The Atomium is a metallic model of an elementary iron crystal, enlarged 165 billion times. However, standing at 335 ft tall, this shiny, spherical, yet cube-like structure is much more than that. Constructed in 1958 for the World’s Fair in Brussels, the Atomium was designed to symbolize peace and an optimistic view of an ultra-modern future. While it was intended to only be a temporary structure, “Europe’s most bizarre building” (says CNN) remains very popular among tourists and Belgians alike. Visitors can engage in new interactive exhibits, take escalators or stairs through colorful tubes that connect each sphere, witness some tremendous panoramic views, and even enjoy a nice meal from the restaurant atop the structure.
*This adventure is a bit time-consuming, as the Atomium is located a ways north of the center of Brussels.*Directions: Take the Métro to Heysel/Heizel and then walk about 5 minutes through a pavilion towards the Atomium.
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