Atomium, a symbol of the 1958 World Fair (Expo 58) in Brussels, is neither a monument nor tower but consists of nine spheres and has a total of eight levels. One can visit five of the spheres and enjoy a panoramic view of the whole City of Brussels. It has a slogan “a world for a better life for mankind.”
Though this futuristic halfway-sculpture-and-architecture is situated near from HOUBA-BRUGMANN station of the metro line6, it’s difficult to get there. Atomium is surrounded by two parks with rich woodland, Parc d’Osseghem and Parc de Laeken, so it creates the illusion of appearing and disappearing within the next breath while walking. Though the center of Brussels has an urban atmosphere, all in all, it is abundant in nature. It would be convenient for tourists to use cars or bikes as far as appearances go. I found a lot of people who came by car that day.
Inside atomium, it was also as futuristic as the façade. You can enjoy not only for the view of Brussels but also its construction of it (and they have an exhibition).
I like this futuristic atmosphere, especially the escalator!
Atomium has a restaurant at the top, so I had Belgium beer, VEDETT.
In respect to the price of this restaurant, it is not budget-pleasing. But, in this restaurant, you can feel the neo-futuristic ambience and savor the panoramic view.
If you just want some rest, the terrace would be nice!
I was so pleased to look at atomium, because I was slightly bored of the greenery in Brussels…
I’m sure you wouldn’t regret a 15 minute walk all the way from the station to atomium if you don’t have a car.