Inside the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium + Mini Europe
On the train from Amsterdam to Paris, we decided to take a detour and spend a day and night in Brussels. One reason I wanted to stop was to see the Atomium, which was a pit stop on the Amazing Race.
What is it?The Atomium is the main pavilion and attraction for World's Fair in Brussels in 1958. It is like Belgium's own Eiffel Tower. It is a iron crystal with 9 atoms enlarged 165 billion times.
How to get there: public transit is an option but I just used uber. It was about 20 Euro for an Uber ride - 17 min from downtown (Ubers speak french btw).
Ticket cost - for student ID discount - 24.2 Euro for Atomium + Mini Europe between 10:00 to 17:00. (Design Museum also included, but didn't get a chance to check it out.)
TIPS: There is a bathroom in the lobby, but you have to pay an attendant outside 1 Euro. Only use if emergency, otherwise if you can wait 20-30 min there is a bathroom at the very top near the cafe, but it takes a while to get to the cafe bathroom.
If you don't want to go inside and just take pics outside, you can grab snacks at the downstairs outside cafe, such as a Belgian waffle.
What is it like inside:
Like being inside a science experiment! Would not recommend if you are claustrophobic.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes, at the cafe/bar at the very top.
This was fun to check out and I recommend the combo ticket if you are already seeing the Atomium. It also has some neat views of the Atomium.