction you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Brussels.
  • After the mannequin pis, this is the place that you have to visit in Brussels 🇧🇪. A museum and unique sculpture made by aluminum and steel, this site represents Belgium steel industry. To be honest, I’m more interested to admire the site from the outside, not from the inside. But you can go upstairs with admissions, and it’s also for Adam museum admission in front of the esplanade.
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