The capital of European bureaucracy has many interesting places to visit and the Atomium is one of them
An icon of Brussels, the Atomium is an impressive structure that was built on the occasion of the 1958 Universal Exposition held in the Belgian capital as a symbol of the will and desire for peace of all countries.
The technical and scientific progress represented at that time by atomic energy forged the idea of building a structure representing an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. It consists of nine spheres connected to each other, each of them 18 meters in diameter, and of which the highest is 102 meters high so it is not difficult to imagine the views that are obtained from it.
How to get to the Atomium
Located in the district of Heysel, in the Cinquantenaire Park, where you can also find the Mini Europe, the Bruparc or the King Baudouin soccer stadium, is about 45 minutes walk from the Grand Place, so the best way to get to the Atomium is to do it by metro or tramway.
– By metro
Take metro line 6 and get off at the Heysel stop. The metro runs from 5.30 a.m. (Sundays and holidays at 6 a.m.) until midnight. Every 10 minutes, more or less, there is a subway.
– By tramway
The line to take is No. 51, stopping at Bruparck. The streetcar schedule is similar to that of the metro, and it takes about 30 minutes to get there from the center of Brussels.
Visiting the Atomium
The visit is not easy because of the stairs, and it is a bit strange to walk through the corridors that interconnect it. It can be done individually or in group, but in any case it is advisable to hire an audio guide to follow in detail the history of this monument and how much you can see in each of the spheres.
It has a permanent exhibition that can be visited in spheres 1 and 2, and in the panoramic one, No. 7. This exhibition shows the history of the Atomium from the 1950s to the present day, with historical photographs, videos and memorabilia of the time. On level 7, there is also information about different buildings in Brussels. The other spheres are usually reserved for temporary exhibitions.
Place de l’Atomium 1 – Atomiumplein 1. 1020 Brussels, Belgium.
– Opening hours
Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
On December 24 and 31 it is open from 10 am to 4 pm.
On December 25 and January 1 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.
Adults, from 18 to 64 years old included: 16 €.
Over 64 years old: 14 €.
Children over 115 cm. tall and under 18 years old: 8,50 €.
Children under 115 cm.: Free.
Disabled persons: 8,50
Students (with student card): 8,50 €.
– Buy tickets for the Atomium
You can get information and buy your ticket here.