The Atomium in Brussels, Belgium

The Atomium

The Atomium is a steel construction in Brussels that has 9 spheres. However, the spheres are (interestingly) not made from steel but are made from aluminium. Together, the spheres form the cubical crystal structure of iron. The structure is magnified 165 billion times. 5 of the 9 Spheres are usually open for the public. The Atomium was build in 1958 for the Brussels world exposition (Expo ’58), and has been restored between 2004 and 2006.

Picture: Atomium front view Picture: Atomium close up

Facts about the Atomium

  • Height: 102 meters
  • Sphere diameter: 18 meters
  • Length of the tubes: 26 meters
  • Diameter of the Base pavilion: 26 meters
  • Total mass today: 2,500,000 kilograms​
Picture: Atomium architecture  Picture: Atomium architecture 

In the first sphere you enter, you find several displays that show the old architecturals design concepts and blue prints. It is really nice to wander around and see how the Atomium was build (that is… if you are into architecture).


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Picture: Atomium stairs Picture: Atomium sleep spheres 

As in life, one sphere leads to another. The are connected with very long tubes. Most have an escalator, but some you just need to climb up the stairs! But the view from the top sphere is amazing.. Very well worth the effort. In another Sphere, the organization regularely hosts sleeping over parties. The sphere has beds in the form of spheres too. Pretty fun!

Picture: Atomium art Picture: Atomium view

What is also a spectacular view is watching the Atomium by night!


Practical information

Adress: Square de l’Atomium / Atomiumsquare, B 1020 Bruxelles – Brussels

Contact information: info@atomium.be – T. +32 (0)2 475 47 75

To visit the website for opening hours and current entree fees, click HERE!


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