Visiting Atomium in Brussels, is one of the best things, to do in Belgium. Arrive early morning to avoid the queue and spend at least an hour here to enjoy the structure and its surroundings. The tickets come for €12 per adult which allow you to access the top, where you can observe spectacular views of Brussels. Atomium is indeed a fascinating architecture, built to pay respect to the contribution of science in our lives. It is also an ideal spot to enjoy your lunch in Bruxelles.
About Atomium and its Foundation
The Belgian Atomium was built in the 19th-century and the height of this gigantic monument is estimated to be 300 feet. By and large, Atomium features 9 shiny spheres that connect each other by tubular passageways. This structure was remodelled in 2006 when all the faint aluminium spheres were replaced by the remarkable steel ones. Altogether, the spheres form a giant cell with interesting interiors that flaunt a lovely restaurant, an exhibition space, and incredible views of the city. The 9 spheres, symbolise a crystal, which is augmented 165 billion times to represent faith in science and nuclear power.
In addition, this remarkable landmark is a significant symbol of unique architecture in the history of Europe. More so, because Atomium represents Expo 58 of the World Fair and post-war exhibition. The night view is exceptionally awesome to experience as the entire structure is lit up with wonderful lighting.
What to do at Atomium in Brussels?
At first, when you visit the monument, be ready to be amazed by its large landscape setting. After clicking pictures of the monument, you must take a surrealistic walk inside the tubes and spheres. While strolling, you will come across areas that offer 360° panoramas over Brussels and its surroundings. Explore all 9 spheres, and then head to the on-site restaurant for a lavish Belgian lunch. Thereafter, visit the exhibition centre that narrates the history of the building. Last but not the least, drop into the boutique store that offers souvenirs in the Atomium colours.
How to reach the Atomium?
I recommend a guided tour for first-time visitors, however, if you prefer a self-guided tour, then explore Atomium through escalators and stairs. Also, do visit the central ball to enjoy a fantastic view of Brussels. This monument is situated a little off the city limits, therefore, its best to drive down. If you are travelling through the Metro, then get off the station and walk towards the car park or the Tram.