The tour is divided into two steps (PDF):
1/ The panorama
Departure from the ground floor with the elevator to the panorama
2/ The exhibitions
Departure on foot from the ground floor* to the upper levels
(*) This part of the tour includes besides escalators, 80 steps to go up and 167 steps to get down divided over different levels.
The Children’s sphere
is only accessible for schools on reservation only or during prescheduled workshops.
The other spheres are technical areas, or exclusively reserved for hire
and therefore not open to the general public.
The panorama restaurant
(level 8) is – strictly speaking – not part of the visit but it is freely accessible from level 7 if you want to eat or drink something.
Apart from the upper sphere, which is accessible by the lift, the rest of the Atomium is not easy for people with restricted mobility, and unfortunately it is not suitable for wheelchairs.
This is because of the very design of the building, which was constructed at a time when this was simply not an issue. Everything possible was done during the restoration work in 2006, and we do apologise that we can’t offer easier access to people with restricted mobility.
Anyone who needs assistance (people in wheelchairs etc.) must be accompanied. Anyone accompanying somebody in a wheelchair must pay for his/her ticket, although entrance is free for anybody with a disability permit.
Due to steep and narrow escalators and many stairs, the visit with a baby carriage in the Atomium is not possible and therefore not allowed.
It is strictly prohibited:
to eat your own picnic,
to enter the building with an animal, apart from guided dogs.
there is no cloakroom at the Atomium,
the content of your luggage may be controlled,
children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult,
strollers and travel bags need to be left at the ticketing office,
school or extracurricular groups must be accompanied by at least one adult per 10 minors,
our video surveillance system is designed to guarantee your safety,
the bipods are emergency exits and access to them is strictly prohibited during a normal visit.