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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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Lodging Near Atomium

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Hotel Expo

Hotel Expo

Avenue Houba De Strooper 600, Brussels
3.6
of 5, from 83 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Brussels, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of King Baudouin Stadium, Atomium, and Mini-Europe. Bruparck and Brussels Expo are also within 15 minutes.

$97
Le Centenaire Brussels Expo

Le Centenaire Brussels Expo

Avenue Jean Sobieski 84, Brussels
1.8
of 5, from 4 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Brussels, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Heysel Park, Atomium, and Mini-Europe. Laeken Park and Bruparck are also within 15 minutes.

$88
ibis Brussels Expo-Atomium

ibis Brussels Expo-Atomium

Romeinse Steenweg 572, Brussels
3.0
of 5, from 13 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brussels Expo, Atomium, and Mini-Europe. Bruparck and King Baudouin Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$100
Hotel Iris Expo - Auberge van Strombeek

Hotel Iris Expo - Auberge van Strombeek

Temselaan 6, Grimbergen
2.5
of 5, from 29 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Strombeek-Bever, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brussels Expo, Atomium, and Mini-Europe. Bruparck and Heysel Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$54
Value Stay Brussels Expo Hotel

Value Stay Brussels Expo Hotel

Luitberg 1, Brussels
3.3
of 5, from 15 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Strombeek-Bever, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brussels Expo and Atomium. Mini-Europe is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

$61
Eurocap Hotel

Eurocap Hotel

Chaussee de Dieleghem 114-118, Brussels
3.0
of 5, from 41 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Jette, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Erasmus College, Mini-Europe, and Atomium. Basilica of the Sacred Heart and King Baudouin Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$119
Hotel Metropole

Hotel Metropole

31 Place de Brouckere, Brussels
4.1
of 5, from 1,207 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This grand and gracious building is a block from Brussels' Rue Neuve shops and 500 meters from Grand Place, the Chocolate Museum, and the Parc de Bruxelles.

2GO4 Quality Hostel Brussels City Center

2GO4 Quality Hostel Brussels City Center

Emile Jacqmainlaan 99, Brussels
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Broekwijk, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of City 2 Shopping Mall, Belgian Comic Strip Center, and La Grand Place. Cathedral of St. Michael and Manneken Pis Statue are also within 1 mi (2 km).