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Who hasn´t seen it already on photos...: the strange building is still the icon of Brussels. It shows an enlargement (165 million times) of an iron crystal atom. Each ball represents one of the nine provinces, weighs 200 tons and have a diameter of 18 meters.
The building is a product made for the world exhibition of 1958, the first one after WW II. Although I heard a lot of critics about the state the huge atom was in, I personally thought that it looked really good. I also heard that authorities are trying to collect money to renovate Brussels´ symbol and to make it nice and shiny again.
Going up with the elevator to the highest sphere will provide you with a wonderful view of the Heysel district and a large part of Brussels.
Address: Eeuwfeestlaan/ Boulevard du Centenaire 1020
Directions: Heysel area
Phone: +32 (0)2 475 47 77
At the foot of the Atomium nestles MINI-EUROPE: a collection of 300 scale models of Europe’s finest buildings, the tiniest details of which are reproduced fully to scale (1/25) with stunning precision. At the weekends during the summer months, this authentic collection of architecture in miniature is also open at night: modern techniques have enabled exact reproductions of lightning that convey all the subtle charms of the original. From spring 2000, visitors can also enjoy an interactive game centred around the theme of Europe.
Directions: 1, avenue the Football / Voetballaan within the Bruparck complex at 1020 Brussels (Laeken).
Admission: 420 BEF (10.41 €), 250 BEF (6.2 €): children aged 12 and under.
Another landmark of Bruxelles - few people do not notice it. I did notice. The construction looks very impressive because... it's so strange. And I mean that!
That's a physics' model of an atom (the name suggests it, I know!) but enlarged just... 165 bln of times! But what impressed me most was the idea to house exhibitions inside the spheres of the constriction - bravo! Very original idea!
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THE ATOMIUM This monument from 1958 has become the Eiffel Tower of Brussels. The Atomium is the visual representation of the concept of an "atom". It symbolizes an elementary iron crystal with its 9 atoms and magnified 150 billion times.
This is the Atomium.
You can climb it up and have a beautiful view (well...actually I didn't go 'cos
I had spent all my money at the Mini Europe lol!)
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You might want to visit the famous Atomium which was built for the 1958 World Exhibition. It is located right outside Brussels in Heizel/Bruparck. You can get here by metro or tram. I would definitely suggest metro. I've made the mistake once to go by tram and ended up sitting in a warm & sticky tram for over 45 minutes. The metro will take you there in much less time!
This symbol of Brussels is a reminder of the 1958 International Exhibition.
The Atomium represents the structure of an elementary ironchristal.
The building exists of 9 spheres and is 102 meters high. The spheres have a diameter of 18 meter and are conected with eachother by steal tubes.
Visitors can use the escalatores in the tubes to travel from one sphere to another.
There is a restaurant in the highest sphere. It has a beautiful view of Brussels.
There is an exhibition in one of the other spheres.
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Tram: 18 or 81
Designed by Andre Waterkeyn and built for the 1958 World Fair, the Atomium is Brussels best known architectural landmark and symbol. Arriving by tram to Heysel, the first glimpse of this extraordinary structure looming in the distance is a surreal and memorable experience. It stands 102 metres and comprises nine 18m spheres joined by tubes which represent a crystallised molecule of iron. The world's fastest lift (in 1958) takes you straight to the top where you can look out over Brussels including the Mini-Europe attraction which is laid out below.
Address: Heysel by tram, bus or metro
Visit the Atomium. The Atomium is the most original monument in Belgium.
A symbol of the spirit of science commemorated during the Universal Exhibition of 1958, it depicts an iron molecule that has been magnified 165 billion times.
Its perfect form has made it a collector’s item that is reproduced all over the world in everything up to and including Venetian glass.
For those with a head for heights, a lift climbs 100 meter and provides direct access to the structure’s uppermost sphere. From here, you can enjoy a view across the entire Centenaire complex and beyond.
For car freaks... oops, I mean - car enthusiasts, you MUST visit the Autoworld Museum here at Parc du Cinquantenaire>.
Most of the cars that you'll see in this museum came from the vast automobile collections of Ghislain Mahy and Charly De Pauw. And I'm referring to the more than 400-vehicles collection found inside this place! You can also catch a glimpse of several foreign cars from countries like - the United States of America, Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. Specially-made cars which belonged to the Belgian Royal Family and to US Presidents like Franklin Roosevelt and John F Kennedy are also put on display here.
This is exactly what Brussels needed -- a unifying symbol of its presence in the world community. The Atomium is more than just an oversized abstract sculpture. For a city that sees itself as Paris 2.0, this is Brussels' Eiffel Tower. Something large, geometric, and symbolic. And like the Eiffel Tower this, too, is a relic from a past World's Fair. The Atomium is an iron molecule magnified 165,000,000,000 times and turned into a huge building. Inside there are restaurants, shops, museums and an observation deck. Each of its nine spheres are sixty feet across. The connecting tubes are 10-feet wide, and the overall height of the atom is 335 feet. Getting from one pod to another is a simple process of playing connect the dots by climbing or descending staircases through the tubes. When it was first built, people who saw the Atomium say it gleamed in the sunlight. It doesn't appear to have been cleaned since then. The steel beams and spheres have become blotched and coated with soot, grime, and who knows what. It is still possible to take a photograph without the blemishes showing up, but you have to go quite a distance away.
Directions: Location: Boulevard du Centenaire, on the outskirts of Brussels.
The Atomium is one of Europe's most recognisable monuments, massive structure, shaped like a complex molecule. If I remember right there are loads of demonstrations on physics and chemistry.
Directions: Visible from much of Brussells
The Atomium is a large iron crystal molecule at the Parc des Exposition. There is a lift which takes you to the top, where there is a restaurant and a great view of the city.
Address: Blvd. du Centenaire, BruPark
Directions: Metro: Heizel/Heysel
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Address: Blvd. du Centenaire, BruPark
Directions: Metro: Heizel/Heysel
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