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Atomium, Brussels

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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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  • Most people outside of Belgium, including myself, would probably never have heard of the Atomium, which is a shame as this one-of-a-kind landmark has the potential to be equated to Brussels in... 
    Most people outside of Belgium, including myself, would probably never have heard of the Atomium, which is a shame as this one-of-a-kind landmark has the potential to be equated to Brussels in...  more »
  • Excellent views, could have been better signposted where to go by lift and where to go by stairs, but worked it out eventually! Lovely food at cafe at base, only restauranmt at top and obvioulsy... 
    Excellent views, could have been better signposted where to go by lift and where to go by stairs, but worked it out eventually! Lovely food at cafe at base, only restauranmt at top and obvioulsy...  more »
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  • Extremely cool visit. Was glad to see that they managed to keep the full tour going while accommodating all the new Corona guidelines. The travelling art installation in the higher spheres had everyone stopped in their tracks as soon as they entered.
  • It's amazing! A real work of art, engineering and architecture. I've passed by it a couple of times over the past few years and I've always been amazed by it, but, unfortunately, I never got the chance to visit inside. Finally, this summer I chose to tick it off from the bucket list and I'm so glad I did it! First of all, approaching the park and seeing the Atomium from afar leaves you speechless because it's something you can't find anywhere else. The exhibition at the lower levels shows the whole history and construction process of the building it's so interesting and enriched by photos, documents and flyers from the '50s. Seeing the initial designs and then what it turned up to be, proves that the human mind is capable of grand things! The ID#2021 - Symbol exhibition is a full immersion in sound & light. Simply mind-blowing. Going from one sphere to the other is exciting and getting to the upper sphere and enjoy the panorama is really great. If you happen to be in Brussels, you definitely have to reserve a couple of hours to fully enjoy the Atomium!

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