The Atomium (French: [atɔmjɔm], Dutch: [aːˈtoːmijəm]) is a landmark building in Brussels, Belgium, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair (Expo '58). It is located on the Heysel/Heizel Plateau in Laeken (northern part of the City of Brussels), where the exhibition took place. It is now a museum.
Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and the architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 metres (335 ft) tall. Its nine 18-metre-diameter (59 ft) stainless steel clad spheres are connected in the shape of a unit cell that could represent an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Tubes connecting the spheres enclose stairs, escalators and an elevator (in the central, vertical tube) to allow access to the six visitable spheres, which contain exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere includes a restaurant with a panoramic view of Brussels. The building was completely renovated between 2004 and 2006 by the companies Jacques Delens and BESIX.
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S Di | Feb 23, 2018
Atomium is a great experience. You'll get views of the city of Brussels like no other. Unfortunately that's pretty much all you get besides some history in atomic weapons, and the history of the structure. For the price of we adult (I believe €15 at the time) it's up to you to decide the value. I liked it for the photos alone, but can't imagine rating this as amazing.
Gordon Jack | Feb 19, 2018
Beautiful architectural wonder. Must see when visiting Brussels. Accessible via tram line. Even in the evening the views around the buildings and the park landscape is enjoyable for all ages to walk. The exhibition itself is worth a visit as well as coupling it with planned events at the expo a few minutes walk to the North
Apoorva Sheshagiri | Mar 1, 2018
Quite an experience! You will be taken to the rooftop which is the skyline view of the entire Brussels including the bird's eye view of the Mini Europe which is right next to the Atomium. Inside the atoms are paintings and the history behind the building and a bit of science stuff. The Magritte paintings are rare and unique. The atoms are connected by really nice escalators with different types of lightings. Overall nice place to visit.
John Witherspoon | Mar 1, 2018
Had the unique opportunity to visit the Atomium back in '58 during the World's Fair, so 60 years later was a nice afternoon event. The app for the audio tour worked great and walking up and down, pretty effortless. The lineup for the elevator was a little tedious although I was there in peak time, well worth it for the view. Interesting history of the US, Russia and the economic change about to happen.
Maleah Nelson | Jan 22, 2018
Awesome place to visit. Very interesting. I don't know how they constructed such an incredible piece of architecture at that time. The view from the top was beautiful... if only it wasn't such a cloudy day... worth a visit, just make you you have a couple of hours to spare.
Elena Boothman | Mar 21, 2018
Really amazing to see. Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Queues can be really long though and you can wait a long time for the lift to the viewing platform. Very easy to get to as it is on one of the metro lines although it is outside of the city centre
kofen chang | Mar 17, 2018
Amazing views. Line isn't bad and not too busy in there. Some art and stuffs to see. Elevator is fast and one escalator is pretty cool. We didn't try the restaurant there nor buy the pic from them. Even though it's a toursit trap, overall experience is still great. It's so impressive that this was built for the 1958 Brussels world's fair
Rae Lovell | Apr 4, 2018
Beautiful to see the outside of, but the line to get inside was insane. I would recommend getting tickets online. Though, even then the exhibits inside are not as interesting as the views from inside or the view from outside. It was quite crowded so I would recommend coming on an off day or during an off hour. It is often lit up beautifully at night. They do sell water, coffee, espresso, and canned mixed drinks in the cafe below.
Nadeem Batt | Mar 7, 2018
Fantastic place to have dinner. Amazing views and feels really special like you're in a spaceship. Could improve the tables and chairs to make them more suitable for dinning and a bit more classier. Menu and food are very good though, although pricey.
Christina Roed | Apr 10, 2018
This was not on my list of things I wanted to see on my day trip to Brussels. I usually try to stay away from cheese unless it's edible. However, I had finished what I wanted to do in the morning super fast and had about 2 hours to kill until I met with my tour group. I love taking the subway in new places and decided to make this trek because it's pretty far. And I have to say, this was not a terrible idea. At first, I was just going to walk around and take pictures of the building and the surrounding grounds (which must be absolutely beautiful in the summer when in full bloom) but I decided to take a look inside. I'm glad I did. As cheesy as the exhibition was, it was fascinating to be inside. The escalators were worth the expense themselves. There was also an interactive Rene Magritte exhibition going on at the time I came and I really really enjoyed that. Unexpected and fully delightful. The entrance ticket also came with an entrance to the ADAM which wasn't nearly as cool but hey I WAS trying to kill time...
Victoria Riddell | Apr 20, 2018
The Atomium is definitely a sight to see whilst in Brussels. Built in 1958 for the world fair it was only meant to stand for 6 months, yet became one of Brussels main attraction to date. You will be taken up in an elevator to the centre orb, there you will walk through the various exhibits. There are stairs and elevators that you will have to take to get to the top orb which has amazing views of Brussels as well as a restaurant. Getting back to the ground level is pretty cool, you ride through tunnels on escalators that put on a light show. There is a gift show that is quite small but has cool souvenirs. The Atomium can get quite busy so I would advise to plan your trip and purchase your tickets online. No back packs are allowed. There are lockers available to put your items while you tour the Atomium.
Vivek Shukla | May 6, 2018
Nice place to visit within in Brussels. Attractive architecture with great surrounding. The place is also very lively. This is just visit place in Brussels. The mini Europe which is first attention in Brussels is also 5 minutes of walk from here. Coffee option is also great and awesome view from the top.
Stefanie Adams | Apr 24, 2018
A must see in Brussels. We did not go up because there were just too many people. It gets busy here! You can see this, take pictures, and head out all within an hour really. Gift shop is fun too - lots of gifts and trinkets and old photos!
Giles Hutchings | May 31, 2018
Incredible building really worth seeing! We only had a day in Brussels and are very glad we went. I think it’s a lot better to go when the weather is nice, because you can get nicer pictures and see further with the views. The expo and museum tour included in the price is well worth the price - the rooms on Magritte were especially good.
John Painter | May 31, 2018
Way better than I expected. Pricing was reasonable. Fun imaging how amazing this structure and the surrounding World’s Fair must have been in 1958. The Rene Magritte exhibit inside was an added bonus. Want to do something touristy in Brussels? Put this on your list.
Ashish Kedia | May 24, 2018
It's the Marquee tourist destination of Brussels and it's not hard to see why! It's absolutely brilliant. People enthusiastic about science will find this really amazing. The tickets are reasonably priced. The food nearby is super expensive. There are couple of local parks nearby which ain't worth it in my opinion. Go there during evening so that you can enjoy both day time and night time view of the Atomium.
Paulo Vinicius Wolski Radtke | May 21, 2018
The structure is a landmark in Brussels, and probably one of the highlights of the expo 58. The engineering itself is impressive, and it's rather impressive to see it in person. The view is not as high add other towers, but given Brussels is mostly flat, 102m high is more than enough to see really far away. It's cool that there are four spheres to explore through escalators, and the one that has light effects is interesting to see. Admission ticket is fair priced, and the place is easily accessible through the subway, so I really recommend going there. Admission also includes access ti the ADAM, the design museum. There's also a package that grants access to the Mini Europe park close by, make sure to ask for it if you want it. Word of warning: as most tourist attractions in Belgium, this one closes at 6PM, and the won't allow anyone to go up after 5PM, so plan accordingly.
Rina Shah | May 25, 2018
A nice view, but otherwise not worth the overpriced admission. The viewing platform area is about 2 minutes of entertainment, longer if you eat at the restaurant (mains in the 20-40 euro range). The other exhibits are for people who are really into certain types of art, climbing stairs, and escalators with faux futuristic lights and sounds. They take your photo with some comic book character and grumpily try to sell it to you at the end. You have to pay to use bathrooms on the ground, are forced to pay for a storage locker rental because they deem your bag too large, and can only pay cash for food. I would opt for another tall building for the panoramic views and just come here to look at the structure from the outside, which is still impressive. And of course, go to Mini Europe!
Jason Leeming | Jun 18, 2018
Great experience. You can get amazing views of the Brussels skyline on a nice clear day. Learning about the history behind the Atomium and it's modern restoration is fascinating. Would recommend to everyone visiting Brussels. But, GET A TICKET IN ADVANCE. You can show it on your smartphone. I also recommend getting a ticket for the 10 AM tour. It gets really busy after that.
Debra Rand | Jul 18, 2018
Good way to spend a few hours, there is a fast lift to the top, not ideal if you don't like being squashed in but its only takes a few seconds, you have to take the lift you cannot walk up to the top, but it is managed by staff so is in an orderly fashion, the sight is amazing you can see for many miles. You can take the stairs and escalators to the other floors to look at various arts and the original plans/drawings of this attraction, and some old film footage of the attraction. Just to inform that there is quite a few stairs going up to other levels. At the ground level outside there is a snack /coffee shop and a perfect photo opportunity with this structure in the background.
Indira Vita | Aug 13, 2018
Go here in the morning so you can take a good picture in peace! only few tourist come in the morning! it is amazing place! there is a garden or a park around it to chill with family or friend. if you travel alone with public transportation, this place is very easy to reach!
Ruth Igual Mercader | Aug 7, 2018
The pros: A beautiful shining metallic structure with different little expositions, a glass viewpoint with very beautiful views of Brussels, and a restaurant at the top. A must see if you go to Brussels. The contras: If you go in summer in a sunny day, you will be inside a metallic structure not isolated, and without enough air conditioning. Small domestic fans are added. You will transpire as being at a sauna while you wait the 50 minutes queue to take the elevator, and if you feel dizzy, there are no chairs or benches to sit along the queue or around, not either at the expositions (but one) or the viewpoint. A woman who was at the queue felt unconscious, the personal of the Atomium brought a pair more fans, one of them to bring some air directly to her, and elevated her legs. The emergency services took 15 long minutes to arrive. If you are tempted to avoid the queue taking the scalators, they don't arrive to the top and more than half of the floors have normal metallic stairs. After visiting the exposition, if you want to go to the top, you will have to wait for the 50 minutes queue or have a reservation for the restaurant to show to the elevator assistant.
Rocky Gurung | Jul 23, 2018
Loved the Atomium. The Rene Magritte exhibition was great which is there only for a few days/months? The 360° city view from the top is priceless. Mini Europe is right next to it. Or you can go for a little peaceful stroll in the woods.
Dan Scott | Aug 4, 2018
Loved the Magritte temporary exhibit... Very well done! We wish there had been more interactive elements of the exhibits, though. The panoramic view was enjoyable too. Worth a trip in our family's opinion!
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