Atomium

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Atomium

The Atomium is described on its website as a mythical building from the 1958 world expo. The curious structure can be seen from a distance in many parts of Brussels. The building is a large model of a single cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times, 5 of its 9 spheres (each 60 ft or 18 meters in diameter) housing exhibit spaces, a viewing point overlooking Brussels, and more. The massive structure stands 335 ft (102 m) tall.

Kids can enjoy moving around through the various exhibits and the light display in the escalator that returns them to the main entrance and exit space. One sphere is designed by Alicia Framis and is reserved for children and schools. Free admission for children under the age of 12 accompanied by an adult.

One could easily combine a visit to the Atomium with visits to Mini Europe, Oceade (water park), Parc de Laeken and the convention center.


    • This place is good for

    • Little kids
      (2-5)
      33%
    • Grade schoolers
      (6-9)
      67%
    • Tweens
      (10-13)
      67%
    • Teens
      (14-18)
      100%
    • Everyone
      (0-100)
      33%
    • Children with
      special needs
      0%
    • Recommended length

    • Up to 1 hour
      33%
    • 1-3 hours
      67%
    • Half a day
      0%
    • Full day
      0%
    • A day is not enough
      0%
    • Price

    • Free
      33%
    • $
      0%
    • $$
      67%
    • $$$
      0%

      Features confirmed by parents

      • Parking on-site
      • Access by public transportation
      • Available discounts
      • English available
      • Kid's party facilities
      • Restaurant or food for purchase
      • Restrooms

Reviews (3)

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    Hania28

    Poland, Warsaw, Poland

    Fine but not sure worth the money

    Reviewed 20 November 2016

    Not as impressive inside as it is outside. The view is nice and the ride on illuminated escalator is pretty cool but there is not much more there to do especially for the little kids. It's not a cheap activity so if you have little kids in tow it makes more sense to take them to the nearby Little Europe. This is a personal opinion of a KiddieMundo user.

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    lcalzolai

    USA, California

    Atomium - not such a thrill

    Reviewed 14 November 2016

    This was a bit of a disappointment. The lines are long to get to the top of the Atomium. I frankly did not think there was much to visit other than going to the top to see the view. There is restaurant at the bottom and a gift shop. My daughter who is five was not very interested in anything there except getting to the top. I would recommend this for older kids or, get their early, get to the top and then move on to other sites.This is a personal opinion of a KiddieMundo user.

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    Wanderer

    USA

    The most iconic thing you've never heard of about Brussels - makes it a must see, but maybe just from outside.

    Reviewed 08 November 2016

    When I thought of Brussels before living there, my common associations were the mannequin pis statue, the Grande Place square, the EU quarter, and of course mussels, waffles, frites, chocolate and beer. I moved there to discover that there are images and replicas of the Atomium everywhere. (How did I not remember this from my several previous visits?) The ubiquitous nature of the image and its status as a symbol of Brussels makes a visit somewhat obligatory. The good thing is that there are interesting and worthwhile attractions close by, so you won't be making the trek out to this neighborhood just to see this large oddity. We found it curious to visit inside and the kids did seem to have a good time checking out the few exhibits and moving through the arms that connect the giant spheres. The view of Brussels from the top is pretty good, although not necessarily better than those you could have from around the Sablon in town. There are apparently programs for kids and students, which might be more interesting than just a visit to see the Atomium itself. While there, be sure to check out Mini Europe next door, with its miniature replicas of famous sites and architecture from around the European Union; the Oceade water park; and Park de Laeken. This is a personal opinion of a KiddieMundo user.

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    Square de l'Atomium 1
    1020 Brussels, Belgium
    +32 (0)2 475 47 75

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