This huge iconic metal structure looks and feels very much like a spaceship! I certainly felt like I was walking into a space-wonder. The escalator is an amazing experience but there are also a lot of stairs to climb…so, if you have restricted mobility, this may not be a place for you. 

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The Atomium, Brussels

The Atomium is 102 metres tall and has 9 “space-balls” of 18 metres in diameter, connected with each other at 30 metres in distance, forming one unit cell. It is made of solidified molecules of iron, magnified 160 billion times!

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Atomium – a closer look at the solidified molecules of iron shaped into this magical spheres.

Our experience here was unique. The metal stairs can be a challenge but equally an experience to add to an “inside aircraft” kind of a feel. The metal spheres are connected and you can experience “time-travel” when taking the escalators. There is an interactive exhibition for you to enjoy. One of the “space-balls” has a colourful light-show with electronic music where you can practice your dance-steps and imagine that you are in a night club. A viewing gallery is located on the lower deck, which offers good panoramic views over Brussels. I personally felt that the “space-balls” offered more of an experience and fun. The upper deck offers a sit-in restaurant.  

My highlight was the panoramic restaurant on the Upper Sphere (Level 8) – a dining experience with breath-taking views over Brussels – the “specialness” was looking out of the space-like windows! 😊 

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View from the Panoramic restaurant.

The restaurant is spread over two-floors and linked by an internal staircase. If you intend to dine, prior booking is highly recommended because there are only 80 seating available. 

If you do not want a dining experience, there is a café on the ground level. 

The Atomium offers unique experiences for children and for adults. Schools can hire one of the “space-balls” for children to have a unique experience in “space” – it has spherical beds! It is open for private hire for seminars, conferences, cocktail parties or galas. 

Useful information:

The ticket price for the Atomium includes entry to the permanent and temporary exhibitions and the viewing deck.

Tours – You might also be interested in the following tours that I have selected which provides good value for money by Viator.




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  1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Christy. The Atomium is rather different and makes a nice short trip from the City centre – hope you will visit soon. 🙂

  2. This looks like an incredible place to visit — the view from the top looks amazing! We have not made it to Brussels YET!) but your post adds one more thing to visit there and might move up a few spaces now! Great post!

  3. Thank you so much for your lovely feedback and encouraging comments, Estelle. I really do appreciate that you too, will enjoy the time travel lift and the panoramic restaurant. I am sure that your visit to the Atomium will be a memorable one.

  4. Wow! I’ve never visited an Atomium. This sounds like a fun novel experience. Plus I have never been to Brussels. Two great reasons why I should visit. The two things I’d like to really experience would be the time travel lift and the panoramic restaurant. And thanks for all your great tips.

  5. Thank you” Really appreciate your positive comments. The Atomium is definitely worth a visit and the restaurant – prior booking recommended.

  6. The Atomium is definitely worth a visit when you visit Brussels. The restaurant is quite a nice experience 🙂 Thank you so much for your lovely comments.

  7. So much useful information in this post! 🙂 I have only seen the “Atom” from the outside as time didn’t permit a our throughout – so have it on “my list” for next time in Brussels. What a spectacular view from the restaurant! A great read.

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