The Atomium museumAbout half and hour to 45 min ride in a metro gets you to Atomium. This place was constructed in the year 1958 for the Brussels world fair. Its design is one the most unique in the world. The Atomium depicts nine iron atoms in the shape of the body-centred cubic unit cell of an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times!! (I copied that from wikipedia). Basically each sphere houses a station of exhibits of a particular theme and all the spheres are connected to one another. From the top most sphere you will be treated to a panoramic view of Belgium.
With memories of lots of places visited last day, we woke up early in the lovely weather. Initially we had a plan to do checkout around 9:30am and go directly to Gare du Midi for our train to Antwerp, but we change it to cover another landmark of Brussels, before leave it. Its Atomium, depicts nine iron atoms in the shape of the body-centered cubic unit cell of an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times. We started around 8:30am and it took around 35 minutes to reach Atomium through M7 from station Princ Elisabeth (Princ.Elisabeth to Araucaria and then Bus T3 to reach Heysel). Princ Elisabeth station was 600m from our hostel. Near Atomium, there was a park called Mini Europe, which is reproductions of monuments in the European Union on show, at a scale of 1:25. Roughly 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented. We stayed there for a while and had some panoramic clicks. After that we took M6 metro which took around 20 minutes to reach Midi Station.
AtomiumThe big round things you see in every Brussels guide is the Atomium building, which was built for the first post war universal world exhibition. A 5 minute walk from the Heysel/ Heizel metro station and you reach the Atomium. I suggest taking your time and walking around the area, looking at that unusual architecture. A fee of 11 euro has to be paid to visit the building where you can find exhibitions explaining how and why the Atomium was made, an observation deck giving you a view of Brussels.