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Atomium

The strangest piece of architecture in Brussels is a series of steel spheres that can be seen from across the city. The site houses a restaurant and museum.

The Atomium is one of the most recognizable structures in Brussels, and one of the strangest. The futuristic steel building features nine stainless steel balls connected by large metal tubes to resemble an iron crystal. It was originally constructed as the centerpiece for Belgium’s 1958 World Expo. Today, the newly renovated Atomium can be seen from across town or photographed from below in the beautiful Ossegempark. The public can visit four of the Atomium’s upper spheres. One of the spheres contains a restaurant while others contain permanent exhibitions. The Atomium is the most popular attraction in Brussels and will appeal to families, history enthusiasts and those with an appreciation for innovative design.

Approach the Atomium from the southeast to appreciate its stature against the beautiful surroundings of Ossegempark. The Atomium is located at the park’s northwest corner. The best photo opportunities can be found on the promenade that flanks the park.

Once you reach the Atomium, take an escalator to reach the upper spheres. Visit the permanent Expo 58 exhibition and learn about the story behind its creation. While an engineer designed the outside, the inside is the work of two Belgian interior architects. The apartment-sized spheres are spacious and otherworldly. Photographs, brochures and stories from the Expo appear throughout the exhibition. Another sphere hosts revolving temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

Take the central elevator to reach the topmost sphere, home to a panoramic restaurant. Enjoy stunning views across the city as you order from the restaurant’s a la carte menu. International fare and Belgian classics are offered at reasonable prices. Reservations are needed only in the evening.

The Atomium is located on the edge of Ossegempark and can be reached by car or metro. Streets surrounding the complex have paid parking. The Atomium is open daily and there is a modest admission fee.


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Le Centenaire Brussels Expo $65
Le Centenaire Brussels Expo

Le Centenaire Brussels Expo

Avenue Jean Sobieski 84, Brussels
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Heysel Park and Atomium. Brussels Expo and King Baudouin Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Houba-Brugmann Station is 7 minutes by foot and Stuyvenbergh Station is 8 minutes.

    Onyx Expo Brussels $63
    Onyx Expo Brussels

    Onyx Expo Brussels

    Avenue Houba de Strooper, 34, Brussels, Région BRUXELLES
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Brussels, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of King Baudouin Stadium and Mini-Europe. Atomium and Brussels Expo are also within 15 minutes. King Baudouin Station is 5 minutes by foot and Houba-Brugmann Station is 6 minutes.

      Hotel Expo
      Hotel Expo

      Hotel Expo

      Avenue Houba De Strooper 600, Brussels
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Brussels, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of King Baudouin Stadium, Atomium, and Brussels Expo. Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium and Heysel Park are also within 15 minutes. King Baudouin Station is only a 3-minute walk and Houba-Brugmann Station is 8 minutes.

        ibis Brussels Expo-Atomium $103
        ibis Brussels Expo-Atomium

        ibis Brussels Expo-Atomium

        Romeinse Steenweg 572, Brussels
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, Atomium, and Brussels Expo. King Baudouin Stadium is 1 mi (1.5 km) away. Heysel Station is 11 minutes by foot and King Baudouin Station is 13 minutes.

          Hotel Auberge van Strombeek
          Hotel Auberge van Strombeek

          Hotel Auberge van Strombeek

          Temselaan 6, Strombeek-Bever, Grimbergen
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Grimbergen, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Brussels Expo and Atomium. King Baudouin Stadium is 1 mi (1.7 km) away. Heysel Station is 13 minutes by foot and King Baudouin Station is 17 minutes.

            Value Stay Brussels Expo Hotel $48
            Value Stay Brussels Expo Hotel

            Value Stay Brussels Expo Hotel

            Luitberg 1, Strombeek-Bever, Grimbergen, Brussels
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Heysel Park, Atomium, and Brussels Expo. Mini-Europe and King Baudouin Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km). Esplanade Tram Stop is 9 minutes by foot and De Wand Tram Stop is 16 minutes.

              Brussels Expo Jette 1090 Near Downtown
              Brussels Expo Jette 1090 Near Downtown

              Brussels Expo Jette 1090 Near Downtown

              Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Brussels, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium and King Baudouin Stadium. Atomium and Brussels Expo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Jette Station is 13 minutes by foot and Houba-Brugmann Station is 18 minutes.

                Europea Brussels Expo Garden House
                Europea Brussels Expo Garden House

                Europea Brussels Expo Garden House

                204 Rue Jan Bogemans, Wemmel
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Wemmel, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of King Baudouin Stadium, Mini-Europe, and Atomium. Brussels Expo is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away. King Baudouin Station is 14 minutes by foot and Arbre Ballon - Dikke Beuk is 18 minutes.