Manneken Pis
Manneken Pis
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Nicknamed "Brussel's Oldest Citizen," this bronze statue of a little boy and a fountain was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy in 1619, and has become a familiar (and irreverent) symbol of the city.
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  • hobbit3111
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gotta be done!
    So random and bizarre but a fun thing to see and takes all of a minute or two. Bit sad he had a weird cloak on - would rather be able to actually see the statue himself. Fun and touristy part of town - worth going to the street generally even if only to enjoy the lush sweet smell everywhere! (Makes a nice change to the smell of pee in the rest of the city!)
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Keith R
    Hong Kong, China524 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice focus point for a quick visit to Brussels
    Had a few hours stop-over in Brussels so got the train into town and did a self-guided tour of some of the sights and chocolate shops, frites shops, waffles shops and bar. All within about 3 minutes walk of the Mannekin Pis. It was great fun, and if you're there early enough (9am?), you can get a great picture of the statue before it's too busy.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Haup88
    Charlotte, North Carolina191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Why wouldn’t you go..
    Short walk from the Grand Palace down a cobblestone street lined with shops. It’s a statue of o boy pis’ ing. Was disappointed that he wasn’t dressed up. We all had fun taking pictures of him peeing on our heads.. we are those people!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • VinnieLondon
    Doha, Qatar12,797 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s smaller than you imagine 😁
    The famous peeing boy located few minutes walk from the Grand Place. The fountain is on a street corner and you could easily miss but worth a quick stop to see the iconic little man. Bizarrely around the corner is a museum with him in a multitude of different outfits.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 5, 2023
  • JD
    The Netherlands559 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fine for a pic
    Depends what your expectations are before you visit. For us, it was a little bit of fun that’s all. If you expect something grand, you will be disappointed. It’s a small monument and hardly impressive, but as it’s in a bustling area a one minute visit for a photo while in the area makes it worthwhile.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • lindasllim
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia966 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The iconic bronze statue of a peeing boy
    While in Brussels, one famous landmark is an iconic statue that visitors come to see - the Manneken Pis. Visitors may be surprised to find it's a small bronze statue of a little boy urinating into a fountain. There's a few stories behind the peeing boy and why town had the statue of Manneken Pis dedicated to him. We took a few photos of the statue and left the place as it was crowded with tourists. This area has numerous shops selling Belgian chocolates, Manneken Pis and other belgian landmarks sold as souvenirs.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • CJTravelerTexas
    Texas8,970 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lacking Significance
    The Manneken Pis, a sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating, is a popular destination in Brussels for tourists and tour guides; during the few minutes I was there more than 100 people from various countries were present. During the very brief visit, I assisted several people take group photographs. The current sculpture is a replica; the original is in the Brussels City Museum. This statue, and the people flocking to see it, brought to mind the title of William Shakespeare’s comedy written in the late 1590s – “Much Ado About Nothing.”
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Matvl
    5,429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yeah it’s small, but you have to see it…
    Of course it’s a small statue, but for sheer farce it is a must see. Yes you can take a picture and walk past. But if you’re in Brussels you have to… or course. So 5 stars for making a random statue a global landmark.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 12, 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,502 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be Prepared for Crowds
    You will find crowds of tourists here snapping photos of this very small fountain sculpture. It is one of the iconic images of the city, a bit cheeky to be sure. But I did not find it interesting or attractive. And the crowds are rough.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 2, 2023
  • Tom M
    Grantham, United Kingdom59 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but very touristy
    Very big tourist trap but nevertheless interesting to go and see. When we went it was surrounded by tourists and tour groups but you could still get a good view of it. Plus you have to go and see it when in Brussels really.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 15, 2024
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Jim W
Sindelfingen, Germany7,364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It is not the size that matter. I had previously visited Brussels and must have walked by this statue unknowingly. It is relatively small so unless you know where it is, it can be easily missed. During my second visit to Brussels, I was on a tour with a guide who made sure we saw this unique fountain. Apparently, I was off by one day when they dress the little guy up and allegedly beer flows from the fountain. Regardless, it is worth stopping by, but make sure you don't have to pee because seeing this may may you want to go more!
Written March 29, 2020
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karula76
Los Angeles, CA764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
During a walking tour of the city, the guide brought us to this famous fountain called Manneken Pis (yes, the name is real!). I didn’t know anything about this funny fountain, which displays a little boy peeing. It’s a symbol of the easy going and humorous nature of the Belgian people. There is even a statue of a little girl peeing, just outside the Delirium bar!
Written January 5, 2020
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Ninni R
Helsinki, Finland865 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
This was a fun attraction to walk to from the Grand Place. Quite many people but you can get really close. Depending of the time of the year, they put clothes on him so he was wearing very dapper clothing 😁 I also recommend searching for Janneken Piss in the city, that makes a fun tour
Written April 24, 2022
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Colin S
45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
If you have ever been to see the Mona Lisa, you'll have the exact same feeling. You build it up to be a great experience seeing this monument but are deflated quite quickly when you see what it is. No more than 60cm tall peeing statue
Written January 4, 2020
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the-hospitality-expertKE
Brussels, Belgium53 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I wasn't expecting the rush and swarms of people around this little statuette. Honestly, it was a lot lot smaller than I was expecting. The statue ;)

It's hobbled in a little corner, you could easily just walk by it if it weren't for the swarms of people. It's nice to see, but it was a little anticlimactic.
Written October 25, 2020
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Sasha M
Barwell, UK40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It’s a small statue - of a little kid having a wee. Randomly we went early in the morning to see the statue being dressed up, as what I can only assume was a mini vampire (I’m being sarcastic). Very random, very funny. Usually crowded at all times of day.
Written January 27, 2020
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Bubbles73uk
Weedon Bec, UK841 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Manneken Pis is the city's most popular attraction. It's a small fountain that represents a peeing boy, hence the name. Manneken Pis has it's own wardrobe & you can see it dressed in a different costume several times a week. However, don't expect anything big! The bronze fountain is really small - only 61cm tall.
Written January 5, 2020
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI985 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Walking from the train station to our hotel, Manneken Pis was the first tourist attraction we came across! There was a crowd and, fortunately for us, a tour guide (leading a group of students) sharing the history and tradition of this famed statue of a young boy pissing. Great fun watching the crowd and all the selfies being shot! We stopped by several times during our time in Brussels, even stopping by late one evening just to see him naked. Wish would could have timed it to see who dresses/undresses him.
Written October 22, 2022
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Bob K
Fairfax, VA2,214 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Everyone wants to see and be seen with the symbol of Brussels - Mannekin Pis. He's popular all day long. We saw him wearing several outfits over several days. The Garderobe MannekenPis, which houses his costumes, is steps away from the fountain. Allow ~ 15 min for your visit.
Written February 12, 2020
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Heinie Hartendorp
Dubai, United Arab Emirates381 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
It took my wife and I to find this place as it was marked incorrectly on the map (hence I attached the map here to help others find it).

With all honesty when we got there, there were lots of people taking pics and all, but I just laughed coz after walking and getting lost for almost an hour, "this was it"?

Seeing the little man was fine.

What's the big deal with taking a pee anyhoo?
Written February 11, 2020
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