The Atomium

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Dodomyte on June 30, 2003

The Atomium was built in 1958 for the Universal Exhibition held in Brussels that year. The name is actually a misnomer, since the building is representative of a metal molecule, made up of 9 atoms connected together. It is visible from most parts of the city due to its large size and location in the northern part of the city.

You ride to the top of the structure, after the obligatory tourist photo, in Europe's fastest elevator. At the top, you have a 360 degree view of the city. Unfortunately, the windows are so cloudy, you can't get a decent picture of anything with your cameras. After the stop at the top, you take the elevator back down part of the way and get off in one of the balls. You then take either the stairs or escalators into the other balls which have different exhibits about the history of the Atomium or the future developments that are planned. The inside was pretty strange with weird music and drawings that didn't make much sense. Most of the info was in English, but there were a few things that were only in French or Dutch which may have explained some of the oddities a little better.

We weren't particularly impressed by the Atomium, but it's one of those things that you have to do since it's so popular and well-known. To skip it would be like going to Seattle and not going up in the Space Needle. We got a package deal with admission to Mini-Europe for 15.50 euro per person. The price is a little steep, but worth it if you do some of the other activities in the park.

Atomium Square
Brussels, Belgium, 1020
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