25 November, 2007
The Atomium is often called the Eiffel Tower of Brussels. We didn't understand that comment till we saw the structure in person. During one of our three days in Brussels, Belgium, we took a 30 minute metro ride to see the Atomium. It was unbelievable. It was designed by the engineer Andre Waterkeyn in 1958 or the International Exhibition of Brussels. It is meant to represent an iron crystal that is magnified 165 billion times. It is a major site on the Brussels skyline. Before we went inside, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was thinking that the inside could not live up to what it looked from from the outside, but I was wrong. The inside was put together very well. My favorite parts were the stairwells/ tunnels from sphere to sphere. The majority of them were lit up with neon lights resulting in an experience as you traveled through the structure. We finally reached the top sphere, which was 102 meters high. Once we reached the top, we were able to look down onto the entire city of Brussels.