The Atomium, national Belgium symbol in glass and steel
Along with the Manneken-Pis, the Atomium, featuring glass and steel spheres, is the other national Belgium symbol in the sky of Brussels.
In Belgium, there is not a single souvenirs boutique that does not sell the Atomium in the shape of a pen, a comemorative coin, t-shirt, model or key chain ! This silver structure culminating at 102 meters was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1958. Comprising metallic spheres imitating a large iron crystal mesh, it is the pride of the kingdom of Belgium.
In the glass and stainless steel spheres of the Atomium
Linked together by gangways, stairs and elevators, the nine spheres, covered in stainless steel, conceived by engineer André Weterkeyn, as well as architects André and Jean Polakrer, were meant at the origin to last only six months. Having become a major touristic attraction, it offers a 360° panorama on Brussels, and on a clear day, you can see all the way to Antwerp.
A touristic and festive attraction
Visitors come here as a family to attend the animated educational workshops, discover temporary expositions, attend a film preview, a solemn ceremony, a live concert, participate in a party or a conference. But also to taste the refined specialties of Alexandre Masson, a great chef who revisits finger licking good local international specialties.