The sign of Brussels

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While the Atomium remains the main attraction of what is known as the Heysel plateau, a number of other substantial activities have been developed there since 1936.

One of the most visual points of Brussels is the Atomium - which is situated near the Expo area. You can almost see the magnificent building from the city centre; well you can if you are standing at the impressive Parliament building; but don’t try to walk or bike out there, it is pretty far.

 

The best way to get there is to take a bus, tram or go by car if you have it with you. The Atomium was rebuilt last year after been standing there since the world exhibition in the fifties; it totally needed it, and today it stands there in all its glory. The Atomium was built for Expo '58, or the 1958 Brussels World's Fair and it was designed by André Waterkeyn.

 

To strange and very different building is 102-metres tall, with nine steel spheres connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.

Atomium
(I wonder how one can come up with an idea like this.

 

The tubes which connect the spheres along the 12 edges of the cube and all eight vertices to the centre enclose escalators connecting the spheres contains exhibit halls and other public spaces.

 

The top sphere provides a great panoramic view of Brussels and I can recommend it. Each sphere is 18 metres in diameter are easily reachable with escalator and stairs. The vertical vertex contains a lift which was considered very fast and advanced at the time of building (the speed is 5 m/s)

 

While the Atomium is the sign of Brussels I always found that Brussels is like a small Paris with all its restaurants and small squares where you can sit and enjoy a coffee or a cold beer, and one of the things I particularly like about the city is that it is full of all different cultures, people and scents; it is wonderful to walk from place to place and feel that you are on a world tour in such a small capitol.

 

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