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Brussels Atomium Entry Ticket with Free Design Museum Ticket

1. Brussels Atomium Entry Ticket with Free Design Museum Ticket

Discover stunning panoramic views of Brussels and explore exhibitions about Belgium and digital art with this entry ticket to the Atomium. Take a walk through design works from the 20th and 21st centuries with a ticket to the Design Museum. Enter the iconic Atomium which symbolizes an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times. Step into this relic of the past which was created for the 1958 World Fair. Marvel at 360-degree panoramic views of the 19 municipalities of Brussels. Stroll through the permanent Atomium exhibition which tells the history of this pavilion. Visit two temporary exhibitions, including 'ID#2021', an immersive sound and light show and 'View from My Window' which tells the a Belgian success story through a multimedia display. Have the option to purchase Belgian specialties or seasonal dishes at the Atomium Restaurant which offers exceptional views from 95 meters above ground. Visit the Design Museum Brussels to learn about Belgian design and its history. Make your way through permanent and temporary exhibits and see the Plastics Design Collection of around 2000 plastic objects.

Brussels Mini-Europe Admission Ticket

2. Brussels Mini-Europe Admission Ticket

Discover Europe's most popular attractions in miniature. Encounter monuments from across the continent recreated down to the smallest detail. See a 4-meter high Big Ben, and 13-meter tall Eiffel tower, with all attractions recreated at a scale of 1 to 25. Be amazed at the eruption of Vesuvius and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Watch the launch of Ariane V and marvel at many other working models. Both young and old will enjoy spending a couple of hours exploring Mini-Europe. Experience also a fascinating and interactive Spirit of Europe exhibit that takes you through the history of the European Union, its place in the world. A catalog brimming with interesting anecdotes is included with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

3. Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Brussels with a flexible one or two-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Enjoy the flexibility and freedom to jump on and off when you desire. See sites such as the Charles Rogier Square, Grote Markt, the Grand Place, and many more.  Choose a 1 or 2-day ticket to suit your schedule and start your sightseeing journey. Use your ticket on the blue and red routes and hop off wherever you like. See the sites you want to and spend as much time as you want there at your leisure. Pick a seat in the open-top for panoramic views or in the covered cabin to stay warm. Listen to the recorded commentary about the highlights, sit back, relax, and enjoy unlimited travel for 24 or 48 hours. Follow the blue bus route to see the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral, the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, and Botanical Garden. This route also passes the Charles Rogier Square, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Church of Our Lady of Laeken, the Royal Castle of Laeken, and Royal Greenhouses. Don't forget to stop off and take pictures at the Atomium, the Magritte Museum, Sainte-Catherine Square, the Manneken-Pis, and the market square to see the Grand Place. As well, explore the outstanding City Hall and the Art Nouveau major townhouses, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Jump on the red route to stop at the Place Royale to see the best viewpoint over Brussels, Mont des Arts. Hop off at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Sablons quarter, and the European Parliament, if you like. On this route, you can also see the Coudenberg Palace, the Musical Instruments Museum, the Horta Museum, or the Royal Museums of Art and History.

Brussels: City Card with STIB Public Transportation

4. Brussels: City Card with STIB Public Transportation

Save time and money in Brussels and get access to 49 museums and attractions. Choose from a 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour Brussels Card and create your own itinerary in the city. Present your card at the ticket desk of any of the participating venues and it will be electronically validated and activated on first use. Benefit from free access to all permanent collections, along with most temporary exhibitions at participating museums (excluding the Old Masters Museum, Natural Sciences Museum, Cinquantenaire Museum, and the Hall Gate). You can visit the same museum as many times as you like.  Avail of discounts on various attractions and tours, along with exclusive offers at shops, restaurants, and bars. Plan your visit with the free booklet you’ll receive when you exchange your voucher and make use of the STIB public transportation network to travel for free. Museums: • AfricaMuseum • Art & History Museum • Art & Marges Museum • Autoworld Brussels • Autrique House • Belgian Chocolate Village • Belgian Comic Strip Center • Belgian Museum of Freemasonry • BELvue Museum • Boghossian Foundation BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts) • Brussels City Museum • CENTRALE for contemporary art • Charlier Museum • Choco-Story Brussels • CIVA • Coudenberg Palace • Design Museum Brussels • Erasmus House and Old Beguinage • Fashion & Lace Museum • Fin-de-Siècle Museum • Fondation Jacques Brel (permanent exhibition) • GardeRobe MannekenPis • Halle Gate • Jewish Museum of Belgium • KANAL - Centre Pompidou • KBR museum • La Fonderie – Brussels Museum of Industry and Work • Le Botanique Magritte Museum • Maurice Béjart House • Meise Botanic Garden • MIGRATIEMUSEUMMIGRATION MIMA - Millennium Iconoclast • Museum of Art • MOOF (Museum of Original Figurines) • Museum of abstract art • Museum of Medicine • Museum of Natural Sciences • Museum of the Belgian Brewers • Musical Instruments Museum • Old Masters Museum • Planetarium of Brussels • René Magritte Museum • Royal Military Museum • Schaerbeek Beer Museum • Sewer Museum • The Crossbow Guild Museum • Train World WIELS • Experience.brussels: free entrance + free booklet • Koekelberg Basilica: -2€ off the individual entrance fee for the panoramic view (6€) • ARAU (Art Nouveau tours): -30% off the individual ticket price (20€) • Bamko (feminist and decolonial tours): -30% off the individual ticket price • Beer and Chocolate Tour: -10€ off the adult ticket price (80€) • Brussels by Water: -2€ off the adult ticket price (6€) • Brussels City Tours: -15% off the adult ticket price for all tours (Ghent, Bruges, Brussels, Amsterdam, Ypres…) • City Runs: -25% off the tour prices (24€) • L-Tour (rainbow tours): -30% off the individual ticket price (10€) • Town Hall: -50% off the ticket price (7€ adults, 5€ students & pensioners) • Wetsi Art Gallery (female African artists-tours) -25% off the individual ticket price (12€) Shops: • De Biertempel: -25% • Brussels Beer Project: free beer of the month • Librairie Galerie Brüsel: -5% • Elisabeth: -15% • Godiva Manneken Pis: -25% • Planète Chocolat: -20% Restaurants and Bars: • A La Mort Subite: free coffee • Archiduc: -50% on concerts • Les filles: free coffee • Brasserie Horta: free coffee • Restaurant Aux Armes de Bruxelles: -15% off the bill • Restaurant Chez Léon: -15% off the bill • Moeder Lambic: free tapa • Restaurant du MIM: free coffee Alternative Transportation • Electric bike Billy Bike: free ride • Electric scooter Circ: free ride

Brussels: Full-Day Excursion from Amsterdam

5. Brussels: Full-Day Excursion from Amsterdam

Discover the treasures of Belgium on a full-day excursion from Amsterdam. A variety of outstanding beers, waffles and chocolates await, as do sights as varied as the Royal Palace and the Atomium in Brussels. You’ll stop first in Brussels, where you’ll enjoy a tour of the top attractions. See the Atomium, at the site of the 1958 World Fair, and memorable landmarks such as the Royal Palace, the European Commission buildings, the Palace of Justice and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After this, there will be a guided walk through the historic city center, where you will visit the Grand Place, the beautiful central square, and the iconic statue Mannekepis. Along the way, you will see a demonstration by a chocolatier and get the change to taste some famous Belgian chocolate.  After a full day of sightseeing, you’ll head back to the center of Amsterdam.

Brussels Card: 24, 48 or 72 Hour Validity

6. Brussels Card: 24, 48 or 72 Hour Validity

Choose a 24, 48, or 72 hour card and you can visit the same museum as many times as you like. You simply need to present your Brussels Card at the ticket desk and it will be electronically validated and activated the first time you use it. You’ll have free access to all permanent collections of the museums. Most of the temporary exhibitions are also included, except at Old Masters Museum, Natural Sciences Museum and Cinquantenaire Museum.  The discounts for the various attractions, tours, shops, restaurants, and bars provided in the booklet you’ll receive when you exchange your voucher are for single use only, but the discounts remain valid even after the Brussels Card has expired. To obtain a discount, you simply need to present the Brussels Card and the corresponding voucher. Museums (Free entry): AfricaMuseum Art & History Museum Art & Marges Museum Autoworld Brussels Autrique House Belgian Chocolate Village Belgian Comic Strip Center Belgian Museum of Freemasonry BELvue Museum Boghossian Foundation BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts) Brussels City Museum CENTRALE for contemporary art Charlier Museum Choco-Story Brussels CIVA Coudenberg Palace Design Museum Brussels Erasmus House and Old Beguinage Fashion & Lace Museum Fin-de-Siècle Museum Fondation Jacques Brel (permanent exhibition) GardeRobe MannekenPis Halle Gate Jewish Museum of Belgium KANAL - Centre Pompidou KBR museum La Fonderie – Brussels Museum of Industry and Work Le Botanique Magritte Museum Maurice Béjart House Meise Botanic Garden MIGRATIEMUSEUMMIGRATION MIMA - Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art MOOF (Museum of Original Figurines) Museum of abstract art Museum of Medicine Museum of Natural Sciences Museum of the Belgian Brewers Musical Instruments Museum Old Masters Museum Planetarium of Brussels René Magritte Museum Royal Military Museum Schaerbeek Beer Museum Sewer Museum The Crossbow Guild Museum Train World WIELS Attractions (discounts): Experience.brussels: free entrance + free booklet Koekelberg Basilica: -2€ off the individual entrance fee for the panoramic view (6€) Shops (discounts): De Biertempel: -25% on purchase of 35€ or more Elisabeth (chocolate store): -15% on purchase of 35€ or more Godiva Manneken Pis (chocolate store): -15% on purchase of 35€ or more Librairie Galerie Brüsel: -5% on every purchase Planète Chocolat: -20% on every purchase and / or -1€ off chocolate demonstrations Restaurants and Bars (discounts) Archiduc: -50% on concerts Aux Armes de Bruxelles: -15% off the bill Brasserie Horta: free coffee (if ordered with a waffle, a crêpe or an ice-cream) Chez Léon: -15% off the bill La Fleur en Papier Doré: free coffee (if ordered with a “Brussels’ specials” dish) or 1€ off drinks Les Filles: free coffee (if ordered with lunch) Moeder Lambic: 1 free tapa (charcuterie), if taken with 2 beers Brussels Beer Project: 1 free beer of the month (12,5 cl) if taken with a beer from the taproom Alternative Transportation Electric bike Billy Bike: free ride Electric Scooter Dott: free ride

Brussels: Grand City Bus Tour

7. Brussels: Grand City Bus Tour

Who hasn’t dreamt of seeing Brussels? A tour of Brussels is a good introduction to Belgium. Discover the ancient buildings of the city and its splendid modern part on board the bus. Your tour will begin at the majestic Grand Place from where the coach will take you to Saint-Michael’s cathedral.  Visit the widely known Atomium and pass by the Chinese pavilion and Japanese Tower. From the Royal Residence you will return to the city center to visit the Sablon area, with its numerous antique shops, while passing the Palace of Justice and Royal Palace. The next part of your tour covers the district in which you will see the headquarters of the European Parliament and Commission. Choose between a private and a shared option.

Brussels: Private Guided Tour

8. Brussels: Private Guided Tour

Explore Brussels and see the highlights on a guided tour. Begin with a pickup from your hotel in downtown Brussels in a luxurious and air-conditioned car. Learn about the Belgian capital’s history as you spot signature sights such as the Mannekin Pis peeing boy statue and St Michael’s Cathedral. Admire the Grand Place, note the flamboyant buildings of the art nouveau quarter, absorb the views from the dome of the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and more. Enjoy a flexible itinerary with the option to tailor the sightseeing to your interests.

Brussels: 49 Museums, Atomium, and Discounts Card

9. Brussels: 49 Museums, Atomium, and Discounts Card

The Brussels Card grants you access to 49 museums with skip-the-line admission to Atomium, the symbol of Brussels, for 24, 48, or 72 hours. Save up to 40% compared to regular admission. Among the included museums are the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Magritte Museum, Museum of Chocolate Choco-Story, Belgian Comic Strip Center, all the exhibitions at the Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR, Museum of Natural Sciences, and many more. There’s no need to book in advance. Your Brussels Card is activated when you scan it for the first time in a museum or in the Atomium. From this moment on, it is valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours. Your Brussels Card includes extra dining, drinking, shopping, entertainment, and tour discounts to help you save even more along the way. The Brussels Card includes the following: • Atomium skip-the-line ticket • Access to 49 museums: Magritte Museum, Choco-Story Brussels, Autoworld Brussels, Belgian Comic Strip Center, Museum of the Belgian Brewers, Old Masters Museum+Fin-de-Siècle Museum, BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts), Brussels City Museum, GardeRobe MannekenPis, Museum of Natural Sciences, Musical Instruments Museum, Boghossian Foundation, Royal Military Museum, Fondation Jacques Brel (permanent exhibition), MIMA - Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art, AfricaMuseum, BELvue Museum, Art & History Museum, MOOF (Museum of Original Figurines), Train World, Halle Gate, Meise Botanic Garden, Planetarium of Brussels, CENTRALE for contemporary art, Museum of abstract art + René Magritte Museum, Jewish Museum of Belgium, Belgian Chocolate Village, Fashion & Lace Museum, Le Botanique, Coudenberg Palace, ADAM – Brussels Design Museum, Art & Marges Museum, Autrique House, Belgian Museum of Freemasonry, Charlier Museum, Erasmus House and Old Beguinage, La Fonderie – Brussels Museum of Industry and Work, Maurice Béjart House, Museum of Medicine, Sewer Museum, The Crossbow Guild Museum, WIELS, Migratie Museum Migration, CIVA, Kanal - Centre Pompidou, KBR museum, and the Schaerbeek Beer Museum • Discounts on attractions:  Enjoy the panoramic view at Koekelberg Basilica and visit Mini-Europe, the only park that allows you to travel across Europe in a matter of hours • Discounts on guided tours: ARAU - Art Nouveau & Art Deco tours, Beer and Chocolate Tour, Boat trip in Brussels with 'Brussels by Water', Brussels City Tours: tours in Brussels, Belgium and beyond (Ghent, Bruges, Amsterdam, Ypres…), City Runs: explore the city combining culture & jogging, Visit Brussels' Town Hall • Discounts on alternative transportation: One ride on the electric bike, Billy Bike, and one ride on the electric scooter • Discounts in shops: De Biertempel - beers store, Elisabeth - chocolate store, Godiva Manneken Pis - chocolate store, Librairie Galerie Brüsel - bookshop, Planète Chocolat - chocolate store • Discounts in restaurants and bars: Archiduc, A La Mort Subite, Aux Armes de Bruxelles, Brasserie Horta, Chez Léon, La Fleur en Papier Doré, Les Filles, MIM Restaurant, Moeder Lambic, Brussels Beer Project

Brussels: Full-Day Antwerp and Ghent Guided Tour

10. Brussels: Full-Day Antwerp and Ghent Guided Tour

At 8:30AM you will be picked up from a meeting point in the center of Brussels to head towards the city of Antwerp. On your way to Antwerp you will make a stop for a few minutes at the emblematic Atomium, where you will take a picture and continue your trip. Once there you will explore the Meat Market, Steen Castle, Town Hall Square, the Gothic-style Church of Our Lady, the Church of San Carlos de Borromeo, the Walk of the Cakes, and the beautiful Meir Street. Following this guided tour, you will receive an hour of free time to explore the city at your own leisure. The next destination will be the beautiful and powerful city of Ghent. Throughout this visit you will see the Cathedral of San Bavón (which contains the famous painting of the Van Eyck brothers), the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, the Belfort Bell Tower, the peculiar Gothic and Renaissance Town Hall, the Church of San Nicolás, the Guild House of the Masons, the Wharf of the Herbs and the Grain, the Meat Market, and the majestic Castle of the Counts of Flanders. Following this magical trip you will re-board your bus, upon which you will return back to Brussels.

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What people are saying about Atomium

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,616 reviews

Very nice place. Buying the tickets before going is the best option to avoid the long line. I'm afraid that the accessibility there is limited, once there are lots of stairs. If you would like to join the restaurant at the top of the museum make a reservation beforehand (food prices are ok, and the view is very nice).

It's a really cool activity, the models are really beautiful and the path to follow makes for a pleasant visit. I think that if you're visiting Brussels for the first time, you should do it

Excellent. I recommend it. If you go in summer, it is better to go protected from the sun. Inside there is an establishment where you can buy to eat, drink and use bathrooms.

Very nice and helpful driver. The routes lead through the city in a varied way. This gives you an impression of how people live in Brussels.

Well worth a visit. Great light effects inside and comprehensive history of the build and design