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Avenue de l'Atomium

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Considered to be a symbol of Brussels and Belgium, this molecule-shaped stainless steel structure was originally built for the 1958 World's Fair, but due to its popularity, ended up sticking around and now houses multiple exhibition spaces dedicated to different aspects of Belgian culture, from science to the arts. Travel experts 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.

Some travelers, however, say the Atomium isn't worth the price of admission or the wait time to enter the attraction. Travelers also advise others to visit only if it's a sunny day, as anything less provides lackluster views from the top.

Neighboring Mini-Europe in northern Brussels, the attraction is less than a mile southeast from the Heysel/Heizel metro stop. The Atomium is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is €11 EUR for adults and €8 EUR for children. For more information, check out the Atomium's website.

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