Atomium is a unique icon in Brussels. A series if spherical structures, this building was constructed to represent an Iron Chrystal, enlarged by 165 billion times. Atomium was originally built for the World Fair of Brussels in 1958 (Expo 58). Designed as a temporary structure, its popularity made it a permanent attraction.
The Atomium is certainly a unique structure and is a far cry from the impressive buildings of Grand Place
, but has become a landmark in Brussels, and indeed Belgium.
Inside the Atomium
Today, Atomium has become one of the most visited attractions in the city. It can easily be reached from the city centre and local Brussels Hotels
. The building serves as both a museum and an events centre. Visitors must walk through the adjoining tubes to enter each sphere. The aid of an audio guide is available in 27 official languages. The spheres contain permanent and temporary exhibitions. The permanent exhibition documents Expo 58. Children can also enjoy the Kids’ Sphere, a successful educational based project.
Climb to the uppermost sphere and be stunned by the 360 degree panorama view of the beautiful city of Brussels where visitors can dine in the Panorama Restaurant. By night, Atomium is transformed and lit up by almost 3000 lights. At the foot of the Atomium, stands Mini-Europe. The fun-filled park takes visitors on a whirlwind visit around over 300 miniature models of Europe’s most famous landmarks.
Staying at Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi
The Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi is situated in the city centre of Brussels, next to the famous Gare du Midi train station. This modern Brussels accommodation ideally places its guests for convenient access to attractions all over Brussels, such as Atomium and Mini-Europe.