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In the shadow of the Atomium

- Arts · Architecture · Belgium national football team · Laken · Royal Palace of Laeken · Royal Castle of Laeken · Leopold II

Sur­round­ing the Atomium, on the grounds where the World Fair was once held, is the Hey­sel site. 11 of the palaces built for the ex­hi­bi­tion are host to a myr­iad of fairs. The 12th and last one is now a big con­cert arena, ap­pro­pri­ately named Palace 12. In the shadow of the Atomium, you’ll also find the city’s big­gest cin­ema, the Plan­e­tar­ium, the King Bau­douin Sta­dium (home base of the na­tional soc­cer team, the Red Devils) and Mini Europe (a park with minia­ture ver­sions of Europe’s finest build­ings and mon­u­ments). Na­ture afi­ciona­dos can en­ter the woods next to the Atomium and walk to the Royal Palace of Laeken or the Chi­nese Pavil­ion and Ja­panese Tower, two ex­otic-look­ing build­ings which King Leopold II had built.

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