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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. Plan your visit to Manneken Pis and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Brussels tour planner.
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  • Much smaller than you would expect given that it's such a draw for tourists. You would nearly miss it as you round the corner just off the Grand Place.  more »
  • Sincerely is a doll, or rather a small statue this has nothing more but you view it i all those things the truth if you see it well if not calm not you lose anything
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  • And this would be the symbol of Brussels. A statue of a child who pees? Small and frankly ugly too? ... that is, if we were in Italy, this just doesn't moderate e solution nobody ... Ridiculous right
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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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