With its very futuristic look, I was quite surprised to find out that the Atomium was actually built in the 1950s. The Atomium was the main pavilion and icon of the World Fair of Brussels (1958) and was actually not intended to survive beyond then, but its popularity and success soon made it a key landmark of Brussels.

We visited on a beautifully hot day in August and were happy to see that it was not that crowded. The exhibits inside were quite interesting, and I enjoyed walking through the connecting tunnels between the spheres. Locals might find the Atomium too touristy to visit, but my Belgian boyfriend actually enjoyed going there.

All the photos are by my boyfriend. Check out his portfolio at gazeandgrin.com

Opening hours:

Every day (365/365): from 10am until 6pm (ticket office closes at 5:30pm).
December 24th & 31st: from 10am until 4pm (the ticket office closes at 3:15pm).
December 25th & January 1st: from 12pm until 6pm (the ticket office closes at 5:30pm).

Ticket prices:

Senior citizens (>65 yo): €13
Adults (18-65 yo) : €15
Teens (>115cm-17 yo): €8
Kids (≤115cm) : €0
Students (with ID): €8
Persons with disability: €8
Person with reduced mobility: €0


The Atomium is located in the Northern part of the city of Brussels, a 5 minute walk from the Heysel/Heizel metro station (line 6) and right opposite Mini-Europe. There are also parking spaces within the vicinity.