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Atomium, Brussels

Atomium, Brussels (must see)

The Atomium is a 102 meter (335 feet) high monument designed by André Waterkeyn for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. It is the only structure from the 1958 Expo that remains standing today. Composed of nine steel spheres, the monument represents a unit cell of an iron crystal if it was magnified 165 billion times. Each sphere is approximately 18 meters (59 feet) in diameter. The tubes connecting the nine spheres contain escalators that carry visitors to various exhibit halls and spaces. The design was meant to signify the science era of the time in a modern manner and also to send a message about using science for peaceful instead of violent purposes. Originally designed to only stand for six months, it became a symbol of not only the World’s Fair but also of Brussels and modern architecture. The structure underwent a renovation in 2004 to overhaul the monument’s steel frame and to replace the triangular aluminum sheets on the spheres with stainless steel. The old sheets were cut up and sold as a fundraising effort for the monument. This is one of the most-visited attractions in Brussels. The restaurant on the top sphere provides some nice city views and photo opportunities.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the only places you can get a panoramic view over the city.
The inside still has the '50s retro look with interesting memorabilia from the era.

Tip:
Buy tickets online if the ticket line is long – they'll scan your ticket from your phone and you'll have one less line to stand in.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour of Brussels, Belgium within the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Please download the app to your mobile phone or tablet for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Sight Name: Atomium
Sight Location: Brussels, Belgium
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

Walking Tours in Brussels, Belgium

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles

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