Mini Europe is great, but it is not open everyday in winter, so check before you go. You can see alot of the exhibits in Mini Europe from the atomium any way, but the windows aren't the clearest.
Atomium is well worth a visit anyway, Very dated inside, but I thought this was a good thing.
Light wise its good for an afternoon shot from grass halfway up to the other Expo building.
There are a number of places to eat nearby, indoors and outdoors.
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. It honoured the metal and iron industry and the belief in the atomic power. The architect was Andr? Waterkeyn. It took 18 months to conceive and another 18 months to construct. The monument is coated with aluminum, weighs 2,400 tons and is 102 meters high. Each sphere has a diameter of 18 meters. An elevator takes visitors to the upper sphere where one can enjoy a panoramic view of the Heysel area and (if the weather is good) the city of Brussels. There is also a good buffet-restaurant (Chez Adrienne) in the upper sphere (which wasn't open when I was there). In the other spheres expositions are organized. They can be visited by means of escalators. In the coming years the monument will undergo cleaning and restoration.
Visit my travelogue for a more personal account of the Atomium.
Sept. to March: 10 am till 5.30 pm, April to August: 9 am till 7.00 pm.
Admission (prices are in euros):
Adults: 6 per person, Children (under 12): 3.
Groups (as from 20 persons): 4,50 per adult person, 2,50 per child under 12.
Senior citizens: 4,50.
Prices may change, so visit the website.
Probably one of Brussels most well known features is the Atomium, visible for miles around by any visitor arriving in the city. Located next to the leisure park, Brupark on which it casts its giant shadow, this 65 million times enhanced model of an iron atom has faced the tooth of times ever since it was erected as a part of the 1958 world exposition. Nowadays some of the spheres can be visited. For 2005 a big change is planned , including a kid's world in one of them. After having been rocketed up to the 92 meters high top sphere in 23 seconds, you go back down in the elevator till the center sphere, from where you can go down at your own pase by way of escalators, one of which is the last remaining original one from '58 (now out of order for safety reasons) and stairwells. Along the way you will encounter expositions and all kinds of media material partaining to the monument, it's erection and it's history.
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. It honoued the metal and iron industry and the belief in the atomic power. The architect was Andry WATERKEYN.
An elevator takes visitors to the upper sphere where one can enjoy a panoramic view of the Heysel area and (if the weather is good) the city of Brussels
The Atomium was built in 1958 for the World Fair and is about 102 m (335 ft) high. You can enter the tubes and the spheres.
Be sure that you arrive the Atomium before 6 pm. We came at 6.15 pm and were not allowed to enter. That was very frustrating.
The atomium was built for the world exhibition of 1958.The year that I was born so you can call me an expo child.I've been there in 1958 ,don't know anything about the visit because I wasn't born yet.It has become a landmark for Brussels and Belgium.Nowadays it is undergoing a big renovation.
The world-exposition 1935 didn't only leave the Atomium, but an enormous collection of halls and buidlings. Later added was the Heizel-stadion, infamous for it's tragedy when parts of the tribunes collapsed during a big football-match (80-ies). Now-a-days the stadion is renewed. Furthermore there is one of the largest cinema's in Europe and the funny Mini-Europe, a scale-model-park of many European "trademarks" (little bit stolen idea from Madurodam, but still rather nice to visit on a quite afternoon in Brussels and after visiting everything else).
The Atomium is now-a-days one of the symbols of Brussels. Like the Eiffeltower in Paris, it is a leftover from a world-exhibition and represents the timeframe of the atom in combination with the popular buildingmaterial: iron. It is actually a iron-molecule enlarged many thousand times. Around the strange building with it's huge balls one finds the Expo ... a collection of enormous exposition-buildings that house temporare fairs etc.
Is it difficult to define a metallic bond within this
architecture, but less forget about details. If each ball is an atom of Iron, the escalators joining ball to ball become the bonds. Hence, the kids her are travelling throug a bond.
Have ever said in public that Bond_Girl is the most beautiful girl in VT? No? So there...
But this weird structure (annathrax dixit) is beuatiful seen from afar. Any materials scientist will recognize it inmediately, nnot because it profession but because the atomium appeared in even the Adventures of Quintin. Hey do you know about the adventures Quintin, don't you?
This is an universal custom. In Japan, you will see the faces showing up from Cardboard Samurai and Geisha. In the atomium, of course. But can you imagine how it could be in the fountain of "the pissing kid" in Brussels? Hey,
I have an idea...
This monument was created for the World Expedition of 1958 and 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. The monument is coated with aluminum, weighs 2.400 tons and is 102 meters high.
An elevator takes visitors to the upper sphere where one can enjoy a panoramic view of the Heysel area.
From the city centre you can easily access this district by metro.