Visit to the Atomium in Brussels: timetables, prices and advice

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The Atomium can be considered as the "Tour Eiffel" of Brussels. It was the main pavilion and the symbol ofUniversal Exhibition in Brussels of 1958, and still today it is the greatest symbol of the city.
102 meters high, this imposing structure represents a iron molecule.

Index

  1. Hours and prices
  2. Online tickets and guided tours
  3. What to see and how to visit the Atomium
  4. Where is it and how to get there
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Hours and prices

  • every day 10: 00-18: 00
  • Best time to avoid queues: early in the morning and lunchtime
  • € 16,00 - buy online
  • Reductions: over 65 € 13,00; minors, students and people with disabilities € 8,00
  • Free: Children (<115 cm) and people with reduced mobility

Online tickets and guided tours

What to see and how to visit the Atomium

Once the ticket has been stamped it is possible to visit five of the nine spheres overall, moving from one to the other thanks to the escalators that connect them. The highest of the spheres is a vantage point, and allows you to see a good part of the city of Brussels.

Inside each sphere there are re-propositions of the other architectures that were put on display during the Universal Exposition, temporary exhibitions and a set of videos. It is also possible to access an area dedicated to children and a cafeteria.




Where is it and how to get there

The property is located inside the Heysel park, precisely in Square de l'Atomium. Below are indications on how to get there by main means.


  • On foot: Get directions
  • Tram: Heysel, line 51
  • By bus: Heysel, lines 84 and 88
  • By metro: Heysel, line 6

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance before the opening of the structure, or around lunchtime. Avoid the 16pm time slot, which is usually very crowded
  2. Buy the city card: if you are interested in visiting other museums or attractions in the city, you can buy the Brussels Card
  3. Minimum time: we advise you to consider a minimum of 1 hour for the visit

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

The Atomium is located in the Heysel park in Brussels. It is a steel construction that represents the 9 atoms of a unit cell of an iron crystal: a reference to the sciences and uses of the atom. It was built for the 1958 Expo, was designed by the architect André Waterkeyn, and was supposed to last six months. The monument has a total height of 102 meters. The spheres, which have a diameter of 18 meters, are connected by escalators and stairs from which, through windows and portholes, it is possible to look at the other spheres or the panorama below. If the climatic conditions prevent the view of the panorama from the highest sphere, the Atomium is equipped with computers capable of digitizing the external environment.




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