Price guide: Mid-range

Boulevard du Centenaire, Brussels, 1020

Price guide: Mid-range

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Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery

Expert review of Atomium

Brussels's answer to the Eiffel Tower.

Brussels’s defining landmark is a set of silver balls! Built for the 1958 World Expo, the 102 metre-high sculpture — that replicates an iron molecule magnified 165 million times— was never intended to be permanent. However, the structure has become such a familiar fixture on the Brussels skyline, that 27.5 million euros was raised to fund its renovation in 2006. It now includes a new ‘Kids World’, exhibition centre, and — at the very top — a restaurant and panoramic viewing station with interactive screens pointing out the various landmarks on the horizon.

Price advice: 

Adults 11 euros; children under 6 free, 6—11 6 euros, 12—18 8 euros; combined tickets including Mini Europe are also available.

It costs 4 vouchers from The Must of Brussels booklet (see Brussels insider tips) to gain free entry.

Expert tips: 
The structure is at its most beautiful when night falls and small white lights spread across the surface of the spheres are switched on, illuminating the sci-fi structure to beautiful effect.

More information on Atomium:

Price guide:
Landmark / monument
Boulevard du Centenaire, Brussels, 1020
+32 2 475 47 72
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon—Sun 10am—6pm; ticket office closes at 5.30pm.

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