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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Walking around Brussels you will see a lot of magnificent statues and fixtures. And then you get to this. Not what I expected. It very small and stuff in a corner beside a waffle shop. Since you're there go to the waffle shop! Those were the best waffles I had while I was in Brussels.
  • Very underwhelming sculpture. Great and fun streets surrounding it, however. The waffles must be done. If you prefer light and airy, order a Brussels style. If you prefer dense and sweet, order a liege.
  • It's a statue of a pissing boy, what do you expect from a review? Yes, it is worth to see, because Brussels is quite small (I mean the city centre). But it's a shame that this is one of the most visited sights in this beautiful city. When I was there, the boy was clothed and there were drunk singing guys giving free beer to other visitors, that's why I rated two stars instead of one.
  • It's a small statue of a boy pissing. It's a national landmark for Belgium, so if you are in Brussels you might as well go, but there is nothing much to it. Waffle shop near the the statue is famous and delicious. You should definitely try them.
  • Even though the Manneken Pis is not the real one, as I was told, it is the icon of the country. It was smaller that I thought but very iconic. The waffle and the chocolate around the the statue is very famous and delicious. Must buy and must try.

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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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