Monday, February 3, 2014

Bits of Belgium: the Atomium (Brussels with kids)

We've been on 4 continents and we've seen major sites of this world. We've climbed to the top of many remarkable buildings, such as the space needle in Seattle, U.S., the Baiyoke Sky Tower in Bangkok, Thailand or the Fernsehturm in Berlin, Germany.
Yet, we had never visited the Atomium, a landmark of Belgium, located some... 50 km away from our home!
Well, It's done now, we've been there and may mark that spot on our list. Was it worth the short trip? Yes, definitely, it's been quite some fun! The Atomium offers an impressive elevator ride, a splendid view on the capital city (especially when you pick a bright, sunny day for your visit - as we did), and interesting permanent and temporary exhibitions. But the most enjoyable part has been to explore this awkward structure with the children, climb the stairs, watch the sky through round windows, get up and down through long metallic tubes.
When?: The Atomium is open throughout the year. In the low season, there's almost no need to queue to get up there.
What?: check atomium.be 
How much?: Children under the age of 6 enter for free, children aged 6-18 pay 6 euros, adults pay 11 euros