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Atomium

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  • Type: Museums, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.6)
Value: 3.0 (3.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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According to Frommer's, "As the Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris, the Atomium is the symbol of Brussels." Built for the 1958 World's Fair, this molecule-shaped stainless-steel structure now houses numerous exhibition spaces dedicated to different aspects of Belgian culture, from science and technology to fashion. Travel writers and recent visitors agree that this is a great place to bring the kids; they can play in the Kids' Sphere and even spend the night at this attraction. But if there's one reason to head north to the Atomium, it's the spectacular views of the city.

There are some recent visitors who say isn't worth the time or the money. As one person tells TripAdvisor: "For the cost of the attraction and the long wait to buy the ticket and then another long wait to see the atomium it was a bit of a letdown."

Neighboring Mini-Europe in northern Brussels, the Atomium is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is about $14 USD (€11 EUR) for adults and $10 USD (€8 EUR) for children. For more information, check out the Atomium's website.

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