Want to fool your friends that you saw all of Europe? Easy. Just photograph the dozens of 1:25-scale models of the continent’s top...
Palais du Centenaire
The distinctive 1930 art-deco Palais du Centenaire features terraced tiers capped by statues.
Stade Roi Baudouin
In Heysel the national stadium hosts major cycling races, athletics meetings and international football matches. For club matches,...
The Atomium's panorama-level restaurant reopens after the exhibits have closed, putting starched cloths on its functional tables and...
Sq de l'Atomium · interesting places nearby
The space-age Atomium looms 102m over north Brussels’ suburbia, resembling a steel alien from a '60s Hollywood movie. It consists of nine house-sized metallic balls linked by steel tube-columns containing escalators and lifts. The balls are arranged like a school chemistry set to represent iron atoms in their crystal lattice…except these are 165 billion times bigger. It was built as a symbol of postwar progress for the 1958 World’s Fair and became an architectural icon, receiving a makeover in 2006.
At night the spheres sparkle magically and, except during midsummer, the panorama-level restaurant reopens at 6.30pm, putting starched cloths on its functional tables and serving decent dinners with a view. Dinner guests don’t pay the tower entrance fee, but reservations are essential.