When in Brussels: The Atomium

There is absolutely no way for skipping a visit to the Atomium, when in Brussels, Belgium. It’s like going to Paris and nog seeing the Eiffel tower. Let me quickly explain why this monument is so special. First of all, the shiny design of the Atomium is quite exceptional. Engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak based the 102 m (335 ft) tall project on nine iron atoms in the shape of the body-centered cubic unit cell of an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times. 

The Inside

Besides its striking appearance, the Atomium also holds some treasures for those who enter. Cause believe it or not, the atoms can be entered. How cool is that? During my visit I get the chance to see an exposition on Sabena, a former national airline. There are tons of outfits and pictures to enjoy from back in the day. To get to each atom you must take the stairs and the escalator. That on it’s own is quite spectacular.

The Tour

First you see the exhibition areas and after this you take an elevator upstairs, to the highest atom, to see the panoramic view or enjoy some food at the restaurant. Too bad it’s closed when I visit, I would have enjoyed some coffee with that view. The tour itself takes about 2 hours, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore the rest of Brussels after. You can for example get combination tickets with discount online when you’re planning to visit more than one museum that day. I went to Mini-Europe first and to the Atomium after.

  • The Atomium was only open till 5pm during weekend when I went, so make sure you check the updated opening hours here.
  • Wear comfy shoes when entering the building, I wore slippers and almost fell off the stairs at one point.