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Atomium
Holiday Travel Guide

This quirky architectural structure in Brussels is a much-loved symbol of the city.

Soaring more than 90 metres into the air, this relic of the 1958 World’s Fair at the Heysel Exhibition Park is now Brussels’ most famous modern structure. Intended to celebrate the local steel industry, “the Eiffel Tower of Brussels” represents an iron crystal, magnified 160 billion times.

The Atomium was not intended to survive beyond the World’s Fair, but like the Eiffel Tower, its popularity has ensured its survival. Today, the structure is the most popular attraction in Brussels, drawing around 550,000 visitors a year, who enjoy the panoramic views across the city and beyond offered from its spheres. Four of the Atomium’s upper spheres are open to the public. One of these spheres houses a restaurant, while the others hold permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Admire the magnificence of the Atomium as you approach it from the southeast via the Ossegempark. It is situated in the northwest corner of this picturesque park. You will find the best photo opportunities on the promenade that borders the park.

Inside the Atomium, you can reach the upper spheres via escalator. Make sure you take time to visit the permanent exhibition “Atomium: from symbol to icon”, which is spread over 3 floors. Through photos, brochures, and stories from the World’s Fair, it tells the history of the structure. At the exhibition, you can also find out more about how the structure was created. Temporary exhibitions are held in one of the other spheres.

If you get hungry, take the central elevator to the highest sphere, the panorama, which is home to a restaurant with 360-degree views across the city. The a la carte menu offers both local and international dishes at reasonable prices. Don't forget to book in the evening. Even if you are not hungry, it's worth heading up to the panorama level for the fantastic views.

The Atomium is situated in Ossegempark and can be reached by car or metro. Paid parking is available in the streets nearby. It is open every day and an admission fee is charged.

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ibis Brussels Expo-Atomium
ibis Brussels Expo-Atomium
3 out of 5
Romeinse Steenweg 572, Brussels
The price is NZ$117 per night from 11 Dec. to 12 Dec.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels Expo and Mini-Europe. Atomium is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away. Esplanade ...

3.7/5Good! (218 reviews)
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"The bedroom was very cold as the heating wasn't working. A small portable heater was included in the room but it was too noisy to keep on. The towels also hadn't been cleaned probably and were still dirty."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jan. 2020

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Onyx Expo Brussels
Onyx Expo Brussels
Avenue Houba de Strooper, 34, Brussels, Région BRUXELLES
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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. Stade ...

3.3/5 (34 reviews)

"The hotel does not correspond to theprice pail. Bad quality.Water is full of limestome No windows.Hotel.com should not advise."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2020

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Le Centenaire Brussels Expo
Le Centenaire Brussels Expo
2 out of 5
Avenue Jean Sobieski 84, Brussels
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Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Heysel Park, Atomium and Mini-Europe. Brussels Expo is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away. Centenaire Tram ...

2.7/5 (35 reviews)

"Not great. Didn’t seem that clean and the room smelled of cigarettes. Not pleasant."…"

Reviewed on 8 Feb. 2020

Le Centenaire Brussels Expo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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ibis Brussels Expo-Atomium
ibis Brussels Expo-Atomium
3 out of 5
Romeinse Steenweg 572, Brussels
The price is NZ$117 per night from 11 Dec. to 12 Dec.
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Onyx Expo Brussels
Onyx Expo Brussels
Avenue Houba de Strooper, 34, Brussels, Région BRUXELLES
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Le Centenaire Brussels Expo
Le Centenaire Brussels Expo
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Avenue Jean Sobieski 84, Brussels
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Hotel Auberge van Strombeek
3 out of 5
Temselaan 6, Strombeek-Bever, Grimbergen
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Europea Brussels Expo Garden House
Europea Brussels Expo Garden House
3.5 out of 5
204 Rue Jan Bogemans, Wemmel
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Eurocap Hotel
Eurocap Hotel
2 out of 5
Chaussee de Dieleghem 114-118, Brussels
The price is NZ$103 per night from 1 Jan. to 2 Jan.
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Guest House Heysel Atomium
Guest House Heysel Atomium
2.5 out of 5
143 Rue Stéphanie, Brussels, Bruxelles
Guest House Heysel Atomium
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