The Atomium is to Brussels what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. It is the most popular tourist attraction and the symbol of the city. The structure is 102 meters tall and depitcts the atoms of a molecule of iron, magnified 150 billion times. The Atomium was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1958. It was initially intended as a temporary structure, but because of its popularity among residents the structure still stands today. The nine spheres each have a diameter of eighteen meters. Six spheres are open to the public and connected to each other by escalators. In the upper sphere there is access to a nice restaurant. The Atomium can be reached from the city centre by subway line 6 and is within walking distance of the Heysel Metro Station.
Address: Atomiumlaan, 1020 Brussels