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Manneken Pis, Brussels

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A curiously famous landmark, Manneken Pis depicts a small bronze boy urinating into a fountain. The history behind the statue is contested, with several different legends surrounding the naked boy. Brussels artist Jerome Duquesnoy designed the sculpture in 1619, but because of many thefts over the years, the original statute today sits in the Maison du Roi/Broodhuis in Grand Place. Just a short walk from the main square, you'll know you're getting close when the souvenir shops feature larger-than-life versions of the landmark sculpture. At only 61 cm (24 in), this small sculpture has garnered huge attention, even having a chain of French-fry shops named after him. The little boy is dressed regularly in the attire of an organ builder, mayor of Brussels, and judo practitioner. Visit his female counterpart, Jeanneke Pis, squatting in a street nearby. Use our Brussels trip planner to arrange your visit to Manneken Pis and other attractions in Brussels.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I disappointed me a little, is very, but very small and the site where it is located, almost can go unnoticed if it were because there are always people taking pictures. I liked what said me, they dress her up with different outfits, according to parties or events of the city, when we were was dressed in a suit of newsprint, even booties I had feet of paper and a portfolio, under the right arm.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The most famous sculpture of Brussels you certainly should once have seen ... ... dressed up or not. It is very busy and you have to watch out for pickpockets!
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  • August 17, 2017
    What expected me larger but it is funny to see, it is very central and next to the plaza. I recommend eating a waffle sugar (great!) only if it is in winter to warm.
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  • June 12, 2017
    I thought it was bigger. But it seems very popular with tourists. There are good places to eat waffles, drink beer and buy chocolate and some souvenir shops. For those in a hurry this is a good place to go to get things within walking distance
  • June 12, 2017
    It's a small statue of a little bit peeing. Sometimes they dress it up. Prepare to be underwhelmed. It's only a short walk from the grand place so you might as well check it out if you're there since it's a bizarre source of pride for this city.
  • June 10, 2017
    Cute little statue, amazing how everyone visits this place just to see the 'Manneken Pis'. Costumes are changed every week, and I found this adorable but there's nothing more to say about it. 3/5
  • June 10, 2017
    The statue is small but historical... the streets surrounding the statue is worth the visit... Definitely try a waffle and stock up on chocs. Lots of dessert type food to give a sugar high experience!
  • June 30, 2017
    Bit disappointing when you see it the first time. You would expect something more impressive. If lucky you'll see it wearing occasional clothing.

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Where to stay in Brussels

It's easy to find accommodations in Brussels for nearly any budget. Tourists generally gravitate to the area surrounding Grand-Place, the city's main square. Also consider staying near Stephanie Square Centre and Boulevard de Waterloo, which are both centrally located. As Europe's unofficial capital, the city boasts a wealth of high-end hotels for visiting diplomats, concentrated along glitzy Avenue Louise. Those looking for a low-budget option will find a host of hostels scattered around the Grand-Place and within walking distance to the city's main attractions.
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